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The Patternbank team are once again loving Lisa Krannichfeld’s mixed media artworks that incorporate watercolour and intense pattern plays. We featured Lisa back in 2015 but spotted some of her powerful new work recently.
Lisa was born and raised in Little Rock, AR in an interesting cultural mix of a Chinese family living in the American South. Her experiences growing up in these two intermixing cultures and their traditions have greatly influenced her work, which primarily focuses on the woman as its subject. Her expressive portraits refute the traditional portrayal of women being passive subjects to gaze upon, evident in their disinterested, and at times defiant expressions. Breaking traditions further, Lisa often uses traditional Chinese ink and watercolour materials in a nontraditional uncontrolled, free-flowing way often mixed with unconventional materials. See more of her stunning work on her website or check out her work at The Other Art Fair in Los Angeles March 15-18.

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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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The Patternbank team were in awe when we stumbled across the hypnotic and beautiful work of Betsy Walton. Betsy is a US Based illustrator and painter based in Portland Oregon. She explains “ My style is informed by a range of influences including Byzantine icon paintings, American folk art, geometric abstraction, and the work of many contemporary illustrators and painters. I work with a spontaneous approach and few expectations of specific results. I rarely sketch preliminary drawings before diving into a painting, in the belief that the image formed through the painting process itself will be rich, revealing, and vital.” See more of Betsy’s crafted painting on her portfolio site Morningcraft.

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Rachel Newling works with linocut to produce stunning artworks depicting some of Australia’s unique bird species and tropical flora and fauna. The Linocuts are hand printed on to handmade Japanese Washi paper and then hand coloured once the print has dried. Newling uses lightfast acrylic gouache paint and an artist’s proof print as her guide for the colours and tones applied to the print in the same edition, “there are always slight variations as my colouring is “painterly’ therefore each print in an edition is an individual.” Patternbank love her depiction of some wonderful looking Cockatoo’s alongside the native species of Australia. Newling grew up nr Padstow, Cornwall and attended an art school in London, before she made the big move to Australia.

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Berlin illustrator and photographer Sarah Illenberger turned a recent six-week trip to Porto, Portugal into an extended work vacation using the tropical inspiration around her to create these vibrant images in a new series called Wonderplants. Armed with the basics of stickers and tape from local stationery and hardware stores Illenberger set to work to transform leaves from local botanical gardens. The results are beyond tropical, vivid colours contrast with more muted backgrounds, where beautiful shadows form in contrast to the foreground. Check out her online store for prints and unusual objects.



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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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With the huge trend of hand crafted pattern work and illustrations currently being preferred over digital looks, these artworks caught our eye recently.  These striking permanent marker illustrations are the creative work of South Carolina based artist Hollis Brown Thornton. We love her take on modern retro, using colourful composition mixes to create these amazing depictions of old cassette tapes, Video tapes and forgotten video game case graphics.(with some cool wallpaper backgrounds to finish things off!) See more of her visual blasts from the past on her portfolio site



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The Patternbank team love these exciting illustrated explorations by Kansas City based artist Micah Lidberg. His work takes inspiration from his love of travel and the beautiful wonders of nature. Micah illustrations have a surreal and other worldly look to them with use of strong colour  and bizarre pattern plays. Check out more of his work on his portfolio site Micah Lidberg.



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Grady McFerrin is an illustrator, designer and hand-letterer, who lives in Brooklyn, New York. A true traditionalist using the old classic materials like pencil, pen, brush, ink, paint and cut paper, McFerrin achieves a unique quality to his work which sets it apart from others. The intensity and brightness of colour keeps things fresh and his individual, fun and quirky style make his illustrations look new but with a nod to vintage book illustration. McFerrin has produced a range of gorgeous stationery for Chronicle Books and his work appears on wine bottles, magazines, book covers and countless ad campaigns. You can see more of his amazing talent at


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These colourful and inspiring pieces are the works of artist Kirra Jamison, a creative muse in the Aussie art scene.  Kirra grew up in Byron Bay and is currently based in Melbourne. Patternbank were drawn to her playful compositions and simple shape use within her artworks. Vinyl offcuts are used to create collage templates which are then sized for use as in large-scale paintings. We are sure you’ll agree pretty awesome stuff. See more at



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Ana Montiel is a London-based, Spanish visual artist and designer. Her work enhances a universe of materials and media that range from screen printing to ceramics, through surface design, videoart and collage. Her influences are as diverse as David Lynch and his holistic approach to creativity, Jung’s Red Book, the Arts & Crafts movements, Quantum Physics, Astrology, Yoga or Ayurveda. She works for a wide range of clients including Anthropologie, Carolina Herrera and Nina Ricci. To see more of her work visit her website.


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Patternbank brings you the highlights from New York S/S 2014 Fashion Week. This is the first instalment where we have selected designers showing key print trends for Spring / Summer 2014. Watch out for Part 2 which will follow shortly and also the up and coming London, Milan and Paris Shows which we will also be covering here at Patternbank.

BCBG Max Azria S/S 2014


Hand Painted Florals – Pattern build ups – Flowing Florals – Distorted Beauty – Monochrome Expression – Ink Marked Pattern – Sectioned structure

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Josie Natori S/S 2014


Abstract Forms – Blurred Pattern – Monochrome Patterns – Rainbow-Bright Checks – Creative Print Mixes – Abstract Geometrics – Ombre Blurred Checks

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Diane Von Furstenburg S/S 2014


Tribal References – Linear Pattern – Gradient In-fill Pattern – African Animals – Light Distortion – Graphic Pattern

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Prabal Gurung S/S 2014


Floral Collage – Pattern Patchwork – Bright Colour Use – Black & White Floral Painted – Cut-Up Pattern use – Abstracted Structure

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Nicole Miller S/S 2014


Floral and Print mix – Blurred and double exposed Prints – Shared & Fractured Looks – Intense Micro Kaleidoscope Effects  – Painted Floral -Abstract Texture Combinations

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Whit S/S 2014


Delicate Summer Floral – Contrast Prints – Simplified Painted Blooms – Intense Colour Contrast – Fern and Flower References

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Tanya Taylor S/S 2014


Striped Form – Colour Plays through Striped Pattern – Stipple Brush Techniques – Flowing Pattern – Contrasting Colour use through Stripes – Hand Painted

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Jeremy Laing S/S 2014


Squeegee’d Pattern – Large Scale Photographic Florals – New York Artist Julia Dault’s Art – Fluid Studies – Movement Through Print – Ethereal Foliage

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Red Valentino S/S 2014


Painted Floral Studies – Full-on Blooms – 60’s Gardening Illustrations – Intense Looks – Summer Blooms – Hand Rendered Studies

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Patternbank brings you our final print and pattern highlight recap from the recent Paris Menswear S/S 2014 Fashion shows(PFW). Again we have selected key designers showing off their strongest prints for the S/S 2014 Season. Patternbank’s Menswear Print Trend round up report for Spring/Summer 2014 will be live later this week.

Dries Van Noten S/S 2014


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Issey Miyake S/S 2014


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Givenchy S/S 2014


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In this report Patternbank brings you our print and pattern highlights from the recent London S/S 2014 Fashion shows (London Fashion Week). Here we have selected key designers showing the strongest print trends for the S/S 2014 Season. Check back soon for Milan & Paris print highlight reports, which we are currently working on! These highlight reports will be followed by a Print Trend round up report, that will focus in on the key print trend stories for Spring/Summer 2014.

Alexander McQueen S/S 2014


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KTZ  S/S 2014


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Craig Green  S/S 2014


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Patternbank are loving Finnish born illustrator Kustaa Saksi. We’ve been tracking his creative explorations over the last couple of years and has already collaborated with the likes of Nike, Levi’s, Issey Miyake, Playstation and recently Montecore’s S/S 13 collection. Saksi’s fantastical worlds of playful, paradoxical and psychedelic atmospheres have a unique visual look through pattern,texture and graphic form. See more of his amazing work at



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‘Black pattern watercolours’ are the mixed media exploration of physical pattern boundaries by Seattle based artist Julie Alpert. Patternbank are loving Julie’s playful studies of individual pattern and the relationship between their outer boundaries. Mixing watercolour, ink and permanent marker these beautifully created works are of great inspiration. If you happen to be in Seattle over the next couple of days we recommend dropping by Soil Art gallery where Julie is exhibiting until the 27th April.



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Patternbank have spotted Ed Fairburn’s amazing map based portraits on a handful of inspirational blogs recently and thought we’d share. Based in Cardiff, illustrator Ed Fairburn creates portraits using old vintage maps to bring his unique artworks to life. He explains ‘ I paint, draw and construct using a flexible range of tangible media across a wide range of surfaces and contexts, allowing my practice to exist across various disciplines.’ Patternbank love the way Ed’s illustrations transpire from intricate road networks and structured landscapes. See more of his work at his portfolio site 



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Patternbank are loving Jason Thielke’s stylised linear interpretations of the human form. Jason Thielke’s beautiful imagery navigates the astoundingly complex dynamics of human nature, mixing a hard linear style with soft and fluid emotion. Thielke combines many different techniques which include acrylic paintings, block printing, pencil drawings and his signature laser-etching techniques, which have real visual impact. Jason Thielke earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University School of Art. His work has been featured internationally in galleries and art fairs, with solo exhibitions in Denver, Portland and Seattle.



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Sean Alexander is an artist and illustrator based in Tacoma, Washington but also spends time in Brooklyn, New York. Influenced by traditions in children’s book illustration, American folk art, cartooning and Scandinavian handicraft, his work has a simple humble line but with drawings full of meaning and feelings. The curious characters that emerge from such detailed patterns, hidden folk tales and Sean’s own life are curiously captivating. See more of Sean’s drawings at and on flickr.


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In Halloween Mood, the Patternbank team thought we’d share these unique and stylish illustrations. Graham Erwin, a designer, illustrator and screen printer based in Columbus, Ohio. His work is a real mix of crafted linear illustrations and precise studied detail. Check out more of his work on his portfolio site and learn more about his recent exhibitions on his blog.

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