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Patternbank love the intricate work of artist and collector Kate Kato, we got in touch to discover more about her work process and what inspires her to create these beautiful paper and fabric sculptures. Kate lives in the Welsh boarders just outside the small town of Ross on Wye, where her natural environment inspires her daily.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you work?

Using recycled paper, fabric and wire I try to capture the delicate detail and beauty of nature. Influenced by plants, insects and found objects, I create intricate, life-sized sculptures and arrange them into collections and dioramas. I have always been fascinated by the natural world and for me my work is very nostalgic, taking me back to my childhood and the curiosity that fuelled my creativity. My work aims to encourage curiosity and promote an awareness of the environment. I want to bring the small, hidden and overlooked details into the public eye and encourage people to consider their importance.

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Patternbank are loving the work of Husmann/Tschaeni (Michael Husmann Tschaeni & Mira Tschaeni)- an artist couple that are based in Switzerland and both studied at the College of Art in Lucerne. They have exhibited between New Delhi, Los Angeles and Melbourne. They work backward, painting in layers on the reverse of acrylic glass, using different materials, such as enamel, oil colour, watercolour, crayon, glitter, and spray. It is like if two completely different, somewhat incompatible picture languages collided when they started working together. But somehow they manage to create pictures, stories, and installations together, without having to change their own individual styles. Enjoy more of their work here & on their Instagram.

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Patternbank are loving the work of Eva Magill-Oliver. With her base in the mountains of North Carolina Eva has developed her art, from her uniquely paper based collage to include oil and acrylic on canvas. Inspired by her surroundings Eva says, “Nature has always been my main source of inspiration. It informs both the subject matter and color palettes in my work. The natural world is an infinite resource for documenting and exploring shapes, patterns, and textures. It also invites personal reflection and meditation. My landscapes and abstracts are a perfect example of this intersection of physical surroundings and self-awareness. They are a simple representation of a contemplative process and express a quiet intensity that reflects my own personality”. See more of Eva’s portfolio here. You can also follow her on Instagram and check out her progress by visiting her blog.

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Wow, these beautifully chaotic artworks caught our eye recently. Jim Gaylord another Brooklyn based artist who uses gouache on cutout paper to create these stunning visual statements. We love the technique Gaylord uses within his work. Here rearranging abstract cut out shapes into distorted vibrant compositions. Check out more of his artworks here.

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Patternbank were intrigued by Rodrigo Torres new direction into ceramics. Torres has previously worked with cut-paper collage, using currency to create intricate and fantastical scenes, also featured on the Patternbank Blog here. This new medium sees him experiment with vessel-like sculptures in stark contrast to the familiar, pristine, decorative vases found throughout China. Instead we see what appears to be vases still in their packaging, with broken pieces of fragile tape, where clay forms are painted to resemble cardboard textures, looking amazingly realistic. Read more about his work via Yatzer.com

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Justyna Wołodkiewicz creates wonderful abstract and beautifully unique embroideries, adding polymer clay to produce 3-Dimensional surfaces, that appear to grow from their traditional wooden hoops. Each piece is unique in colour, texture and shape, evolving in a spontaneous and organic way. The finished pieces look a little bit like living organisms or curious plant life from the deep, you can see more on her Instagram and purchase her works from her Etsy shop.

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Patternbank thought we’d share the brilliant collage work of Brazilian artist Rodrigo Torres, well known for his expertise in carefully cutting and assembling colourful bank notes. “Money is seductive. The minute drawings on them are beautifully made, all decorated, most of them are full of colors, full of pride and depict landscapes, animals, flowers, important characters, important buildings, people working, studying, dancing, playing, celebrating, there’s no sadness, no starving people, no inequality, only the bright side.”

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Patternbank love the intricacy in Australian artist Louise Saxton’s crafted reconstructions using found vintage embroidery. Working in Melbourne, Victoria, Louise uses past collections of discarded needlework, lace and other beautiful items, creating something new and wonderful, preserving the past and in her words “a silent collaboration with the anonymous original makers.” Follow her journal here, for an insight into the process of how she works and her recent exhibitions.

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Patternbank met Carina Sohl at the highly creative experimental zone of Maison D’Exceptions back in February 2017 at Premiere Vision and were in love with the delicate beauty of her craft, mixing nature and eco-friendly technology, Carina transforms her wild gatherings into unique botanical patterns. Carina developed her craft from combining a love of nature with the material leather, discovered on a course back in 2006. The result is beautifully detailed and intricate patterns, each unique in their fragile leaves that are captured only once, to create one-off designs. Carina has collaborated with brands like the luxury fashion house Loewe and Berluti where her designs have been used on dresses and wallets. Follow her journey here on her Instagram account and on her website here.

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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!

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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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Ka Wa Key‘s work explores the identity of Asian men with the roots of their sensuous cultures and aesthetics. His personal design process involves the hybridities in; Eastern and Western clothing, masculine and feminine representations and the traditional textile crafts with the latest fashion technology. Key graduated from the Royal College of Art in London with a Master’s degree in Fashion Menswear in 2015 with the scholarships he obtained by winning the Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award (YDTA) and the Hong Kong Fashion Designers’ Association Talent Award. He was nominated as one of the finalists at the H&M Design Award for his graduate collection, which was showcased in “DOUBLE JE” contemporary art exhibition in Palais de Tokyo in Paris. See more here.

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With Chelsea flower show in full swing this week, we thought a little floral inspiration with a twist was needed in the shape of Tokyo based artist Taiichiro Yoshida. The artist is renowned for his intricate floral wildlife sculptures rendered in hundreds of hammered metal blooms. Decorative metalworking in Japan has a long history that began sometime in the fourth to fifth centuries. These skills have been passed down through the generations and Taiichiro continues the tradition in these flower encrusted animals and birds. See more from Taiichiro on his website and for an in depth insight into the processes involved visit  Highfructose here.

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Patternbank had the pleasure of discovering and talking to collector and artist Michaela McMillan, at the recent Top Drawer show at London’s Olympia. The artist comments on her work, “I create individual handmade sculptures depicting stories about characters in glass domes. My figures add a contemporary twist to vintage Matryoshkas, with each sculpture having its own personality and history”. Patternbank love her use of items and images collected and squirrelled away, which find their new home in these eclectic and unique pieces of art. Visit her website to see more. 

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Patternbank are loving these amazing paper cut artworks from Brooklyn based artist Xin Song. Her recent work borrows images from old and discarded magazines. She explains ‘Every day I see, hear, feel and think about the world through magazines which people glance through and then throw away.  For me, I have found importance and value in these materials as in many ways they are mirrored the world around us. Through paper cutting, I try to take what is ordinarily a folk, vernacular form, not very highly regarded in terms of artistic hierarchy, and turn it into a serious high art form.’ Enjoy more of her powerful and delicate work on her website www.xinsong.com.

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Patternbank are smitten with Helen Ahpornsiri’s beautifully delicate illustrations crafted from tiny dried and pressed ferns. Ahpornsiri has been making her pictures in the East Sussex countryside where she lives since being inspired one day to try and create a Fern Weevil she had been drawing in ink out of real pressed Fern’s. Since that day her beautiful patterns have evolved using the tiniest pieces of foliage to make butterflies, seahorses, beetles, dragonflies, moths, hares and owls. Follow her on Instagram to see her breathtakingly beautiful work unfold and to purchase your very own piece go to her shop on Etsy.

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Master of precision and patience Rogan Brown is the artist responsible for this collection of intricate and fascinating art works. These impossibly delicate structures are inspired by microwords, from human pathogens and bacteria to microscopic vegetation. Some pieces are constructed by hand with layers of paper which have been painstakingly carved with a scalpel, taking months to complete. The artist bases his work on the micro organisms but says “Each motif is however completely fictive and imagined; it is this interplay between the imagination and the “real” world that fascinates me, reality is transformed and estranged through the creative process which paradoxically makes the finished work more real and unique.” See more of Rogan’s work by visiting his website here.

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Susan O’Byrne was born in Cork, Ireland. She began her artistic studies at Grennan Mill Craft School where she received a certificate with merit in 1991. In 1994 she moved to Scotland to take up a place at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 1999 with a First-Class Honours Degree in Design and Applied Art. In 2002 she was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in ceramics, also from Edinburgh College of Art. These beautiful sculptures of animal and birdlife are created using a wire frame onto which Susan applies fine layers of patterned paperclay in a mosaic layout over the surface of each creature. Instead of creating exact replicas of particular species the artist has focused on producing human emotion in each of her sculptures. See her website here.

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After receiving a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and without an income, stitch artist Sarah K. Benning decided to set up shop on Etsy, in an effort to get by. This move into self employment has paid off with her business going from strength to strength. The Baltimore born artist now resides in sunny Menorca, Spain, where she spends her days meticulously filling embroidery rings with beautifully stitched plant life. See more of Sarah’s art and find out where she’ll be popping up next to peddle her wares, here.

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