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Patternbank were out at the London Illustration Fair launch last night. London’s contemporary illustration event has returned this weekend with a programme packed full of the most exciting illustration, printmaking, and design! Back in residence on London’s Southbank at the raw industrial space of the Bargehouse, this year The London Illustration Fair puts the emphasis on play with interactive artworks and hands-on workshops. With over 65 exhibitors, from the hottest emerging talent to established names, The London Illustration Fair is the destination to discover the best in illustration today. The fair runs from 1st – 3rd December, more info here. Check out our favorite artists/studios seen at the fair.

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The Patternbank team stumbled upon these intricate type and pattern formations created by Dutch artist Hansje Van Halem. Halem graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2003 and now works as an independent graphic designer. She has great love for typography, book design and all other types of printed matter. We love Hansje’s pattern Sketchbook which is is a compilation of self generated, commissioned, applied, rejected and unfinished sketches, type drawings, experiments, patterns and failures made between 2003 and 2013.




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Sonnenzimmer is the Chicago-based studio of Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. Their humble beginnings of a shared painting studio complete with industrial screen printing equipment, sealed their union. This soon developed and grew into a design and print studio specialising in hand-crafted prints and fine art. Their backgrounds in typography, printmaking, graphic design and fine art merge to produce unique pieces with a creative hand printed quality. see their extensive portfolio and read about their many projects here.




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Patternbank brings you our third and final print highlight report on the recent New York S/S 2014 Fashion shows. In this instalment we have again selected key designers showing the strongest print trends for Spring / Summer 2014. Keep an eye out for our reports on London, Milan and Paris Shows which we will also be covering here at Patternbank.

Bibhu Mohapatra S/S 2014


Abstracted Form – Painterly Marks – Mapped Structure Overlays – Warped Photographic Florals – Pattern Patchwork – Optical and Sculptured Construction – Fluid Movement

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Marc Jacobs S/S 2014


Optical Black & White Florals – Dramatic Graphic Woodblock – Natural Elements – Large Scale Single Foliage – Graphic Form – Contrasting Colour usage

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Clover Canyon S/S 2014


Translucent Prints – Overlaid Pattern Forms – Pastel Tribal – Print Mesh Effects – Gradient Plays – Modern Bauhaus – Soft Mirrored Pattern

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Anna Sui S/S 2014


Eclectic Pattern Mix – Folk References – Boho Style – Romanian Print References – Floral Thread work – Romantic Visions

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Milly by Michelle Smith S/S 2014


Abstract Brush Work – Painterly Illustrative Style – Photo Collage Bordered – Bold Painted Stripes – Japanese & Hawaiian Influences – Illustrated Parrots and Tropical Birds

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Parsons The New School for Design S/S 2014


Digital Mosaic Prints – Mesh & Halftone Effects – Translucent Overlaid Prints – Multiple Prints – Abstract Check and Plaid formations – Over-scaled Pattern – Bold Statements – Dark on Dark

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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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These quirky, oddball illustrations are the work of Netherlands based art studio Patswerk. Situated in The Hague, Patswerk was founded in 2008 by long time friends Ramon Avelino, Rogier Mulder and Lex van Tol. The studio collective use playful, surreal, complex compositions that mix an array of everyday objects in fresh colourful statements. See more of their unique and fun work at the recently updated website



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Finnish-born illustrator Riikka Sormunen employs her characteristic detailed painting style to create these beautiful, pattern-rich illustrations. Her artwork features a strong textile element which involves heavily layered collage-style images that draw the eye into this intriguing world. Find more of Sormunen’s illustrations on her website.



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These beautifully crafted screen prints are the work of fine art print maker Charlotte Farmer. Charlotte studied Fine Art Printmaking at Cheltenham and Gloucester college, followed a few years later by a masters degree in Communication Design, specialising in illustration at Central St Martins, graduating in 2006. She describes her work as a combination of low tech printing methods, small intense detail, contrasted with mistakes, imperfections & a bit of more gestural mark making. See more of her work at

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These colourful, illustrative patterns are the work of Spanish visual artist Ana Montiel. Through her ongoing project ‘Visual Mantras’, Montiel explores pattern through repetitive drawing, reflection and mirroring. Geometrics and florals are delicately juxtaposed creating complex, intricate kaleidoscopic patterns. Hand drawn aesthetics are accentuated through the use of soft colour pencils and watercolours. A mixture of delicate pastels and rich primary brights, create a gorgeous summer colour palette which is full of energy. As well as textile patterns Ana Montiel also explores illustration, typography and graphics. See more of her work, and the ‘Visual Mantras’ series, at 

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Patternbank brings you it’s second ‘Cruise/Resort print trends’ round-up report for Pre Spring 2013. These shows are a great insight into the upcoming Spring/Summer 2013 catwalk shows. Here we bring you our second concise overview of the most influential print trends emerging from the recent Pre Spring 2013 Resort shows.

Pattern Patchworks

Remixed Pattern – Pieced and Placed Pattern – Chaotic Pattern Plays – Quilted Pattern – Pattern Clash – Geometric and Floral Explorations – Masked Pattern – Contrasting Motifs

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Spring Fresh

Fresh Floral Studies – Subtle Colour Palettes – Faded and Soft Blooms – Watercolour Meadow Florals – Spacial lays and Compositions – Mid Sized scale – Victorian Floral Studies

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Ombre Bleed

Dip-dyed and Colour Bleed effects – Multi-band Ombre Prints – Placed and Engineered  Fade outs – Colour Bleed Stripes – Photographic Fade Out Prints – Shadow Prints

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70s Arthouse

Graphic Impact – Large Scale Proportions – Intense Colour Plays – Unexpected Brights – Art House Wallpaper print references – Graphic Simple Pattern Use – Elegant Motifs – Zoomed in Detail – Two & Three Colour Prints

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Rythmic Pattern

Linear Pattern – Contour and Blended Line Use – Mirrored Structure – Digital Form – Fractured Elements – Regimental repeats and Movement – Linear Traced Motion – Mapped and Plotted Graphic Information

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Jungil Hong was born in Seoul, Korea and now lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island creating paintings, screen prints, collages and sculptures. We like her bold, risky use of colour and the way her work has a strong mythical feel that looks on the one hand traditional with a nod to her asian routes and then on the other hand very modern and geometric. You must also check out her amazing sculptures, all at



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