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Patternbank fell in love with the colourful abstract paintings of Natalia Black, who lives and works in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Liverpool, England. Natalia gained a Degree in Fine Arts from the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia and later moved to Northern Ireland where she developed and established her career as an artist.

Many of her paintings are on canvas and wood but in recent years she has started experimenting with new technologies and has made a series of digital abstract paintings on metal. These beautiful intricate pieces are created by transforming the qualities of natural landscapes into their synthetic non-figurative versions.

Talking about her art, she comments: “Painting helps me to look beyond the obvious, it also urges me to:…. don’t stop playing, don’t stop learning, don’t stop looking, find that inner child … it let’s me have fun on my own. I also find it’s a nice way to make friends.”

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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.

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Mixing pop culture icons with stylised artworks, designer BFGF caught our eye recently. These fresh homewares are the work of Lilian Martinez who calls her creative endeavor BFGF an “Art Brand”. Patternbank were drawn to the compelling randomness of the content. Simpson’s characters, sports brand logos, historic female sculptures, and basketballs all feature within her work. Mixing history, pop culture elements, and tropical plant life to create amazing art pieces. Based in California BFGF sells through her website and Society6.

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The Patternbank Team bring you the key Print Trends from the  Spring/Summer 2018 Menswear Catwalk shows, alongside our curated print designs from The Patternbank Online Textile Studio. Check out our Summer 2018 collection of prints at The Patternbank Studio.

ORIENT » Dolce & Gabbana  / Pb17 by mrdgk / Hand Drawn Koi Fish in Orchideas by Magdalena Maczewska / Band of Outsiders / Carpe Diem by Morselli MattiaCarpe Diem by Morselli Mattia / Emporio Armani

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

BLOOMING » Antonio Marras / Flowers Together by Riverside Bonfire Studio (Premium Studio) / MSGM / Flowers in Black & White by MKDesigns / Frost Rose by Kathleen Ney (Premium Studio) / No.21

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

HAWAIIAN VACATION » Dsquared / Blue Hawaiian by Shock Rider Creative Studio / Dries Van Noten / Ami / Palm Angels / Lush Jungle by Katya Rozz / Black Outlines Hibiscus With Leaves and Flowers by Christine Lara

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

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Bloodlines, an exhibition currently running at The Andy Warhol Museum until May 21st 2017, presents a new body of work by New York-based artist Firelei Báez. The exhibition showcases paintings and drawings depicting textiles, hair designs and body ornaments, linking symbols of power with human gestures. Báez’s work is instantly beautiful with her gifted ease at using different mediums from abstract washes of paint to intricate drawings of botanical flora and fauna and mixing patterns along the way. Inspired by lineages of black resistance and making connections that further our understanding of dispersed groups, Báez is interested in the craft and art forms traditionally thought of as “women’s work” where textiles, jewellery and ceramics is constant in her work and this in turn can be seen in her own intensive artistic labour, understanding their struggles and illustrating this within her own work.

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The Patternbank Team bring you Part 1 of the key Print Trends from the Fall 2017 Menswear Catwalk shows, alongside our curated print designs from The Patternbank Online Textile Studio. Check out more of our Fall 2017 prints at The Patternbank Studio.

DECORATIVE INDIA » Etro / Etro / Ja-21 by Margarita Allard (Premium Studio) / Etro / Ja-19 by Margarita Allard (Premium Studio) / Abstract Paisley Pattern by Tatyana Anisimova / Dolce & Gabbana

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

RUG ROBES » Les Benjamins / Craig Green / Craig Green / Carpet Illusion by Angela23 / Tp-1395 by Soufiane Lafkih / Alexander McQueen / Ethnic Design by MK Designs

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

CALL OF THE WILD » Etro / The Eagle in the Mountains Scene by Jo Mitchell (Premium Design) / Les Benjamins / Etro / Dream Mountains by Dunya Atay / Fierce Animal by Studio Lebra / Balmain

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

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Bunnie Reis is a “natural storyteller, time traveler and lover of all that is us, living in a world filled with magic and imagination.” From her Cosmic Animal Gloves, a Patternbank favourite, where she plays with the idea of old and new, transforming old leather gloves with visual symmetry and cosmic references to spirit animals. To her paintings, which are filled with magic and imagination, her work is constantly individual. Check out more of her work on her website and Instagram.

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Patternbank love the work of American artist Jen Stark and spotted a recent installation at Miami International Airport that took our breath away. Know more for her multi coloured paper sculptures, Stark has been on the art radar for quite a while now. This amazing large scale public mural is a mix of glorious colour and hypnotic pattern plays. See more of Jen’s work on her site jenstark.com

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Patternbank love the vibrantly colourful paintings and prints by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes. Milhazes is well known for her work which draws on both Latin American and European Traditions. A first major retrospective of her large-scale abstract paintings inspired by Brazilian and European Modernism, Baroque forms, popular culture, and the decorations of Carnival is on show from Sept 19th 2014 – Jan 18th 2015 at Pérez Art Museum Miami.

 

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Patternbank were at last weeks Pick Me Up graphic arts festival(24th April-5th May), the UK’s best annual contemporary graphic art fair at Somerset House, London. Now in it’s Fifth year the show has grown to be a great place to spot new and upcoming talent with original works and prints available to purchase.

Patternbank highlights the strongest Illustrators, graphic artists and studios seen at the festival this year.

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Recent Graphic Design graduate from Central St Martins, Edward has already been championed by It’s Nice That and WRAP magazine. His highly original style combines bright colours, uniform width black outlines and a natural flair for creating narrative-rich imagery. edwardcarvalhomonaghan.co.uk

 

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French-American illustrator and animator Jessica was born in Los Angeles and moved to France when she was 7 years old. She studied traditional animation techniques in Paris, where she now lives, and graduated in 2006. Since then she has worked on the TV adaption of French illustrator Marc Boutavant’s Mouk around the World as a character and prop designer, before establishing her studio in 2010. Inspired by children’s books and popular culture, her work is inhabited by colourful and quirky creatures.  jessicadas.com

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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 kirrajamison.com

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Patternbank love Melissa Manfull’s paintings which explore how buildings can connect with nature and the landscapes that surround us. Manfull is interested in the “paper architects” of the Soviet era who in the seventies and eighties created fantastical architectural designs. The geometric shapes and patterns that form these imaginary buildings and structures are not intended for construction but a more spiritual ideal of how our landscapes could be. See more at melissamanfull.com

 

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Mercedes Lagunas is a hugely talented, emerging Spanish artist. Her passion for painting started early and she studied Art History at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, then later going on to take a Masters in Graphic Design. Her work is reminiscent of 1960’s poster art and Patternbank loves her bold use of colour, strong stylised imagery and pattern giving her work energy and personality. See more from Mercedes here.

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Patternbank are loving Keiko Nishiyama’s picturesque garden inspired collection from her MA graduate show. Keiko Nishiyama studied BA Fashion and performance in Tokyo. after working for an assistant designer, completed an MA in fashion design at London College of Fashion. The idea of printing ‘hybrid imported plants’ in which new flowers were mixed to create an atmosphere of mystery. All the draft prints are hand-drawn creating the illusion of distance to rearrange and reposition the flowers.

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This collection born out of English picturesque garden. The garden would compare anthology of art. In 18th century,Despite the British devotion to naturalism, features such as ruins and follies hybrid flowers became gradually more and more ornamental. The idea that the inclusion of artificial elements in fact contributes to the concept of a ‘naturalistic garden’

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We love these mixed media artworks by Australian artist Tracy Potts, she mixes crochet, knitting, sewing and paint onto canvas in a completely captivating and eccentric way. She graduated from the University of South Australia with a Fine Arts degree majoring in printmaking and this certainly shows in her work. Love it – you can check a few more of here pieces at the Anita Traverso Gallery.

 

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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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Street artist Molly Rose Freeman lets her art transform urban spaces. From soulless, uninspiring surroundings her paintings develop and grow, ‘I use basic geometric shapes so they can become anything, move any way they want. I don’t know what the wall will look like really until the very end. It’s exciting to be surprised, to make something without fully understanding what you’re making. That’s the magic’. Her interest in geometric shapes within sacred spaces, throughout history and culture, have led her to recreate this within urban landscapes. Molly has worked within Street Art groups and outreach programs such as Livingwalls and The City Speaks, in deprived areas throughout the US helping to inject energy and spirit through art. See all her latest projects on her website.

 

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Patternbank loves the awe-inspiring street art by Greek illustrator and artist Alexandros Vasmoulakis. We were drawn to his fresh contemporary take on street art. Graffiti was the  foundation for his progression into painting, and after studying at the Athens School of Fine Arts, Vasmoulakis worked as an illustrator with advertising companies producing ad murals. See more of Alexandros abstract wall murals on his portfolio site vasmou.com

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