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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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Last chance to see a brilliant tribute to photography and painting, Sotheby’s presents a curated selection of works by Erik Madigan Heck in a stunning selling exhibition.  Approaching photography with the same eye as high art, Heck’s works capture the essence of painting through the lens of his camera.  His work is elegant and unashamedly beautiful, exploring the intersections of fashion, painting, and classical portraiture.  Working with natural light and combining in-camera effects with digital postproduction, he produces evocative and seductive images that are simultaneously timeless and futuristic. The exhibition is on until 19th May 2017 but if you miss out, try to catch the photographer in conversation, ‘Picturing Balenciaga’ at the Victoria and Albert museum or check out his new anthology, Old Future. See more here.

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Today Patternbank are featuring the work of print designer Ania Dergachev in our ongoing series highlighting our fantastic designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. Ania joined Patternbank as a designer last year, her designs range from beautifully drawn illustrative animal compositions to hand drawn florals and foliage. Her designs have been featured on clothing from brands such as The Kooples, H&M and Robert Graham.

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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 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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The Patternbank team once again travelled to Paris this February to absorb and experience Première Vision’s Spring/Summer 2018 show. Along with thousands of fashion professionals, designers and students flocking to Parc d’ Expositions, the team joined the throng to gather and record Première Vision’s print and pattern trend forecasts. Collated into 10 inspirational print trends with mood and print direction pages per story. This concise trend report will be an essential design tool to inspire and direct your new print and pattern developments.

Once again the smaller trend forum areas were inspiring spaces with plenty of directional print stories for Spring/Summer 18. In this report we have analysed 10 of the most important print trends coming through for next season.

  • 10 Première Vision print trends for S/S 18

  • 35 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence

  • Over 120 on trend hand-picked images

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We recently went to Première Vision New York at Pier 94 on the 17 – 18 January 2017. It was a great show with all the studios and fabric manufactures ready for the new Spring/Summer 2018 season. Whilst we were there, we took the opportunity of visiting the trend forum areas. Many thanks to our eyes and ears in New York and Patternbank Designer Alice Lam of Circlealine.

Below is our quick recap of the key print trends that the Premiere Vision Fashion teams have highlighted for Spring/Summer 2018.

Distressed Textures / Bark / Crackled Surfaces / Soil Erosion / Subdued Spices / Muted Earthtones / Rustic Fibers / Unrefined

Image credits: Cristopher Cichocki, Christopher Kane SS17, Wood Abstractions V.2 by Harding Penney, Found on Enjoythekisss, Wood Texture Nature by Camila Coelho, Jean-Yves Noury, Driftwood Beach by rctfan2


Iridescent Effects / Scales / Tentacles / Dreamy / Watery Florals / Palest Aquas / Icy Pinks / Powdery Lilacs

Image credits: Blurred Peonies by Angela23, Isaac Lonetree – Abstract Water Like Marbled Paper, Giorgio Armani S17, Natalie Westling and Carly Moore by Sølve Sundsbø for V Spring 2015, Dominique Dieulot, Lionhead Goldfish, Watercolour Abstraction by Shara Mays


Irregular Polygons / Street Art / Tribal Insignia / Post-modern Heraldry / Snakeskin / Clashing Colours / Deep Bright Rainbow Palette

Image credits: Dabney Frake-Kinder Ground’s Modern Modular Carpet, Victoria Topping, Mario Gerth Hotspot Media, Seamless Circular Fashion Abstract Texture by Chenpei, Utopia Manufactory, Broc02 Batikish by Alice Lam, Chanel SS17

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Today Patternbank are featuring the work of print designer Soufiane Lafkih in our ongoing series highlighting our great designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. Soufiane has an extensive collection of designs including hand painted florals and digitally created geometrics. We asked Soufiane about his education and what inspires him, “I had a styliste and graphiste diploma from ESMOD school Paris, which I chose because of my passion and love for the fashion and clothing styles. My sources of inspiration are nature first, I love how the colours harmonise with each other. As for fashion, I follow street styles and the seasonal catwalk shows and the fashion designer who inspires me the most is Dirk Bikkembergs.  Check out more of Soufiane’s work here on her Patternbank Studio profile page.

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The Patternbank Team have been analysing the latest Pre-Fall 2017 collections and have put together the strongest print trends alongside designs from the Patternbank Online Textile Design Studio that perfectly complement each story. The Pre-Fall 2017 collections give us a sneak preview of what we can expect from the Autumn/Winter 2017 Catwalk shows. Slightly more commercially focused, but nevertheless important in their instant availability and timely showings.

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Adam Lippes / Floral Love by Angela23 / Altuzarra / Lovely Flowers Vector by Marilia / Tropical 11 by Bauhaus / Gucci / Mystical Garden by Flavia Lozano / Gucci

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

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These strangely captivating images are the photomontage project of Paris based photographer Seb Janiak. Named Minessis, which is a Greek word for imitation. To create each artwork Janiak scours antique stores and taxidermist shops to find examples of wings which he then photographs at extremely high resolution. The pieces are digitally edited and pieced together into flower-like forms (a sort of meta mimic of a mimic) which are then output as chromogenic prints measuring nearly 6 feet square. The Patternbank team are loving the beautiful irregular textures and colour patterns created in these amazing art pieces. See more of Seb Janiak’s inspirational work here.

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Patternbank are loving these poetic and pastel musings by visual artist and illustrator Milica Golubović. Inspired by nature and the sea Golubović loves to apply a poetic and often metaphorical language to her work, mixing textures in calming and dreamy compositions where fiction and reality meet. Discover more of her poetic language on her website and Instagram feed.

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Patternbank were excited to hear about a new exhibition exploring the work of designer and artist Josef Frank, due to take place at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum from 27th January – 7th May 2017. This will be the first ever UK exhibition showcasing the designers work, which will include furniture, glassware, lighting and interior design. Born in Austria Josef Frank moved to Sweden in 1933, where he developed his colourful brand of modernism, working with Estrid Ericson on a number of interior design ideas, together redefining what is regarded as Swedish Modern. The exhibition in association with Millesgarden, Stockholm highlights Frank’s vibrant designs for Svenskt Tenn alongside a number of his previously unknown watercolours. The museum is also holding a one day event before the exhibition opens to the public, where you will be able to meet the exhibition curator and team, a fantastic opportunity to learn more about what promises to be a wonderful insight into the work of Josef Frank.

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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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Patternbank love Gail Kellet’s linocut studies of the Australian flora and fauna where she lives on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Southern Australia. Kelley enhances the main image in her work with bold elements in both the foreground and background including large areas of black and white, giving the plants centre stage. Check out more of her work here.

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Pantone recently revealed their 2017 colour of the year. Already seen on the Spring/Summer 2017 catwalks, Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring. The colour is all about rejuvenation and freshness. This vibrant colour can be used across many product categories from apparel to interiors.

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Alison Moritsugu was born and raised in Hawaii and left the islands after high school. She received a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She lives and works in Beacon, NY. The artist says , “My work reveals how idealized images of the land shape our concept of the natural world – in essence, how our experiences are mediated by the mechanisms of art and culture” Moritsugu paints these traditional idealistic landscapes directly onto log cross sections with the bark in tact. ‘These landscapes appear as an homage to the idyllic art of the Hudson River School yet, by viewing the painting’s surface, the cross section of a tree, any sense of nostalgia or celebration of nature is countered by the evidence of its destruction.” See more here.

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We fell in love with the magical fairytale illustrations by Chris Hagan. He is a freelance illustrator based in Brighton UK. He creates contemporary illustrations inspired by English folk tales, early American folk art and British art from the 1940s onwards, and contemporary Illustration. Check out more of his great work on his website or his Etsy shop.

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Fashion photographer Nick Knight has a real passion for the English Tea Rose and takes time out of his day to pick the blooms straight from his own garden, recording with a smartphone and uploading straight to Instagram. Patternbank love his whole feed which is full of fashion and art inspiration and would love to have a view into this garden full of beautiful roses. Nick Knight is a pioneer in the digital age with his fashion website Showstudio.

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