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Patternbank are loving this visually enhanced photographic series entitled ‘Constructed’, by artist, illustrator and designer Pawel Nolbert. Pawel blends graphic and photography elements and poses questions like: where does the “photo” end and “graphy” begin?  The use of what tools make it a photography, and distinct it from a graphic? Does it make sense to create that distinction anymore?
Pawel has a high calibre of companies that he has worked for, these include Nike, Google, Apple, Sony and Disney to name a few. See more of his jaw dropping work at nolbert.com

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Patternbank brings you a snapshot of our favourite print designers seen at the recent  New Designers Graduate show in London.

The Patternbank team once again had the privilege of experiencing this years emerging talent at the New Designers Graduate show.  New Designers is the UK’s most important graduate design exhibition, full of innovation and fresh thinking. Part 1 of the graduate show focused on Textiles and surface pattern design courses and was the ultimate event to spot the next wave of creative talent to hit the industry.

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El Gato Chimney paints nature with extraordinary detail, the natural world is given a magical twist, birdlife and other fantastical creatures, dressed in adornments of patterned fabrics, carry their homes, sometimes on fire, wherever they go. El Gato lives and works in Milan, Italy and began his career as a self taught artist, with an interest in graffiti, street art, steampunk culture and surrealism. His research for his work includes subjects such as alchemy, ancient and modern art, magic, mirabilia, occultism, popular folklore, spiritualism and tribal art. Check out his Instagram for more of his magical birdlife and the James Freeman Gallery where his paintings are currently on show.

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The Activewear market is continuing to grow as people strive for a healthier and more active lifestyle. This has seen the performance sportswear industry reach a global value of over $78 billion in 2016. As brands develop new ranges, patterns are a key factor in new collections for the gym or yoga studio. Our trends team have been tracking what’s happening within the world of Activewear, looking at technology, nature, new activities and emerging Activewear brands. All this information has been reviewed to focus on the key print and pattern trends we see coming through for Autumn/Winter 2018. Enjoy the report and don’t forget that you can shop our dedicated Activewear category in the Patternbank studio.

  • 5 print trend stories broken down into mood, print direction and colour

  • 28 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence

  • Over 50 directional hand-picked images

  • Colour palette breakdowns with Pantone TCX references

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Patternbank bring you part 2 of the strongest print and pattern trends seen at the recent Resort 2018 collections. A creative mix of patterns ranging  from vibrant circus inspired stripes and geometrics, to an eclectic collection of conversational prints, with floral patterns in a simple minimal colour palette, contrasting opulent trellis prints. Hot on the heels of resort, SS18 Menswear is already in full swing, so keep your eyes open for our coverage of the Menswear catwalk collections.

Blossom Tree

Monique Lhuillier / Seamless Flowers Pattern by Eduardo Doreni / Carolina Herrera / Soft Lillies & Plumeria Feminine Floral by Elena MalikSeamless Tropical Pattern by Eduardo Doreni / Cinq a Sept / Cherry Blossoms in Navy by Zoe Allen

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


Colourful Circus

Missoni / Geometric Ornate by Kostin Sergey / House of Holland / Lines Mix Colours by Camila Coelho / Mara Hoffman / Geometric Effect by Camila Coelho / Carolina Herrera / Stripe by Owl Prints

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


Two Colour

Preen Line / Blue Flowers by Motifsbis / Derek Lam / Meadow sprigs by Nia Martin / Fire Leaf by Sofia Alves / Diane von Furstenberg / Stargazer by Jemma Figgins / Edun

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

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Patternbank bring you the strongest print and pattern trends seen at the recent Resort 2018 collections. A bold mixture of bright vintage inspired florals and continuation of  simple botanical prints, to ornate and decorative paisley border patterns. Watch out for part 2 of our print trend analysis next week.

Vintage Brights

Vintage Floral Background Gray by Rafael Barbosa de Oliveira / Pringle of Scotland / Vintage Outlines Retro Style 70s Spring Summer Poppy Floral by Laura Thompson / MSGM / Gucci / Rose and Flowers on Dark Green by Lauren Eberhardt / Warm / Retro Flowers by Estudio Bloom Prints

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


 

Border Beauty

Valentino / VK-38 Flower Stripes by Victoria Krupp / Etro / Flowered Paisleys by Aline Chacon / Ornamental Scarf Edge by Debra Scrivener / Chloe / PD Laced by Charlotte Prinsen / Altuzarra

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


 

Simple Botanical

No.21 / Flora by Slender Prints / Bottega Veneta / Branches with Chrysanthemums by Maite Tiscar / Phillip Lim / Painted Floral by Wren / Marcus Lupfer / Meadow Allover Floral by Nia Martin

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


 

Delicate Ditsy

Brock Collection / Ditsy Flower by Joseph Sengco / Joseph / Watercolour Ditsy Floral by Guava Print Studio / Brock Collection / Novis / Watercolour Ditsy Botanical by Guava Print Studio / Lela Rose

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


 

Monochrome Life

B&W Rose with Stripes by Ahmetsenel / ZAC Zac Posen / Chevron Stripe by Melanie Gow / Adam Lippes / Alice & Olivia / Blue Blossoms Stripe Gold by Camila Coelho / Tomas Maier / Black and White Diamond Geometric by Eleonora Yerolemou

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


 

Hexagon Order

Hexagons and Circles by Michele Tozzi / Bibhu Mohapatra / Patchwork with Butterflies by Sunpattern / Derek Lam / Diane Von Furstenberg / Youthful Kaleidoscope Hexagon by Brittany Zeller-Holland / Antonio Marras / Retro Geometric by Francesca Warren

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

 

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Patternbank are loving the work of Tom Abbiss Smith. The recently graduated illustration artist from Norwich University Of The Arts, currently lives in Norwich, UK. Through both contemporary and traditional techniques such as digital collage, print making and painting, Tom explores shape and form to produce abstract works and illustrative outcomes. His work can be seen in various publications, including Creative Review, Wallpaper Magazine, Crack Magazine and Walnut Magazine. Tom’s most recent clients include Atelier Pichita, Whip Appeal Of Sweden, Unlimited Store and El Moderno Concept store. See more of Tom’s work and his recent collaborations here.

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Patternbank highlight some of the recent Resort 2018 Collections, in particular Valentino, who showed a strong palette of colours, from pink to green, yellow and red, alongside bold ethnic prints and placement embroidery, all mixed with a young, sporty vibe. Watch out for more on the Resort 2018 shows, which are a great insight into the next upcoming trends of the season.

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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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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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At first glance the work of photographer Andreas Zimmermann appears to depict urban landscapes created out of children’s toy building blocks. The photographs are in fact high-resolution photos of individual Lego which are then digitally assembled on a computer to produce these clever landscape patterns. Patternbank love the playful colour and composition where order sometimes clashes, tricking the eye into seeing something that is not quite what it first appears.

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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 are loving these modernist interior illustrations by Romanian artist Ana Popescu. With the holiday season not too far away these beautifully stylish illustrations focus on texture, interior layouts and muted colour plays. With the David Hockney exhibition happening at the Tate Britain until the 29th May, these artworks are a refreshing new look on holiday home illustrations. See more of her stunning work here popescuana.com

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Exquisite hand embroidered textiles with threads intact, reminiscent of samplers from historical collections, were the offerings from Sarah Burton and her team for the Alexander McQueen fall 2017 collection at Paris Fashion Week. They found their inspirations in Cornwall, collections of flora and fauna, sun and star symbols and ribbons and threads, a truly beautiful offering.

See the full Alexander McQueen collection on Vogue.com

Watch out for our Fall 2017 Catwalk Print Trend Report to inspire you in all your new seasonal developments – live in March. Check out our Spring/Summer 2017 Catwalk report here.

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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Dries Van Noten’s Fall 2017 Collection at Paris Fashion Week was a dazzling retrospective of some of his favourite prints from Chintz to Japanese Kimonos and mezmerizing geometrics, all re-worked into a collection of fabulous dresses. This was Dries 100th show and featured models that walked the catwalk for him back in 1993, a strong and lasting image of powerful women in powerful prints.

See the full Dries collection on Vogue.com