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Patternbank were out at the London Illustration Fair launch last night. London’s contemporary illustration event has returned this weekend with a programme packed full of the most exciting illustration, printmaking, and design! Back in residence on London’s Southbank at the raw industrial space of the Bargehouse, this year The London Illustration Fair puts the emphasis on play with interactive artworks and hands-on workshops. With over 65 exhibitors, from the hottest emerging talent to established names, The London Illustration Fair is the destination to discover the best in illustration today. The fair runs from 1st – 3rd December, more info here. Check out our favorite artists/studios seen at the fair.

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Patternbank are excited to introduce our latest print trend tool that focuses on the kids & stationery market for SS18. Our Childrenswear trends team and our giftware experts have been researching and analysing the world of design, art and pattern to create this essential print & graphic trend report. With over 30 pages of inspirational mood, colour, print and graphic trend intelligence, this Spring/Summer trend forecast report aims to assist and inspire with all your new season developments and stationery products.

  • 5 Print trend stories: Electric Jungle / Orbital / Geo Dazzle /Ethnic Spirit / Oriental Creatures

  • Each trend theme is broken down into mood, print direction, graphic direction & colour

  • Over 30 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence

  • Over 50 directional hand-picked images

  • Colour palette breakdowns with Pantone TCX references

This report covers a broad spectrum of the season’s hottest pattern & graphic trends, and with 5 main trends, complete with Pantone® TCX references we are confident this wealth of choice and inspiration will provide a foundation in your creative developments for SS18.


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Patternbank have been feeling the festive Christmas vibe and have been checking out the latest styles on the high street and online for Christmas this year. We have put together some key looks we’ve spotted. Happy Christmas dressing!

Nature’s Surface


Tree Decorations – Anthropologie, Wrapping – John Lewis, Gems by Katya Rozz available on the Patternbank Studio, Bauble – Anthropologie, Wrapping – Selfridges, Vivid Helsinki Marble & Woodgrain Gift Wrap – John Lewis

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The Patternbank team have been busy extracting all the key print looks for you in the final instalment of New York Fashion Week. Once again we saw designers take a trip to the 60’s and 70’s, with Glam rock and bohemian styling being the key print trends coming through from New York this Fall season. Look out for our forthcoming reports on London Fashion Week.

Libertine F/W16


Modern 60s Graphics & Prints -Pattern Riots – Funky Political Statements – Beautiful Embellishments –  Decorative Typography – OTT Styling & Patchworks

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Anna Sui F/W16


Sixties Enhanced Pattern – Modern Pop Art Plays  – New Biba References  – Psychedelic Prints  – Bohemian 60s Retro Prints

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Vivienne Tam F/W16


Turkisk Carpet Patterns – North Asian Traditional Costume References  – Eclectic Folkloric Plays  – Explored Patchwork & Ikat

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Patternbank brings you the second snapshot of strongest graduates from the  New Designers Part 2  & D&AD’s New Blood Graduate shows. The Patternbank team once again had the privilege of experiencing this years emerging talent at the shows. Part 2 of the New Designers  show focuses on Illustration, Graphic Design and product design courses. D&AD’s New Blood which is situated in Shoreditch is a powerhouse of visual communication courses showcasing the next generation of graduates keen to impress. These events are the ultimate opportunity to spot the next wave of creative talent to hit the industry.


India – Taylor Smith (Middlesex University), Andrew Tickner (University of Westminster) / Lauren White (Arts University Bournemouth), Sampada Gurung (Falmouth Illustration), Georgina Ridler (Plymouth College of Art)



Kyle Jackson (University of Wolverhampton), Chelsea Smith (Nottingham Trent University) / Lana Cross (University of Derby), Sam Brown (Plymouth College of Art), Tom Exon (Buckinghamshire New University)



Leah Trengove (Plymouth College of Art),  Gemma Taylor (University of Herfordshire) / Lauren McNab (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design), Dom Tsoi (Plymouth College of Art)

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Patternbank have just returned form the recent Pulse London event where designers and brands show their latest products to the industry. Held at it’s new home of Olympia the show is an irresistible source for stand-out homeware and design. In particular the Launchpad area showcases new and emerging talent offering their latest design collections. Here are our show highlights of the strongest and most directional designers beginning with some key trends that we spotted at the show.

Trade show info – Pulse,  Olympia, London 110-12th May 2015



Charles of Lloyd / Disaster Designs / Jessica Russell Flint / Kris Tate for Bespo




Disaster Designs/ Paige Cartledge / Jacqueline Colley / Jen Rowland

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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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The Patternbank team spotted these interesting three dimensional illustrations by Polish designer Bozka Rydlewska. We were drawn in by the amazing ornamental detail and sheer beauty of these sculptured paper statements. Bozka’s 3D pop up paper works are a incredible mix of structured depth and botanical illustrations that grab your attention. Her works have appeared in books “Atlas of Illustration” (Maomao, Barcelona), “Semi-permanent 2011″ and Taschen’s “Illustration Now! 5″. See more on her portfolio site



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Nathan Yoder is an illustrator and designer from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Currently located in Portland, Oregon, he specializes in pen and ink illustration as well as hand lettering and branding. He’s an artist pursuing what he loves and hopes that in doing so he can inspire others to do the same. Well, we certainly find Nathan’s traditional, hand-made illustrations very inspiring. For more check out his Yondr Studio Website.


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With painted prints trending on the catwalk and emerging as a key look for Spring/Summer 2016, the Patternbank team spotted these beautifully studied artworks by Anna Valdez. California based artist Valdez background includes anthropology, animation and video which has helped her develop an eye for visual compositions. Her recent series of still-life paintings use various household items such as clothes, quilts, houseplants, books, rugs and records as vibrant subject matter. Mundane pot plants and rugs come to life with her amazing use of colour and brush strokes. See more of her stunning work on her portfolio site



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Patternbank love these beautiful botanical illustrations found on We couldn’t find much information about them except their title SH404 illustration so would love to hear more about the artist. The simplicity in their arrangement, subtle colours with faded shadow backgrounds and other hand drawn and printed details, give them a feeling of oriental botanical plates which show great beauty.


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Patternbank brings you our third and final print highlight report on the recent New York A/W 2014/15 Fashion shows. In this instalment we have again selected key designers showing the strongest print trends for Autumn/Winter 2014/15. Keep an eye out for our reports on London, Milan and Paris Shows which we will also be covering here at Patternbank.

Clover Canyon A/W 2014/15

Engineered Fabric Placements – Digital Photographic Backgrounds – Heavy Folk Embroidery – Constructed Pattern Mixes – Fluorescent Rainbow Prints – Rich Painterly Florals – Stained Glass Window Prints – Garish Plaid and Tartan – Vivid Lime Landscapes

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Libertine A/W 2014/15

Seventies Floral Mixing – Floral Silhouettes – Clashing Eclectic Pattern – Embellished Graphic Motifs – Screen Printed Types – Distressed Mono-print Texture – Grid-like Checks – Graffiti and Skate References – Badges and Emblems

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Anna Sui A/W 2014/15

Chinoiserie Florals – Scarf Print Layouts – 1920’s and Art Deco References – Stylised Florals – Simple Outline Pattern – Book Illustration Prints – Decorative Pattern Details – Border and Panel Prints – Graphic Flat Colour – Paisley and Navaho Elements

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Tracey Reese A/W 2014/15

Textured Abstract Florals – Monochromatic Backgrounds – Heavy Embroidered Print Styles – Silhouette Leaf Prints – Pattern Overlays – Shadow and Offset Imagery – Detailed Paisley Borders – Winter Landscapes – Herringbone and Monoprint Texture

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Vivienne Tam A/W 2014/15

Psychedelic Marble Surfaces – Abstracted Cave Prints – Minute Pattern Detail – Seventies References – Mandela Patterns – Chinese Cave Frescos – Crocheted Lace Appliques – Full Pattern Cover Ups – Wavy Expressive Line

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Carolina Herrera A/W 2014/15

Geometric and Tessellated Pattern – Depth and Dimension – Appliquéd Details – Bold Abstract Shapes – Red and Blue Colour palettes – Hand Painted Pattern – Graphic and Simple Repeated Prints – Modern Simplicity – Geometry

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Proenza Schouler A/W 2014/15

Psychedelic Wood Grains – Speckled Highlighted Texture – Graphic Giraffe Skin – Vivid Monochrome Safari Prints – Rich and Multilayered Pattern – Sculptural and Volume – Geometric and Colour Blocked Layouts

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Diane Von Furstenberg A/W 2014/15

Stylised 70’s Psychedelia – Border Framed Prints – Love Not Patterns – Bold Mix and Match Combinations – Abstract Shapes – Repeated Moon and Stars – Swirls and Wave Pattern – Monochromatic Colour – Black and Gold

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Tommy Hilfiger A/W 2014/15

Workwear and Alpine References – Technicolour Plaids – Tartan and Stripe mixed – Varied Layouts – Diagonal Stripe and Plaid Pattern – Contrasting Pocket Details – Pieced and Patched Combinations

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Honor A/W 2014/15

Hand Painted Rose Prints – Stand Out Colour – Photographic Floral Collage – Dark black Backgrounds – Simplistic Bias Checks – Subtle Colour Washes – Spliced and Cut Florals – Subtle Tonal Shading

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Custo Barcelona A/W 2014/15

Geometric Snakeskin Panels – Abstract Pattern Mixing – Digital Cityscapes – Lurex and Lame Fabric Reflections – Weird and Wonderful Optics – Disco Inspired – Kaleidoskope Pattern – Digital Photographic Pattern Plays – Fluorescent Textile Touches

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Patternbank brings you a quick overview of some key print & graphic trends happening this Christmas. As each year passes different styles are emerging creating new visual dimensions to the festive period.

Trend 1 – Vintage Regenerated


Found Wrapping Paper – Hand Painted Illustrations – Naive Pattern – Retro Baubles – Muted Colour Tones – Scripted Fonts – Stylised Character Drawings

Trend 2 – Scandinavian Style


Flat Graphics – Nordic References – Bold Pattern and Graphic Elements – Folklore Fairytale – Rich Detail – Cross-stitch Embroidery – Folkloric Nostalgia

Trend 3 – Modern Statements


Edgy Illustration  – Photo Collage – Craft Chalk Typography – Rich Depth of Detail – Updated look to Christmas Graphics – Intense Graphic Pattern – Pencil and Line Drawn Creations

Patternbank were drawn to the work of Joan Saló, with delicate fine lines and subtle colour combinations Saló’s paintings are unusual in that he uses traditional pen and ink to create abstract yet orderly compositions. It’s nice to see the trend for a more simplistic hand drawn quality of work after so much digital and photographic imagery of the past. Saló lives and works between Barcelona and Berlin. You can see more of his work here.


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Sarah Swash and Toshio Yamanaka are the talented duo behind the London label SWASH. Swash and Yamanaka met at Central Saint Martins in 2001 and in 2004 won the prestigious Hyéres prize. Now based in creative East London their distinctive hand-drawn scarves and womenswear label grows in popularity, stocked in Barneys, New York, Le Bon Marché, Paris and Liberty, London. Patternbank love their fun whimsical style, where they feature Candy their beloved Whippet, a prominent lucky mascot who pops up in many of their scarves and accessories. To see the full collection visit


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Patternbank love the intense mixing of patterns going on in Luis Alves fabulous illustrations. Alves is a illustrator and graphic designer based in Lisbon, Portugal and from his work you can see how he loves to mix patterns from vintage tiles and textiles to create something new and modern. Alves uses a mixture of digital and marker based techniques in his work combining a love of soul and funk which can be found in commissioned posters on behance/ and his Flickr page.


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Patternbank brings you our second print highlight report on the recent New York A/W 2013 Fashion shows. In this instalment we have again selected key designers showing the strongest print trends for Fall / Winter 2013. Keep an eye out for our reports on London, Milan and Paris Shows which we will also be covering here at Patternbank.

Clover Canyon A/W 2013


Graphic Constructivism – Mirrored Pattern – High Contrast Baroque Styling – Fractured Forms – Monochrome Looks – Russian Folk References

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Libertine A/W 2013


Oversized Wallpaper Pints – Art House Brush Marks – Gold Embroidery Highlights -Structured Polka Dot Prints – Rich Pattern Effects – Accidental Marks

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Helmut Lang A/W 2013


Monochromic Geometric Motifs – Sliced Patterns – Artistic Brush Marks – Visual Texture Within Pattern – Structure Within Print

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Marc By Marc Jacobs A/W 2013


Pattern Within Florals – Large Scale Scattered Floral Layout – Colour Intensified Looks – Optical Plays – 60’s Pattern Plays

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Carolina Herrera A/W 2013


Spacial Pattern Layouts – Flowing Silk Prints – Glamorous Blooms – Stylised Chrysanthemum – Large Midsize Florals

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Christian Siriano A/W 2013


Opulent Decoration  – Abstracted Prints – Warped Photo Prints – Lux Interior References  – Gold Highlights

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J Crew A/W 2013


Bold Prints – Mix and Match Print Plays – Romantic Allover Florals – Reinterpreted Traditional Pattern – Mixed Moroccan Prints

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Patternbank brings you the highlights from New York A/W 2013 Fashion Week. This is the first instalment where we have selected designers showing key print trends for Fall / Winter 2013. Watch out for Part 2 which will follow shortly and the up and coming London, Milan and Paris Shows which we will also be covering here at Patternbank.

Thakoon A/W 2013


Photographic Floral Collage – Pattern Patchwork – Dark Studies – Dandelion Prints – Ethereal Foliage – Dark Romantic Florals

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Suno A/W 2013


Folk Borders – Art Nouveau References – Stylized Repeats – Positive/Negative Colour Plays – Medieval Tapestry Patterns

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Tracy Reese A/W 2013


Floral Motifs – Deconstructed Paisley Elements – Plaid Plays – High Contrast Combos – Deep & Rich Saturated Colour – Intense Pattern Mixes

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Mara Hoffman A/W 2013


Colourful Kaleidoscope References – Neon Folk Looks – Tribal Pattern Injection – Peacock Prints – Twisted Psychedelic Pattern

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BCBG Max Azria A/W 2013


Hand Painted Lace – Kaleidoscope Pattern build ups – Silhouette Henna Prints – High Contrast pattern – Linear Pattern plays

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Alexandre Hercovitch A/W 2013


Exotic Florals  – Abstracted Prints – Muted but Romantic Colour plays – Slightly Dark Exotic Prints – Linear Open Pattern

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Part 2 of Patternbank’s New York Print & Pattern Highlight report will be live shortly.

Emma Kunz  was born into a family of Swiss weavers in 1892. Kunz who was loosely considered a visionary or spiritualist artist, created these complex patterns that employed strict symmetry and geometric transformations of lines and crystalline shapes. Kunz created these mandala-like grids with colored pencil on graph paper which she used as visual instruments for healing.

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