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The Patternbank team were at the preview day of the Victoria & Albert’s new exhibition Fashioned from Nature last week. A great new exhibition that looks at how nature has influenced fashion design, textiles, manufacturing and pattern, throughout the last 400 years. Set over 2 floors, the first floor looks back in history and explores the evolution of how nature has impacted fashion. The upper floor is more of a present-day look at how new designers have used nature in the design process. It also showcases the environmental aspects of how designers now are looking at sustainability within fashion. We also picked up the book that accompanies the exhibition which is also worth a purchase here.

William Kilburn(1745-1818)

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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 discovered the beautifully delicate and intricately stitched and cut work of Hillary Waters Fayle. We put a few questions to the artist to find out more about her and what inspires her work.
Can you give us a brief introduction about yourself?
I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY USA and I now live in Richmond VA, where I spend time making my own work, in addition to working as an artist assistant, and teaching part-time at Virginia Commonwealth University. I’m a fairly quiet person, and I dislike being the center of attention. It’s really important to me to be the best person I can be for the people and the world around me. I feel the best when I’m being really productive and I’m getting lots done and I’m able to be mentally present and engaged. I love to make lists, run, cook, spend time with people I love, and I love to read -although I don’t read as much as I’d like to. I also love to be outside, especially in the summer- the heat in Virginia is one of my favorite things about living here.

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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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Patternbank brings you our in-depth catwalk report highlighting the key Autumn/Winter 2018/19 Print and Pattern trends from the latest New York, London, Paris and Milan Catwalk and Runway shows. The team has gathered information from the designer’s collections and compiled a selection of the most prominent print looks trending for AW1819 together with an insight into the key colours for the season. This is the  essential Print Catwalk analysis trend report for every brand, designer and studio.

  • 10 print trend stories for Autumn/Winter 2018/19
  • Over 68 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence
  • Over 400 on trend hand-picked images
  • Covers New York, London, Paris & Milan AW1819 shows
  • The top 24 print focused shows highlighted
  • 6 colour trends for AW1819
  • Fantastic value – £60/$85/€70

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Patternbank brings you a concise overview of the most important print & pattern collections, from Fall 2018 RTW Paris Fashion Week. Look out for our A/W18/19 Catwalk Print and Pattern Trend Report coming soon,  an overview of all the recent shows containing the strongest print and pattern trends.


Dries Van Noten

Images via Vogue

Stylised Florals – Detailed Biro Drawings – Art Brut Inspired – Psychedelic Swirly Pattern – Limited Colour – Frenzied Drawing Style – Pen Texture

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The Patternbank team bring you part 2 of our key Print & Pattern Trends from the Pre Fall 2018 Catwalk shows, alongside our curated collections of trend driven print designs from The Patternbank Online Textile Studio.

LEAF LINE

VICTORIA BY VICTORIA BECKHAM / Simple Form Florals – Abstract – Line – Leaves by Sonja Sporrer Hornfeck / GIVENCHY / CHRISTIAN SIRIANO / RODEBJER / GIAMBATTISTA VALLI / Leafage – Foliage Vector Repeat Pattern by Barbie McGuire / ROCHAS

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

SCENIC LANDSCAPE

Pure Zen – Yoshi Landscape View by Fran Elliott / VILSHENKO /Chinese Landscape Painting by Tim Lee / ANTONIO MARRAS / ERDEM / Dark Pastel Landscape Mountains Cloud Sky by Oana Soare / KAREN WALKER / GIAMBA

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

POWER PLAIDS

JOSEPH / Check 1 by Amora Print Studio / FENDI / MSGM / TOMAS MAIER / PIAZZA SEMPIONE / Purple Check by KS Designs / SACAI

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

PYSCHEDELIC 60’s

PAIS29 Olivia Paisley by Alice Lam / EMILIO PUCCI / Yns-111 by Ynsalkn design studio / DUNDAS / GUCCI / PD Little Flower by Charlotte Prinsen / TIBI / MISSONI

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

CLASSIC DITSY

Hello Spring by Rositsa Karagiozova / ZAC POSEN / CO / ERDEM / ALTUZARRA / Oblivion by Kamil Kmie / CYNTHIA ROWLEY / Vk249 by Victoria Krupp

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

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To get you in the mood for some festive dressing, Patternbank would like to share some of the key Christmas Trends we spotted in stores and online this season. We’ve put together some of our favourite Christmas ideas for you to get decorating and feel that Christmas vibe. Happy Christmas!

Scandinavian by Tatyana Komarova available on the Patternbank Studio, Winter Palace Bauble – John Lewis, Raz Christmas Tree, Dreamcatcher Earrings – Anthropologie, Fendi SS17, Winter Palace Baboushka Family – John Lewis, Blue And White Pattern Bauble – Graham & Green


Elle Decor, Carolein Smit, Prestigious Plumes Ornament – Anthropologie, Nutcracker-Pier 1, Sugar Flowers by @cakeatelieramsterdam, Betty The Bunny – Graham & Green, Bird Paradise Hand Drawn Repeat Pattern by Ania Dergachev available on the Patternbank Studio.


Piñata Christmas Tree Decoration – The Conran Shop, Glinted Houseplant Ornament – Anthropologie, Mexican themed Christmas tree, DIY Christmas tree cactus – Sugar + Cloth, El Dorado by 215funk Design by Luigi Riccardi, Cactus kraft Christmas roll – Paperchase, Cactus Hanging Decorations – Graham & Green, Southern Hemisphere Ethno by Josephine Walz available on the Patternbank Studio


Mushroom Peg Tree Decoration – John Lewis, Woodland Watercolour by Matthew Ponting available on the Patternbank Studio, Corded Jute Ball – The Conran Shop, A festive fairy garden – John Lewis, Hares on the Mountains – Georgina Warne, H&M Christmas window 2017 – Shona Heath, Mushrooms Forest by Camila Coelho available on the Patternbank Studio


Oswald Metallic Glitter Owl – Graham & Green, Wire Doll Form W-German Doll Head, Antique Flowers by Marlou Severijns available on the Patternbank Studio, Tree Decorations – House of Hackney, auntpeaches.com, Embroidered Jacket – Gucci


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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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Soft Neutrals / Pastel Shades / Pale on Pale / Natural Colour / Muted Texture / Faded Softness / Delicate

Image credits: Colourblock Watercolour Leaves by Melissa Rodgers, Saul Leiter, Marina Hoermanseder, Textured Landscpae by Sophie Wade, Free People, Graphic Floral with Coloured Cubes by Renata Seixas Correa, The Timber and Stone Retreat, Myself Magazine July 2017 Taylor Bagley and Laura Mayerhofer by Daniella Midenge

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Patternbank brings you our latest in-depth catwalk trend report. Highlighting the key Spring/Summer 2018 Print and Pattern trends from the latest New York, London, Paris and Milan catwalk and runway shows. The team has gathered information from the designer’s collections and compiled a selection of the most prominent print looks trending for SS 2018 together with an insight into the key colours for the season.

  • 10 print trend stories for Spring/Summer 2018
  • Over 68 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence
  • Over 400 on trend hand-picked images
  • Covers New York, London, Paris & Milan SS18 shows
  • The top 24 print focused shows highlighted
  • 6 colour trends for SS18
  • The essential print catwalk analysis trend report for every brand, designer, and studio.
  • Fantastic value – £60/$75/€70

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Our team travelled to Paris again this year to absorb and experience Première Vision’s Autumn/Winter 2018/19 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. Once again the smaller trend forum areas were inspiring spaces with plenty of directional print stories for Autumn/Winter  2018/19. We have analysed 10 of the most important print trends coming through for next season.

  • 10 Première Vision print trends for A/W 2018/19

  • 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 18 – 19 July 2017. It was a great show with all the studios and fabric manufacturers ready for the new Autumn/Winter 2018 /19 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 Autumn/Winter 2018/19.

Rough Textures / Marble Paintings / Raw Soft / Shadowy Depth / Metallicized Mineral Surfaces / Tonal Darks / Cloudy Uneven / Tone on Tone

Image credits: Marble Texture Blue Black White Patterns by Oana Soare, Fluorite – Minerva Mine, Hardin Co, Illinois, Found on Pinterest, Elie Saab Resort 2018, Fingal’s Cave Scotland, Underwater Sea Cave Found on Pinterest, Crystal Cave Rock, Oil by Ray Collins, Psyche Marbled Swim by Alice Lam


1920’s Gothic / Inverted Florals / Large Scale Blossoms / Elaborate Placements / Rich Borders / Enigmatic Opulence / Rich Tones / Dyed Shearling

Image credits: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries ABC, Victorian Gothic Found on Pinterest, Dark Garden by Susi JianyiAutumn Plants and Leaves Gradient Background by Oana Soare, Zardozi Embroidery, Lithograph Dark Floral Pattern by Omerta, Fendi Couture Fall 2017


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The Patternbank trends team featured Matt W. Moore’s captivating geometric artworks in our Autumn/Winter 2018/19 Raw Nature Materials Trends, for the recent London Textile Fair. Moore’s ‘Mosaic Mandala Series’ explored the beauty of Utah and the celebrate the native colour palette of the landscape. After traveling to Utah for an artist residency with SUMMIT on Powder Mountain, Moore skilfully arranged found river pebbles, dried wild grasses and bark to create these stunning nature inspired mandalas. Explore more of his work here.

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Today Patternbank are featuring the work of  Luiza Cazal Print Studio in our ongoing series highlighting our fantastic designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. The studio is based in Sydney, Australia and joined Patternbank last year. We asked about what inspires their designs and a little but about how the patterns are produced, “we are inspired by how digital and traditional techniques and methods together create beautiful designs. We are proficient in both the digital space ( photoshop and illustrator ) As well as traditional painting and drawing, which is something are proud to offer. We like to let the trends Inspire our design but we never design to a trend, which we think keeps our work fresh. To stay on top of trends we like to go window shopping weekly just to see what is current”.

Check out more of Luiza Cazal Print Studio’s work here on her Patternbank Studio profile page.

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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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