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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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The Patternbank team returned to Kensington Olympia once again for Top Drawer & Home‘s Autumn 2015 show. With a wealth of new and innovative designers on show in the Spotted at Top Drawer area, curated by the freelance writer and author Charlotte Abrahams, the show was as vibrant as ever. Top Draw’s Academy Masterclass showcased an impressive crowd of top entrepreneurs and business experts, from Wayne Hemingway, MBE to Patricia van der Akker from The Design Trust, not to mention Patternbank’s very own Trend Editor, Neil Elliott, all taking centre stage to inspire and innovate. Here’s a little taste of Patternbank’s Top picks from the show.


French illustrator and printmaker Hellomarine, now Uk based spends her time working on various projects balancing her time between commissioned work and personal projects. Her bold and colourful work has appealed to an impressive list of clients from Lacoste to The NY Times. See more on her website here



Super LdN was created by Steven after a 10 year stint as a retailer on portobello Road. These unique cards challenge the generic greeting card market with quirky elements and punky themes, each card is like a small work of art. See the full collection here.


Design and printmaking duo Orwell and Goode are based in the Scottish borders creating their individual collections of printed homewares from their studio in a converted stable block. Read more about their story and see their full range of products here

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Jp King is a writer, designer and publisher from Toronto Canada, with a self confessed paper obsession. His love of paper manifests itself in collage and installation murals, and Jp also indulges his interest running ‘Paper Pusher’ an experimental Risograph print and design studio. This calendar is a result of one of his experiments, the combination of fluorescent pink ink with the simple lines of geometric shapes, creates an illusion of depth and dimension. Patternbank loves his use of half tones and the overlay of elementary shapes and lines creating stylish prints with a retro appeal. See more here.


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These vintage B&W photographs are brought back to life with bold pattern and collage additions. Graphic designer Guy Catling from Colchester, Essex uses the art of collage to express his creativity. Vibrant patterns, folk prints and scalped pictures of carpets add real contrast to some dark photographic subject matter.  See more of Guy’s work on his Flickr and tumblr sites.



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Successful Graphic illustrator Holly Wales caught our inspiration eye this week with her retro, hand drawn imagery. Her stylish illustrations have an effortless quality, with an eye catching balance between graphic detail and figurative drawing. Holly divides her time between her career as an illustrator, working with clients such as The New York Times in which she illustrates a weekly column, The V&A, The Royal College of Art and Urban Outfitters, and traveling the country lecturing at colleges from Falmouth to Central St.Martins. See more from Holly here.



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Dealing with themes of memory and change, Thornton uses family photos, pop culture, world events, and outdated media to illustrate the modern relevance of these past objects and events. The use of erasure and fragmentation represent memory’s imperfections. Pixelation and computer manipulation represent the physical world merging with the digital, as the digital world is one of contemporary society’s recent cultural evolutions. The marker drawings represent the accumulation of things that were once valid but have lost their original importance. The drawings represent the paradox of what to do with things that were once meaningful yet no longer serve the same purpose. Check more on his website or Flickr.


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Patternbank brings you the key print highlights from the recent Milan Fashion Week catwalk shows. In this first instalment we’ve edited down the strongest print trend highlights for Spring/Summer 2013. Watch out for Part 2 which will follow shortly. Also keep an eye out for our print highlight report on Paris Fashion Week which we will also be featuring here at Patternbank.

Etro S/S 2013

Oriental Blossoms – Hand Painted Floral Nature Studies – Paisleys Deconstructed – Border and Scarf Placements – Folk and Oriental Mix

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Roberto Cavalli S/S 2013

Modern Art Deco Imagery – Animal Print Mixes – Delicate Line work – Solid Colour Fill-ins – Sophisticated Placements – Intricate Laser-cut Work – White On White – Pale Nude and Lingerie Looks

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Missoni S/S 2013

Faceted and 3-D Effects – Layered Sheers – Brush Stroke Marks – Printed Sequins – Optical Prisms and Visuals – Colour Graduation and Ombre Use

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Antonio Maras S/S 2013

Patchwork Fabric Mixes – Illustrated Stylised Florals – Embroidered and Decorated Placements – Camouflage and Floral Workings – Hand Painted Floral Artworks

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Iceberg S/S 2013

Tiled Pattern Workings – Small and Large Scale Pattern Mixes – Block-Printed and Screen-Print Looks – Geometric Moroccan Style – Limited Colour

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Marni S/S 2013

Graphic Geometric Plays – Bauhaus Inspired – Sliced Dots and Plaid Use – Grid-Like Checks – Bold Checks and Grid Formations – Retro Inspired 60’s Florals

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Loving the work of London-based Illustrator Jimmy Turrell – he studied Graphic Design rather than Illustration at Central St. Martins. He uses a mixture of hand-made collage, drawing, screenprinting and painting alongside digital techniques which gives his work a uniquely retro feel, yet still feeling very modern, clean and fresh. It’s not only us that like him, he’s worked for some great clients such as Nike, Universal Music, Levis, MTV, Conde Nast and Sony Music to name but a few. Check more of his work at


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Check out the awesome work of Pavel Fuksa, he’s a creative director/art director/graphic designer currently based in Prague and Bratislava. We love the way he makes his work look so authentically retro that you’d be forgiven for thinking some of these pieces were from a 1950’s Eastern European Matchbox but in fact they are all new. Great colours, textures and composition with a bit of wit and humour mixed in. Check out more of his excellent work on his website


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