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Josh Blackwell transforms the humble carrier bag into these elaborate and colourful pieces of artwork, where he considers their previous life and easy throw away nature. Instead their degraded status is brought to life with beautiful, colourful stitching in geometric patterns where references to a past life can be made. Discover more of his art objects and installations that explore and challenge the purpose and use of everyday items at

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The wonderful use of denim in these urban landscapes by Korean artist Choi So Young caught Patternbank’s eye this week. The way that Choi So Young puts to use second hand jeans using their pockets, seams, belt loops and buttons, which then become the windows, streets and buildings of her landscapes is like a painting in itself. Particularly clever is the different shades of blue, bleached denim and reverse of the fabric that feature in her pictures, usually of her hometown Busan. Some of her works have already fetched staggering prices at auction of over 2 million dollars and been sold by international auction house Christie’s. Patternbank love this idea of re-using items no longer needed and giving them a new and unexpected use. Already ideas similar to this are featuring in products for interiors where recycling something old and creating something new is a big trend. Check out more of her incredible artworks at




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Inspiration for Autumn/Winter 2013 – Marbled Paint Effects – Molten Glass Patterns – Cracked Painterly Prints – Textured Landcapes – Drawn Lines – Layered Textures – Subtle Colour Washes – Bright Accents – Artisan Style

Norman Stuart Clarke, Luke Brooks A/W 2012 image via, Kurt Jackson, Eva Isaksen, Missoni A/W 2012 image via


The creativity and skill that went in to producing some of the most unrivalled quilt masterpieces dating from the early twentieth century to the present are those of the women of Gee’s Bend. This small, remote, black community in Alabama, where works have been found by three and sometimes four generations of women in the same family, are quite unique. Few other places can boast the extent of such artistic achievement, the result of both geographical isolation and an unusual degree of cultural continuity.

Gee’s Bend art also stands out for it’s flair with quilts composed boldly and improvisation-ally, in geometrics that transform recycled work clothes and dresses, feed sacks and fabric remnants. For more info you can purchase the fabulous book, The Quilts of Gee’s Bend on Amazon

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