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Patternbank recently teamed up with ‘Make It In Design‘ and supplied our Spring/Summer 18 print trend forecast intelligence to inspire and guide their Summer School pattern course. We’ve selected our key pattern highlights from the recently published galleries.


Check out the full gallery for the Pale Garden Summer trend brief here. View and purchase the Patternbank studio’s designs for the Pale Garden Summer trend collection.

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El Gato Chimney paints nature with extraordinary detail, the natural world is given a magical twist, birdlife and other fantastical creatures, dressed in adornments of patterned fabrics, carry their homes, sometimes on fire, wherever they go. El Gato lives and works in Milan, Italy and began his career as a self taught artist, with an interest in graffiti, street art, steampunk culture and surrealism. His research for his work includes subjects such as alchemy, ancient and modern art, magic, mirabilia, occultism, popular folklore, spiritualism and tribal art. Check out his Instagram for more of his magical birdlife and the James Freeman Gallery where his paintings are currently on show.

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Bloodlines, an exhibition currently running at The Andy Warhol Museum until May 21st 2017, presents a new body of work by New York-based artist Firelei Báez. The exhibition showcases paintings and drawings depicting textiles, hair designs and body ornaments, linking symbols of power with human gestures. Báez’s work is instantly beautiful with her gifted ease at using different mediums from abstract washes of paint to intricate drawings of botanical flora and fauna and mixing patterns along the way. Inspired by lineages of black resistance and making connections that further our understanding of dispersed groups, Báez is interested in the craft and art forms traditionally thought of as “women’s work” where textiles, jewellery and ceramics is constant in her work and this in turn can be seen in her own intensive artistic labour, understanding their struggles and illustrating this within her own work.

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The Patternbank team have poured over Spring/Summer 2016’s catwalk shows at London Fashion Week, to bring you Part 1 of London’s key print trends. Christopher Kane for Spring/Summer 2016 added a home spun edge to his crash and mend collection, with clashing brights and transparent layering. Vintage florals and heritage prints appeared on both Giles and Erdem’s runways with Emilia Wickstead adorning her models from head to toe in 50’s blooms and retro geos. Look out for part 2 of London fashion Week coming soon.

Christopher Kane S/S16


Neon Colour Clash – Paint Splatters – Spray Can Graffiti – Home Spun Embellishments – Layered Lace – Chaotic Embroidery – Mended Knitwear

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Giles S/S16


Ghostly Foxgloves – Trailing Florals – Placement Appliqué – Heritage Patterns – Stylised Elizabethan Prints – Broderie Anglaise

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Holly Fulton S/S16


Stylised Floral Embroidery – Circus Patterning – Layered Embroideries – Swirls & Stripes – Heavily Embellished Bodices

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Emilia Wickstead S/S16



Vintage Florals – Retro Geo’s – Clustered Blooms – Jewelled Embellishments

– 50’s Prints

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Erdem S/S16



Rustic Appliqué – Pretty Florals – Prarie Vintage – Laces – Silvery Jacquards – Spliced Pinstripe

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Fydor Golan S/S16



Minimal Graphic Prints – Sci-Fi Illustration – Foil Embellishments – Surreal Photo Florals – Glittery Blossom Repeats – Transformer Placements

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Edeline Lee S/S16



Candy Shades – Bold Graphic Placements – 80’s Mod Pop – Spacial Geometrics – Pastel Stripes – Yoko Honda Inspired

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Burberry Prorsum S/S16


Lace Mixes – Structured Braiding – 3D Floral Lace – Giant Floral Printed Lace – Bleached Out Florals – Beaded Flower Placements

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Antonio Berardi S/S16


Asymmetric Embellished Paisleys – Psychedelic Jacobean Patterns – Foil Over-Prints – Decorative Necklines – B&W/ Pastel Palette

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Daks S/S16


30’s Micro Patterns – Marbled Textures – Art Deco Prints – Soft Photo Florals – Smokey Hues – Monochrome Geo’s

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Patternbank brings you a snapshot of the key trends happening on the high street for A/W 15/16. This powerful  Black & White statement continues to be strong within print trends pushing through this Autumn, after the colourful hues of late Summer.



Silhouetted Blooms / Flowing Floral Placement / Linear Effects / Dense Coverage

Anthropologie / Givenchy / Issa / ReissMonsoon / Chloe / Marks & Spencer


Folk Inspired / Stylised Florals / Embroidery & Appliqué / Decorative Borders

French Connection / Marks & Spencer / Temperley London / Valentino / Monsoon / Urban Outfitters


Painted Effects / Drips and Dabbed / Mottled Brush Marks / Random Pattern

Anthropologie / A.L.C / French Connection / Whistles/ MCQ Alexander McQueen / Anthropologie


Niave Geometrics / Navaho Prints / Ethnic Borders / Bold Stripes

Chloe / Karen Millen / Monsoon / Sea / Monsoon  / Valentino


Patternbank love Eleanor Taylor’s somewhat somber illustrations, where she plays with symbols and folklore to create a textural narrative. Eleanor grew up in Brighton, England and after studying a BA in illustration she went on to complete an MA at The Royal College of Art. Experimenting with a mix of mediums from pencil, paint, ink and collage Eleanor brings all these elements together using digital techniques which adds another dimension to her work. Both decorative and conceptual ideas are equally important in Eleanor’s illustration’s to tell the story. Check out more of her visions on her tumblr



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Morgana Wallace mixes watercolour with paper collage to create these colourful three-dimentional illustrations using layers of cut paper to build on her mythical stories. Wallace is a mixed media artist based in Victoria, Canada where she puts together mythological scenes telling stories in texture, colour and beautiful detail. You can follow her work on her blog here and on instagram.



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Oregon based illustrator and designer Katie Daisy understands The Language of Flowers and appreciates nature, it’s in her soul as are many of her other favourite pastimes which she lists as professional daydreamer, lover of all things rural, songbirds, stargazing, love poems, hiking, mornings and wandering the country. Daisy works in watercolour and acrylic selling high quality prints through her etsy shop and licensing a wide range of products where she captures the spirit of her surroundings in word and picture. See her world at


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These charmingly nostalgic illustrations are the work of illustrator Phoebe Wahl. The artist had an unconventional childhood growing up in Washington state. With no formal schooling Phoebe gained her inspiration work ethics from her free range upbringing. The artist graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 with a BFA in Illustration, and currently lives in Portland, Oregon. See more from her website, and check out her contributions to Taproot magazine here.



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Romanian illustrator Aitch takes inspiration from her travels to create these charming pattern rich artworks. The artist studied graphic design and then went on to gain a B.A. degree in illustration and currently lives in Lisbon, Portugal after spending time living and working in various countries around the world. Patternbank love the naive, folkloric style in Aitch’s watercolours and the use of black backgrounds which illuminates her delicate brushwork. Take a peek at more from Aitch here.



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The Patternbank team are loving these vibrant crafted mandalas by South Carolina based artist Jay Mohler. Ojos de Dios also know as God’s Eyes which originates from Mexico and inspired by Huichol natives to protect people from evil. These colourful yarn mandalas make a impressive crafted statements and Mohler has mastered this art form. See more of his ojos and learn how to create them on his website here.



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Matt Lyon also known as C86 is a London-based artist and illustrator who loves to draw and doodle, creating wild shapes and patterns in vivid tropical colour. Lyon is a master of typography directly working with pen on paper where he captures the shapes and letterforms and then adds tonal colour from dark to light. The inspiration for many of his magical and playful fantasy lands where patterns and shapes emerge from allover, range from an interest in art and culture, including Folk Art, Paul Klee, Jean Dubuffet and illustrators, Jim Flora, Heinz Edelmann and David Klein. Lyon has worked for Nike, AOL, AT&T and Microsoft and his designs have been widely seen in books, magazines and wall spaces. See more at


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The Patternbank team are loving the expressive illustrations of Spanish artist Diego Marmolejo. Barcelona based illustrator Marmolejo describes himself as ‘a normal person who draws weird stuff, I talk with my fingers’. We love his beautiful illustrations which combine strong colour, floral pattern and strange goings on – amazing stuff. Check out more of his playful artworks on his site



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Starla Michelle’s paintings are captivating with there intense splashes of colour, minute details of pattern and beautifully painted flowers and animals. Michelle’s larger oil paintings can take over a year to complete which is not surprising when you see the amount of work that goes into them. Anthropologie have featured her work in their store and her paintings and limited edition prints are available to buy on her website


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Patternbank were at last weeks Pick Me Up graphic arts festival(24th April-5th May), the UK’s best annual contemporary graphic art fair at Somerset House, London. Now in it’s Fifth year the show has grown to be a great place to spot new and upcoming talent with original works and prints available to purchase.

Patternbank highlights the strongest Illustrators, graphic artists and studios seen at the festival this year.


Recent Graphic Design graduate from Central St Martins, Edward has already been championed by It’s Nice That and WRAP magazine. His highly original style combines bright colours, uniform width black outlines and a natural flair for creating narrative-rich imagery.



French-American illustrator and animator Jessica was born in Los Angeles and moved to France when she was 7 years old. She studied traditional animation techniques in Paris, where she now lives, and graduated in 2006. Since then she has worked on the TV adaption of French illustrator Marc Boutavant’s Mouk around the World as a character and prop designer, before establishing her studio in 2010. Inspired by children’s books and popular culture, her work is inhabited by colourful and quirky creatures.

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The Patternbank team are pleased to bring you their first report from London’s Spring 2014 Top Drawer and HOME shows. (A free downloadable report!)

This report pulls together inspiring design and exciting creativity from greetings and wrap to cutting-edge interiors. We’re sure you’ll find this an interesting and inspiring snapshot into what’s new in 2014. If you’ve missed the show, we offer a quick overview – free PDF downloadable report useful to keep you up to date with all the key giftware, stationary and interior trends & developments happening for Spring/Summer 2014.

Top Drawer have embarked on their third decade of exhibitions and the show has continued to go from strength to strength. Every year top Draw aim to bring innovative new products and designers to their show, offering over 800 exhibitors with unique design-led ideas and commercial appeal.


Along side Top Draw, HOME exhibited for its third year, doubling its capacity. This season HOME brought together 250 of the very best modern and classic brands from around the globe, 80% of these were showing exclusively at HOME. The show is proud to champion new British design, hosting the best British-based designers in the ‘Homegrown’ area, giving visitors and press access to fresh new talent and the hottest trends.



This report pulls together inspiring design and exciting creativity from greetings and wrap to cutting-edge interiors. We’re sure you’ll find this an interesting and inspiring snapshot into what’s new in 2014.

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Patternbank love Brooklyn based artist Evie Falci’s approach to art. Using canvases made of leather or denim Falci covers them with thousands of rhinestones in intricate patterns with reference to traditional textiles and mythology. The dark denim pieces decorated in studs have a more sophisticated feel but the feeling of fashion, disco, punk and heavy metal is not far away. Falci’s work is on show at Jeff Bailey Gallery until 21 December and you can be dazzled some more at



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Wilmer Murillo is a Honduran graphic artist and illustrator currently living in Taiwan. Ancient cultures, mysticism, sci-fi and experimental electronic music are some of the things that inspire the imagery of Wilmer Murillo. Doodled lines, bright colors, and geometrical shapes are just some of the features he uses to bring his inner world to your eyes and mind. See more of his creative animal explorations at his site



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Erika Pochybova-Johnson creates these intricate paintings in her own unique style using elaborate combinations of brightly coloured dots, shape and lines. Originally from Czechoslovakia Erika now lives and works in Lubbock, Texas. Patternbank love the kaleidoscopic patterns that are created as Erika improvises as she paints using nature and the landscapes around her for inspiration. See more of her work on her website


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These vintage B&W photographs are brought back to life with bold pattern and collage additions. Graphic designer Guy Catling from Colchester, Essex uses the art of collage to express his creativity. Vibrant patterns, folk prints and scalped pictures of carpets add real contrast to some dark photographic subject matter.  See more of Guy’s work on his Flickr and tumblr sites.



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