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The Patternbank team have been busy extracting all the key print looks for you in the final instalment of New York Fashion Week. Once again we saw designers take a trip to the 60’s and 70’s, with Glam rock and bohemian styling being the key print trends coming through from New York this Fall season. Look out for our forthcoming reports on London Fashion Week.

Libertine F/W16


Modern 60s Graphics & Prints -Pattern Riots – Funky Political Statements – Beautiful Embellishments –  Decorative Typography – OTT Styling & Patchworks

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Anna Sui F/W16


Sixties Enhanced Pattern – Modern Pop Art Plays  – New Biba References  – Psychedelic Prints  – Bohemian 60s Retro Prints

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Vivienne Tam F/W16


Turkisk Carpet Patterns – North Asian Traditional Costume References  – Eclectic Folkloric Plays  – Explored Patchwork & Ikat

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Patternbank thought we’d share again the work of talented illustrator and print designer Sarah Arnett who produced some exciting work shown here, collaborating with Kim Hunt a creative director in the fashion industry. The British design studio Modern Love, define themselves as “digital settlers”, as applied to a person born and instructed in a non digital world, but who integrates the use of technologies in their work.

The duo ran a year long exhibition throughout 2015, Adventures Numeriques aimed to experiment the possible relations between traditional craft work and digital technologies in the fields of textiles and fashion. If you didn’t get a chance to visit you can still view their work on the website and photos from the exhibition here. Patternbank love their concept of embracing the digital technology available to us but still remembering the importance of craft and how it can enhance what we produce. We look forward to seeing future collaborations from this talented duo.



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The Patternbank team have been busy extracting all the key print looks for you in the final instalment of New York Fashion Week. Coach for Spring/Summer 2016 tempted us with pretty prairie floral combinations, a recurring theme seen on the catwalk this week. Tommy Hilfiger and Anna Sui showed bright beach tropicals from the Caribbean and Hawaii for a laid back summer vibe. Other important trends came from more far flung destinations of the orient where kimono style prints caught our eye. Look out for our forthcoming report on London Fashion Week.

Coach S/S16


Wild Flower Mixes – Pretty Patchworks – Minute Texture Marks – Varied Colour Backgrounds – Tree Blossom Prints

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Tommy Hilfiger S/S16


Josef Frank Inspired Tropicals – Colourful Stripes – Beach Vibe –  Patch-worked Fabrics– Conversational Tropicals – Crochet Details – Ragga Style

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Anna Sui S/S16


Tropical Pineapple Prints – Bold Stripes – Simplistic Flower Shapes  – Black and White Tribal – Ethnic Pattern Mixes – Outlined Florals – Hawaiian Florals

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Hisham Akira Bharoocha takes day dreaming to a new level with his mind blowing collages that explore a world beyond everyday life. Bharrocha’s style is a mix of techniques that are inspired through feelings and visuals within the mind. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Bharrocha is very much part of the underground community’s creative leaders, continually trying to bring together the visual art, music and fashion communities for collaboration. One such collaboration was with singer, songwriter, producer and model Solange on a line of trainers for Puma. Hisham’s artwork of linear patterns are combined with rainforest imagery to vibrant and striking effect. To see more of Bharrocha’s fascinating work go to


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This week the Patternbank Team have been finding inspiration on the London catwalks Spring/Summer 15 where print and pattern has been strong with bold individuality in expressive florals and painterly marks to more delicate and intricate pattern. Spring fresh colours were accompanied with solid black and navy for a new summer vibe. Look out for more of the catwalk collection to follow later this week.

Jena. Theo S/S 15

Fresh Botanical Drawings – Expressive Hand Drawn Florals – Watercolour Washes – Overpainted Brushstrokes – Bold Black Paint Strokes – Photographic Floral Cut-outs – Dahlia and Sunflower Heads – Ink Outlines

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Preen By Thornton Bregazzi S/S 15

Romantic Florals – Pattern Layers – Sportswear Stripes – Dashes and Dots – Masai Warrior – Lace Cut-outs – Devore Silks – Sporty Trims – Fluorescent Beaded Accents – Asymmetric Stripe and Pattern Layouts – Monotone Florals

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Fyodor Golan S/S 15

High Tech Fabrics – Laser Cut Embellishment – Photographic Leaf Print – Collaged Stripes – Reflective Surfaces – Neon Floral Motifs – American Football Prints – Digital Romance – Lucio Fonatana Slashed Canvas – Neon Plastics and Silicon

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Jasper Conran S/S 15

Drawn Line – Clean Crisp Linework – Painted Brushmarks – Expressive Scribbles – Geometric Cut-outs – Paint Splatters – Neutral Colour Pallette – Collaged Assembles – Artistic Creations

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Temperley London S/S 15

Japanese Kimono Inspired – Intricate Foulard Patterns – Geometric Mixed Pattern – Fishnet and Ropework – Simple Check Mixes – Diamond Patterns – Underwater Sea creatures – Shells and Coral

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Bora Aksu S/S 15

Overscaled Lace Placements – Applique and Cut-work – Delicate Geometric and Floral Pattern – Crochet and Hand-Made Embroideries  – Soft Blue Colour pallettes – Folk Embroidered References – Hearts and Scrolls

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Holly Fulton S/S 15

60’s Floral Motifs – Folk Inspired – Monochrome Pattern – Floral and Geometric Pattern – Engineered Placements – Morris Dancer Decoration – Checker and Diamond Pattern – Pretty Embellishments – Sunburst Motif

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Matthew Williamson S/S 15

Stylised Seventies Florals – Ombre Backgrounds – Offset Leaf Prints – Indonesian Ikats – Ethnic and Tropical Florals – Exotic Feathers – Trailing Foliage – Hibiscus Prints

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House of Holland S/S 15

Seventies Kaleidoscopic Florals – Fun and Whimsical – Ombre Hippy – Applique Daisies – Paisley Ombre – Childlike Simplicity – Vibrant Colour Plays- Clustered Groupings – Floral Foulard Pattern

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Print and pattern inspiration for Spring/Summer 2015 debuts on the New York catwalks this week. With shows still coming thick and fast the Patternbank team have had no trouble in selecting the key print looks for this season. With a never ending choice of bold pattern and creative print mixes on offer these collections range from African inspired designs to painterly brush marks and tribal ethnics to over-scaled florals. This season offers a vast array of dynamic and inspiring looks.

Libertine S/S 15


Optical Pattern – Witty Conversational’s – Photographic Collage – Bold Black & White – Clashing Brights – Embellished Motifs  – Ethnic Cross Stitched Patterns

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Carolina Herrera S/S 15


Over-scaled Florals – Fractured Geometrics – Photographic Blooms – Giant Silhouetted Prints – Greyscale Roses – Hyper Real Blossom Prints – Flower Montage

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A Détacher S/S 15


Bold African Style Geometrics – Ethnic Spot Prints – African Inspired Placements – Fluffy Cloud Patterns – Playful Landscapes – Star Prints

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Donna Karan S/S 15


Street Art – Jean-Michel Basquiat Inspired – Brush Marks & Scribble – Hand Penned Lettering – Textural Mark Making – Graffiti Pattern – Distressed Graphics

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L.A.M.B  S/S 15


African Tribal Motifs – Nomadic Influences – Cross Hatched Brush Texture – Simplistic Black & White Brush Marks – Mirrored Pattern – Ethnic Pattern Mixes

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Custo Barcelona S/S 15


Cyber Geometrics – Iridescent Coatings – Optical Monochrome and bright Mixes – Geometric Mosaic – Stripes and Checks – Animal Placements – Embossed Graphics – Print Mash-ups

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Mara Hoffman S/S 15


Tribal Influences – Candy Colour Mixes – Pastel Geometrics – Sun Ray Designs – Stylised Wave Prints – Stitched Tribal Folk Designs – Tropical Foliage Repeats

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M Missoni S/S 15


Vibrant Ikat – Frida Kahlo Inspired Prints – Day of the Dead Imagery – Painterly Rose Appliqué – Soft Monochromatic Palettes – Clashing Pattern Mixes – Skeleton & Skull Motifs

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Milly S/S 15


Artistic Ink Splatters – Colour Bleeding – Printed Mesh – Over-Scaled Blurred Imagery – Illustrative Prints – Lazer Cut Pattern – Pastel and Monochrome Mixes

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Patternbank are loving these intriguing photographic mandalas by master of observation Ross Holden.These kaleidoscopic images are made up of fleeting views of everyday life which Holden arranges in repeat to produce these highly patterned mandala wheels. On close inspection these artworks are crammed with the witty and the mundane depicting daily life and representing the repetitive imagery churned out by the media. See more from Ross Holden here.



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The Patternbank team were excited to see these amazing anatomical collages doing the rounds on many art blogs recently. Phoenix, Arizona based collage artist Travis Bedel aka ‘Bedelgeuse’ mixes biology, botanical drawings and vintage illustrations to create beautiful visual statements. See more of his work on his Tumblr site and buy his prints online oat Society6 & Etsy.



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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Merijn Hos is an illustrator and visual artists based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He divides his time between working as a commercial illustrator and on personal projects, exhibitions and independent publishing. The Patternbank team love Hos’s quirky pattern plays and surreal subject matter explorations. See more of his mind bending creations using print, pattern and illustration at his personal site



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Patternbank brings you a quick overview of some key print & graphic trends happening this Christmas. As each year passes different styles are emerging creating new visual dimensions to the festive period.

Trend 1 – Vintage Regenerated


Found Wrapping Paper – Hand Painted Illustrations – Naive Pattern – Retro Baubles – Muted Colour Tones – Scripted Fonts – Stylised Character Drawings

Trend 2 – Scandinavian Style


Flat Graphics – Nordic References – Bold Pattern and Graphic Elements – Folklore Fairytale – Rich Detail – Cross-stitch Embroidery – Folkloric Nostalgia

Trend 3 – Modern Statements


Edgy Illustration  – Photo Collage – Craft Chalk Typography – Rich Depth of Detail – Updated look to Christmas Graphics – Intense Graphic Pattern – Pencil and Line Drawn Creations

Patternbank are always on the look out for inspiring textures and these collages by Thierry Mugny are just that. Mugny obviously has a great eye for what many of us would pass by, worn and peeling paint, old bill board posters torn and the scribblings or writings found in urban areas or more natural surroundings with textures of tree barks and earths own cracked surfaces. Mugny uses photos as a starting point to create these compositions where he then assembles from paintings, drawings and collages, superimposing to dramatic effect. Check out more of his work at and his tumblr.


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Patternbank brings you the highlights from New York S/S 2014 Fashion Week. This is the first instalment where we have selected designers showing key print trends for Spring / Summer 2014. Watch out for Part 2 which will follow shortly and also the up and coming London, Milan and Paris Shows which we will also be covering here at Patternbank.

BCBG Max Azria S/S 2014


Hand Painted Florals – Pattern build ups – Flowing Florals – Distorted Beauty – Monochrome Expression – Ink Marked Pattern – Sectioned structure

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Josie Natori S/S 2014


Abstract Forms – Blurred Pattern – Monochrome Patterns – Rainbow-Bright Checks – Creative Print Mixes – Abstract Geometrics – Ombre Blurred Checks

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Diane Von Furstenburg S/S 2014


Tribal References – Linear Pattern – Gradient In-fill Pattern – African Animals – Light Distortion – Graphic Pattern

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Prabal Gurung S/S 2014


Floral Collage – Pattern Patchwork – Bright Colour Use – Black & White Floral Painted – Cut-Up Pattern use – Abstracted Structure

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Nicole Miller S/S 2014


Floral and Print mix – Blurred and double exposed Prints – Shared & Fractured Looks – Intense Micro Kaleidoscope Effects  – Painted Floral -Abstract Texture Combinations

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Whit S/S 2014


Delicate Summer Floral – Contrast Prints – Simplified Painted Blooms – Intense Colour Contrast – Fern and Flower References

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Tanya Taylor S/S 2014


Striped Form – Colour Plays through Striped Pattern – Stipple Brush Techniques – Flowing Pattern – Contrasting Colour use through Stripes – Hand Painted

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Jeremy Laing S/S 2014


Squeegee’d Pattern – Large Scale Photographic Florals – New York Artist Julia Dault’s Art – Fluid Studies – Movement Through Print – Ethereal Foliage

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Red Valentino S/S 2014


Painted Floral Studies – Full-on Blooms – 60’s Gardening Illustrations – Intense Looks – Summer Blooms – Hand Rendered Studies

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Patternbank love Edoardo De Falchi’s photographic collage work, a graphic designer from Rome, Italy. Falchi’s website has a multitude of work in various mediums with plenty to inspire. The initiator of the “scan-painting” a contemporary movement which is used widely in the art world and on the web, Falchi has stayed fairly hidden himself and lets his art speak for itself. Check out Falchi’s Flickr page to see more of his work.



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Jesse Treece is a collage artist living in Seattle whose work screams of the simple, yet ever complex, interpretations of both the mundane and whimsical facets of life. He’s somehow managed to mix both the regular and absurd, beautiful and disturbing and put them into images that you find you could get lost in for hours. Check out more of his inspirational collages on Flickr.


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Kristen Schiele finds inspiration for her paintings and shadow boxes from all walks of life such as stage sets, cinema, folklore, allegory, kitsch and story telling. The vibrant colour and rich layers add to the theatrical and playful feel to her work which Patternbank find so attractive. Using elements of paint, thread and collage her work moves from one dimension to another drawing the viewer in. Visit her website to discover more.


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Patternbank brings you a snapshot of the key prints seen at the recent Part 1 New Designers Graduate show.

The Patternbank team recently visited the New Designers Graduate show at London’s Business Design Centre. Taking place over two weeks, with eight distinct design zones and two prestigious Awards Evenings, 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.


All images copyright ©Hannah Bowen 2013, Leeds College of Art & Design



All images copyright ©Freya Gardner2013, Arts University Bournemouth 



All images copyright ©Katie Fitzpatrick 2013, Leeds College of Art and Design



All images copyright ©Stephanie Rostron 2013, Leeds College of Art & Design



All images copyright ©Karolina Klimczyk 2013, Edinburgh College of Art


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Ashley Miller, Lizzie Thomson and Katelyn Brehony are the creative force behind the Brooklyn, NY based fashion label How Very Dare. Founded in October 2011 after a good stint in the fashion industry where they gained invaluable experience and knowledge, they ventured out into the digital print world to create their own garments at an accessible price tag. Patternbank catch up with them here after their recent launch of their new collection Trash to Treasure and find out a little bit about what makes their photo-real label so individual, fun and exciting. Trash to Treasure and previous collections are available to buy from their shop on etsy.

How did you get into the Fashion business, did one thing start your career?

The three of us met while working at Betsey Johnson. Betsey has an energy and a vibrancy unlike any other and she has definitely shaped our careers. We loved working together and after some time we decided to branch out and start up our own label –  How Very Dare.

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

Inspiration can come at the most random times, on a subway ride, in the middle of the night…We’re lucky enough to live in NYC, a city surrounded by progressive artists and new emerging talent.
Concepts for our collections translate from what is around us, and then we think about how we can lay it down into a wearable print. Our upcoming collection, Trash to Treasure, is based on flea market finds. Items that were once disposable emerge with a new lease of life the second time around. We started with photographs of vintage treasure, then pieced the items together working this concept into a collection of engineered prints.

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If you’re looking for more print trend inspiration for Spring/Summer 2014, look no further than Basement Jaxx’s new video by Big Active’s Mat Maitland. This Psychedelic visual safari takes you on a real journey through some of the key prints themes coming through for S/S14. These include: Tropical Utopia and Scientific Nature from Patternbanks Spring/Summer 2014 Print report Part 1. Other trends translated in the video’s visual exploration include: Tribal Geometries, Fantastic Aqua-Life Earth + Cracks and Fantastic Safari from our Première Vision + Indigo S/S 2014 Print trend report.

The promo, co-directed with Natalia Stuyk, features Mat Maitland’s signature collage style along with specially made items by French hair stylist / fashion designer Charlie Le Mindu and make-up artist Isamaya Ffrench. Maitland also shot the sleeve image which similarly uses a Le Mindu headpiece. (Video at the foot of page)



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Daniel Shiel’s professional training as an archaeologist in the UK puts his photographic work into context, though he can trace his preoccupations back to childhood holidays exploring historical and industrial landscapes.The subjects he photographs have ‘minor histories’; from their creation to destruction, from usefulness to abandonment.He extracts specific details from photographic images, isolating them from their original context. These provide ‘materials’ or ‘pallets’ which are combined, using collage.The resulting structures attempt to define and express the uncertain sensations and responses experienced during his explorations. They may have a surrealist quality; becoming remote landscapes and settings of questionable and unsettling perspective and narrative.Patternbank loves the visual feast these collective images deliver. Distressed texture highlights intricate, vintage, typography or frames the surprising placements of architectural features. Visit Daniel’s website to see more.



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