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Patternbank recently discovered the work of Martyn Thompson, a photographer who began his career in Fashion, designing clothes. We asked him a few questions to discover more about his work process and what inspires him as a designer.

A brief introduction

I am a photographer and designer and run my design practice, Martyn Thompson Studio, in Soho NYC. My career began hand painting fabrics and designing clothes. Many of my friends also designed and I started to photograph eveyones work which led to me becoming a fashion photographer. Beginning in Sydney, I moved to Paris and later London, where my work broadened into a lifestyle context, working with interiors, travel and food. I love to experiment and over the last decade I founded Martyn Thompson Studio, a design practice where we use my photos as the base to create textiles and wallpaper, homewares and limited edition art.


Tell us about your work & process – any upcoming exhibitions?

Through playing with different ways of reproducing my photographs I discovered the digitalized jacquard loom and the possibitliy to making a photo into a tapestry. This led to creating large scale patterns and weaving them into yardage – now used in both a home and fashion context. When making new patterns we always begin with a photo, or a series of photos – experimenting with these images, printing them in different ways, flipping, reversing and reorienting them, joining different bits together – until eventually a collection emerges. We’ve done a number of installations of this work in the last few years – at the London Design Festival and at the Future Perfect in NYC … and later this year we are exhibiting in Australia.

What creatively inspires you?

In my photos I work mainly with daylight … Light is great source of inspriation to me. It informs the color and creates shape and patterns that are always changing. I am attracted to natural forms … curvaceous shapes… especially flowers. Thank you Martyn we look forward to seeing more of your work in the future. To see more of Martyn’s collection go to Martyn Thompson Studio and Instagram @martynthompsonstudio. Mural in last image by Dove Drury Hornbuckle

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The Patternbank Team have been analysing the latest Resort 2017 collections and have put together the strongest print trends alongside designs from the Patternbank Online Textile Design Studio that we think perfectly complement each story. The Resort collections give us a sneak preview of what we can expect from the Spring/Summer 2017 Catwalk shows. Slightly more commercially focused, but nevertheless important in their instant availability and timely showings, even the men are getting in on the act showcasing men’s pre-collections alongside womenswear. Watch out for Part 2 later this week.

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Floral Solos » Pink Flowers 02 by dancelstudio / Rachel Zoe / Dreamy Pansy Floral by Mercedes Quevedo / Christopher Kane / Alexis Mabille / Daisies and Anemones by Flavia Suguitani Cintra Esteves / Christian Sirano / Painted Tulip Floral by Jo Mitchell

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com

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These amazing ink textured images are popping up on numerous art blogs so we thought we’d share. The beautifully hypnotic forms are the creations of Texas based artist Mark Lovejoy. Here Lovejoy manipulates resins, oils, waxes and printing inks in both deliberate and random formations to create these psychedelic statements. Once Lovejoy is happy with the pattern forms created in the inks he photographs them close up to get full impact and capture these random textures forever. Check out his Tumblr site and printed scarf collections on Esty.

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You might recognise some of these amazing smeared and marbled artworks from Spanish artist Yago Hortal. His work has been doing the rounds on many art blogs and trends sites. Hortal was born in Barcelona in 1983 and now lives and works in Berlin. The Patternbank team have been following his colourful acrylic paintings for some time now and thought we should finally share. Enjoy more of his work on his portfolio site yagohortal.com

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On close inspection these other worldly landscapes by artist Kate Shaw appear as a collaged mass of vivid marbling and ombre grounds, but with perspective the magic of her technique is revealed. Her lava like mixes of contrasting colours form mountains and the shaded grounds become fiery sunsets, the effect is mesmerising. Find out more about Kate and check out the rest of her work here.

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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

Clover Canyon photos via Vogue.co.uk

 

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

Libertine photos via Vogue.co.uk

 

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

Anna Sui photos via Vogue.co.uk

 

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

Tracy Reese photos via Vogue.co.uk

 

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

Vivienne Tam photos via Vogue.co.uk

 

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

Carolina Herrera photos via Vogue.co.uk

 

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

Proenza Schouler photos via Vogue.co.uk

 

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

Diane Von Furstenberg photos via Vogue.co.uk

 

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

Tommy Hilfiger photos via Vogue.co.uk

 

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

Honor photos via Vogue.co.uk

 

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

Custo Barcelona photos via Vogue.co.uk

Patternbank brings you our second 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.

Thakoon A/W 2014/15

Vivid Technicolour Blooms – Super Scale Placement Prints – Ikat Applied Florals – Applique and Embroidered Looks – Brush-mark Stripes – Soft Plaids – High Contrast Pattern – Colour Blocked Panels – Pattern Mix-ups – Asymmetrical Layouts

Thakoon photos via Vogue.co.uk

 

Calla A/W 2014/15

Memphis Print References – Exaggerated Scale Plays – Bold Pattern Mixing – Cute Motif Prints – Fine Line Pattern – Chevron and Striped Backgrounds – Bold Contrast – Distorted Florals – Dragged and Warped

Calla photos via Vogue.co.uk 

 

Mara Hoffman A/W 2014/15

Graphic Checkerboard Prints – Moroccan Textile References – Engineered Star Prints – Bedouin Jewellery Patterns – Egyptian Camel Motifs – Complex  Ethnic Arrangements – Monochromatic and Optical

Mara Hoffman photos via Vogue.co.uk

 

A Détacher A/W 2014/15

Layered and Hatched Texture – Graphic Lightening Bolt Prints – Super Scale Basket Weave – Mono Print Texture – Exaggerated Mark Making – Bold Colour Accents – Primary Colour Accents

A Détacher photos via Vogue.co.uk

 

Alexander Wang A/W 2014/15

Graphic Landscape Visuals – Acid Colour Combinations – Smart Paisley Foulards – Simple Paisley Cut-outs – Over Scaled Laser Cut Paisley Pattern – Spray Painted Shadows – Modern Sportswear References

Alexander Wang photos via Vogue.co.uk

 

Suno A/W 2014/15

Bold Graphic Vertical Stripes – Varied Stripe Scales – Horizontal and Vertical Mixes – Oriental Paisleys – Deep Borders – Opulent Fabrics – Maze Swirls – Felt Tip Marked Pattern – Lurex Details – Raised Jacquard

Suno photos via Vogue.co.uk

 

Prabal Gurung A/W 2014/15

Marbled Paint Texture – Discovering Surfaces – Faint Pattern Markings – Painterly Brush-marks – Mono-Print Styles – Ethnic Carpet Prints – Border Details – Tactile Print Plays – Indian Block Prints

Prabal Gurung photos via Vogue.co.uk

 

Band of Outsiders A/W 2014/15

Painterly Brush-mark Florals – Cartoon Popcorn Prints – Offset Patterns – Floral Clusters – Background Colour Graduation – Ditzy Florals – Tromp L’oeil Tricks – Dark backgrounds – Artistic Floral Paintings

Band of Outsiders photos via Vogue.co.uk

 

Lela Rose A/W 2014/15

Simple Flower Heads – Black and White Monos – Pen and Ink Drawing – Deep Borders – Painterly Rose Prints – Swirls and Contour Lines – Indigo Dip Dyes – Climbing Rose Layouts – Raffia Patterns

Lela Rose photos via Vogue.co.uk

 

Ostwald Helgason A/W 2014/15

Humorous Warhol Graphics – Metallic Abstract Prints – Lurex Sheen – Branch and Tree Texture – Drip and Paint Splatters – Sheer Dimensions – 3-D Tricks – Iridescent Sculptural Fabrics – Animal Skin Surfaces

Ostwald Helgason photos via Vogue.co.uk

 

Love the technique C Maxwell Morris is using on these paintings, many of them are created by placing glass over the original acrylic on canvas. From this multiple artworks are created that each have an interesting quality of their own that look like modern psychedelic marbling . He has a great sense for colour and minimal composition. He is currently studying for his BFA at the University of North Texas. For more of these incredible paintings check out his website here.

 

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Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Amy Sia is a Fashion/ Textile Designer now living and working in London. Amy’s work is a vibrant and lively collection of prints which have found their way onto scarves, home furnishings and i-phone cases. Her work has recently caught the attention of the Patternbank team and here we ask Amy a few questions about how she got started and about her success to date, with an insight into what inspires her beautiful work.

How did you get into designing textiles, did one thing start your career?

I studied fashion design in Melbourne Australia at RMIT University and from there worked in the fashion industry in Melbourne for a few years. I always loved working on print designs and seeing the print collections from studios. When I moved to London about two and a half years ago I decided to pursue a career in textile print design as there are so many opportunities for this field here. I started by interning at a London print studio and then moved onto freelancing for textile print studios. During a quiet period of freelancing I started doing some work for Society6 a website which allows designers to sell their artwork on products such as mobile phone cases. I also started using pinterest. A writer for refinery29 saw my pinterest and also my work there and I was featured in a story as a top “pinterest power player”. This led to a lot of exposure for my work including being featured on the Martha Stewart blog and ongoing collaborations with Anthropologie and Casemate and that is basically what got the ball rolling!

Where do you get inspiration for your work? What is inspiring you right now?

I love looking at the beauty of God’s creation, nature is amazing there are so many gorgeous colours and shapes it is endless! Fashion is another huge source of inspiration. I love to look at what is on the catwalk, in store and also street fashion through blogs. I do also love to look at prints and patterns from the past and from other cultures.

At the moment I’m loving everything marbled!

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The Patternbank team visited Bristol’s Affordable Art Fair at Brunel’s Old Station last weekend. The Affordable Art Fair’s formula is simple, yet unique: a relaxed, inspiring environment and lots of good quality contemporary art. In this post we give a quick snapshot of our favorite finds whilst walking the show. Check the website for more information on exhibiting artists and galleries and dates for other cites the fair is visiting.

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Charles EmersonRose Sanderson @ Antlers Gallery

 

Harlequin Gallery and The Marle Gallery

Clare Schimdt Norris @ Harlequin GalleryEmma Forrester @ The Marle Gallery

 

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Myung Nam AnBecky Blair @ Fourwalls Contemporary Art

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Patternbank brings you the highlights from Paris A/W 2013/14 Fashion Week. This is the first instalment where we have selected designers showing key print trends for Autumn/Winter 2013/14. Watch out for Part 2 which will follow shortly.

Chalayan A/W 2013/14

Painted Brushwork – Decaying Textures – Cracked Effects – Torn and Distressed Surfaces – Igneous Rock Prints – Peeling and Worn Paint

Chalayan photos via Vogue.co.uk

Dries Van Noten A/W 2013/14

William Morris Inspired Prints – Distressed Textured Surfaces – Opulent Paisley Motifs – Old Fashioned Cricket Blazer Stripes – Fringes and Feathers – Delicate Floral Engravings

Dries Van Noten photos via Vogue.co.uk

Lanvin A/W 2013/14

Shadowed Insect Prints – Silhouetted Simplicity – Botanical Engravings – Large Scale Single Blooms

Lanvin photos via vogue.co.uk

Balenciaga A/W 2013/14

Shiny and Cracked Surfaces – Tonal and Monochromatic – Fractured and Earthquake Markings – Mottled and Marbled – Black and White Palettes

Balenciaga photos via Vogue.co.uk

Maison Martin Margiela A/W 2013/14

Over-scaled Paint Brush Marks – Fractured Slogan Graphics – Pieced Together Patchwork – Heavy Yarn Creations – Macrame and knitted

Maison Martin Margiela photos via Vogue.co.uk

Issey Miyake A/W 2013/14

Tartan Variations – Colour-blocked Plaids – Pixellated Palettes – Technicolor Stripes – Chequered Patterns

Issey Miyake photos via Vogue.co.uk

Sonia Rykiel A/W 2013/14

Creative Motifs – Shadowed Imagery – Subtle Over-lays – Variations in Scale Play – Simplified Pattern – Minimal Colour use

Sonia Rykiel photos via Vogue.co.uk

Manish Arora A/W 2013/14

Tribal Psychedelic – Fused Photographic Landscapes and Skys – New Age Tribal Prints  – Engineered Layouts – Fading and Merging Imagery

Manish Arora phots via Vogue.co.uk

Patternbank brings you our second print trend highlight report on Milan’s recent Autumn/Winter 2013/14 Fashion Shows. In this second instalment we have again selected designers showing key print trends for Autumn/Winter 2013/14. Watch out for the up and coming Paris Shows which we will also be covering here at Patternbank.

Marni A/W 2013/14

Panoramic Forest Scenes – Simple Drawn Outlines – Textured Bark Markings – Worn and Cracked Surfaces – Weird and Wonderful Illustrative Drawings – Monochromatic Colour

Marni photos via Vogue.co.uk

MSGM A/W 2013/14

Spliced Floral Prints – Florals Interwoven with Stripes – Vibrant Blooms – Florals Revealed – Mono-print Styles – Stencilled and Cut-out Looks – Intense Rich Backgrounds

MSGM photos via Vogue.co.uk

Dolce & Gabbana A/W 2013/14

Mosaic Pictorial Prints – Fresco Inspirations – Over-scaled Imagery – Bejewelled Craftsmanship – Venetian and Byzantine References – Art Canvas Inspired Designs

Dolce & Gabbana photos via Vogue.co.uk

Emilio Pucci A/W 2013/14

Rocco and Swirling Pattern – Solid Background Colour – Feathered and Fringed – 60’s Silhouettes – Stylish Art Deco Details – Abstract Patterns – 1960’s Otto Print Revisited

Emilio Pucci photos via Vogue.co.uk

Marco De Vincenzo A/W 2013/14

Sculptured Shearing’s – Marbled Print Effects – Rock Textures – New Dimensions – Stone and Marble Interpretations – Optical and Structured Pleats – Origami Foldings

Marco De Vincenzo photos via Vogue.co.uk

Blumarine A/W 2013/14

Floral Bouquets – All-over Print Layouts – Hand Painted Rose Prints – Solid Stripe Backgrounds – Soft Hues – Spriggy and Spring-like Florals – Scattered Layouts

Blumarine photos via Vogue.co.uk

Iceberg A/W 2013/14

Quirky and Colourful Characters – Strict Linear Regularity – Psychedelic Acid Swirls – Precision and Optical Illusions – Heavy Embellishments – Minimal Black & White

Iceberg photos via Vogue.co.uk

Barbara Takenaga’s paintings are like looking at an underwater kingdom, cosmic horizons dazzling in their infinite and radiant beauty. Swirls of graduated dots move across the painting like tentacles and sleeping sea urchins lurk beneath shimmering seas. There is real order to this seemingly chaotic pattern keeping the viewer both engaged and mesmerized at the same time. Formerly a printmaker, Barbara Takenaga lives and works in New York and Williamstown, MA. You can see more of her precise worlds at barbaratakenaga.com

 

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Innovative interior designer, Pernille Snedker Hansen is using marbling, a technique that has almost vanished in contemporary design, to create wonderful, vibrant effects on pine flooring. Focusing on highlighting pure natural patterns that are embodied within nature, gorgeous on trend colour combinations – soft chalky pastels and pop brights – accentuate the structure of the wood. Find more about Snedker and Marbelous Wood at snedkerstudio.dk

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Inspiration for Autumn/Winter 2013 – Marbled Paint Effects – Molten Glass Patterns – Cracked Painterly Prints – Textured Landcapes – Drawn Lines – Layered Textures – Subtle Colour Washes – Bright Accents – Artisan Style

Norman Stuart Clarke, Luke Brooks A/W 2012 image via fashionising.com, Kurt Jackson, Eva Isaksen, Missoni A/W 2012 image via fashionising.com

 

Inspiration for Autumn/Winter 2013 – Prints inspired by Burnished Looks – Distressed Tapestry – Rich Oil Colours – Ornate Imagery – Historical and Decorative Pattern – Textured Marbled Effects

Flora Vagi, Giles Deacon A/W 2012, Alicia Tormey, Image found via Bittbox on Flickr, Garden; Cataluna by Rebecca Crowell, Hein Koh, Marbelling, Helmut Lang A/W 2012, catwalk images via Fashionising.com