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Patternbank were intrigued by Rodrigo Torres new direction into ceramics. Torres has previously worked with cut-paper collage, using currency to create intricate and fantastical scenes, also featured on the Patternbank Blog here. This new medium sees him experiment with vessel-like sculptures in stark contrast to the familiar, pristine, decorative vases found throughout China. Instead we see what appears to be vases still in their packaging, with broken pieces of fragile tape, where clay forms are painted to resemble cardboard textures, looking amazingly realistic. Read more about his work via Yatzer.com

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Diane Itter was an American fibre artist working in the early 1970’s creating small-scale works from fine, vividly coloured threads. Inspired by historical textiles from Peru, Japan and Africa, her work took on a very different approach to other fibre artists of the time, who were producing large scale hangings and woven sculptures using natural, undyed fibres and unevenly tied knots. Studying at the University of Pittsburg, she was encouraged by the artist William Itter (her future husband) to experiment with hand-tied knots rather than loom-woven fabrics. A game changer of her time, Itter led to the next wave of experimental fibre artists such as Lia Cook and Helena Hernmarck. Sadly she died in 1989 at just age 43 but her beautiful work can still be seen in museum collections around the world.

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The personal Art Collection of the late David Bowie has caused quite a stir this week, which is not surprising when you see it contains some 400 items of which over 200 are from some of the most important British artists of the 20th century, including Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Frank Auerbach and Damien Hirst. Bowie was an avid and passionate collector of 20th-century British Art, with a deep understanding of the artworks he owned.

“Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own. It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it. It can change the way I feel in the mornings. The same work can change me in different ways, depending on what I’m going through.” – DAVID BOWIE quoted in The New York Times, 1998.

The Bowie/Collector collection is currently on display at Sotheby’s New Bond Street Galleries, London and online so if you can spare some time go check it out before it goes under the hammer. The artworks will be auctioned by Sothebys.com on the 10 – 11th November Here are some of Patternbank’s favourites including the wonderful ‘Fanaglo Store’ by Norman Catherine and the magnificent ‘Air Power’ by Jean-Michel Basquiat, which is expected to fetch up to £3.5 million.

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Brighton based sculptor Frances Doherty had originally expressed her creativity in a more culinary manner as the owner of a restaurant, but after experimenting with ceramics at an evening class, Frances was inspired to study in Ceramics, Plastics and Photography. The artist graduated in 2001 and set up her workshop in Hove, renting out space to other artists and designers. With an interest in nature the artist says, “My inspiration comes from flowers and plants that we see all around us, in gardens, fields even cracks in the pavement. I particularly love the secret worlds inside these flowers, in the patterns and textures hidden away that give a continuing sense of promise and renewal. I like to play with scale and will often imagine the size that a plant must appear to an insect…what is it about the flower that attracts or repels?  Often I will scale my sculpture up so that we can have an ‘insects eye view’ of it.” See more of Frances’s ceramic sculptures on her website.

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With Chelsea flower show in full swing this week, we thought a little floral inspiration with a twist was needed in the shape of Tokyo based artist Taiichiro Yoshida. The artist is renowned for his intricate floral wildlife sculptures rendered in hundreds of hammered metal blooms. Decorative metalworking in Japan has a long history that began sometime in the fourth to fifth centuries. These skills have been passed down through the generations and Taiichiro continues the tradition in these flower encrusted animals and birds. See more from Taiichiro on his website and for an in depth insight into the processes involved visit  Highfructose here.

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Patternbank had the pleasure of discovering and talking to collector and artist Michaela McMillan, at the recent Top Drawer show at London’s Olympia. The artist comments on her work, “I create individual handmade sculptures depicting stories about characters in glass domes. My figures add a contemporary twist to vintage Matryoshkas, with each sculpture having its own personality and history”. Patternbank love her use of items and images collected and squirrelled away, which find their new home in these eclectic and unique pieces of art. Visit her website to see more. 

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Indulge your senses and immerse yourself in Sayuri Sasaki Hemann’s magical underworld. This etherial collection of stitched and embroidered sea creatures capture the delicate detail of the real thing. Sayer says, “I am most inspired by the way light reflects on each medium, threads and fibers, everchanging underwater sea creatures, and vivid colors of life.” These animals are made out of felt and coloured organza and are suspended from the ceiling to create an installation of teaming marine life. Urban Aquarium is currently on show at Contemporary Art Center of Peoria until Aug 21st. If can’t make it see more from Sayuri here.

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Patternbank returned again this year to sample the latest injection of Uk based Printmakers and Graphic artists, and a growing selection of global talent, exhibiting at last weeks Pick Me Up . This years festival was held at Somerset House, London and ran for 11 days between 24th April and 4th May. Pick Me Up has become the UK’s best contemporary graphic art fair and now in it’s sixth year the show has become a great place to spot new and upcoming talent. Seminars with guest speakers and printmaking workshops make this an unmissable event with original artworks and prints available to purchase. If you missed out this year we’ve put together a selection of exhibitors for you to peruse at your convenience.

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French graphic designer Laura Jouan is now based in London since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2014. For Pick Me Up, Laura was exhibiting her project Layering Layers, Layering Content, which investigates poster formats. See more work from the artist here.

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Moth are a London based animation collective comprising of David Prosser, Daniel Chester and Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2010, the designers began to collaborate on projects and explored a shared love for all things drawn. Moth have produced work for clients such as WWF and  Global Canopy Programme. See more of their captivating animation here.

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The Patternbank Team are a big fan of Frédérique Morrel’s wonderful original tapestry pieces where vintage is given a contemporary twist. Internationally renowned embroidered taxidermy sculptor Frédérique Morrel creates one off pieces from discarded embroidery and needlework. When visiting markets and garage sales Morrel was saddened by the neglected scraps of such beautiful craftsmanship and so seeked to give them a new lease of life. The result is a collection of much sort after work exhibited all over the world and held in many international collections. Check out more of her wondrous world at frederiquemorrel.com

 

 

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Patternbank love the colour popping cut-outs of artist Maud Vantours. Vantours trained in design at the parisian school Duperré, specialising in textiles and material research. Using simple materials like paper and card Vantours sculpts in layer after layer using colour combinations that enhance her work and create wonderful patterns and graphics. Vandours has worked on some fabulous projects including Adidas’s ZX Flux trainer and Arjowiggins creative papers. Check out her website for more works of art.

 

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These amazingly realistic birds are actually paper sculptures created by attaching small pieces of paper to a base structure, feathers are created while the paper is the bird by cutting and curling. Diana has been working extensively with artists, organizations and private clients such as 215mmcann, Olivari Olive Oil, Volevatch, Longwood Gardens US, ENI, Marina Rinaldi, Lebeau-Courally and many others. Originally from Colombia, she is now studying an MA in Fine Art at the UWE in Bristol, England. For more intricate masterpieces check her website.

 

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The patternbank Team thought we would share the installation work of Cameron Gray which exhibited back in 2013 at the Miami Art Fair, presented by the Mike Wiess Gallery, Gray exhibited “Birth of a Legend”, an explosive riot of neon colour, state-of-the-art digital technology and hypnotic kitsch. The installation featured 27 stacked monitors looping a digital animation amongst other sculptures made of unrelated bric-a-brac and bursting with colour. Make of it what you will but we just love the sense of humour and chaos that collide to make these mind blowing images.

 

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Britain’s most prestigious flower show opened its gates this week to exhibit the best this country has to offer in horticulture and garden design alongside an ever-growing and diverse international contribution. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been held every year since 1913 with the only exception being the years during the two world wars. No wonder people make the pilgrimage from across the globe to see what planting trends the show has to offer. This year Patternbank were there gathering inspirational highlights from the exotic wonders of tropical planting to the delicacy and magic of woodland blooms. Visiting the mystical traditions of the Japanese garden and the sun drenched cacti and desert species of African prairies. Feast your eyes on the best of Chelsea Flower Show 2014 and keep a look out for our essential floral design package coming soon.

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American ceramic artist Nathan Craven constructs these beautiful installations using ceramics and his own version of bricks, defining space in ways that determine our interactions with architecture and volume. Craven constructs walls and floors that draw your attention to spaces that would otherwise go unnoticed and interaction is essential. Like cosmic puzzles these patterns fit together and transform the spaces they incorporate. Check out more of his captivating artwork and the process involved at nathancraven.com

 

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Patternbank love New York based artist Phil Frost’s work where he combines found objects and multi-layered combinations of colourful graphic symbols and intricate typography. Among all the layers of pattern, mask-like forms appear like totem pole decoration and shapes dance with sprays of neon colour. Frost grew up in Western Massachusetts and enjoyed summer visits to Northwestern Ohio where, with an older cousin they would go on expeditions hunting for antique glass bottles. These unearthed treasures would later influence him in his own work of collected and found objects. Frost’s exhibition, The “Solace of the Sword”, recently showed at Ace Gallery, LA.

 

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The Patternbank team are loving these colourful, abstract forms by New York based artist Erin O’Keefe. Using photographs as her final art pieces, O’Keefe explores unpredictable discrepancy between objects and the two dimensional images. We’re in love with the splice and collage pattern plays that happen within her artworks. Check out Erin’s latest collection ‘The Flatness’ on her Tumblr portfolio site.

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Kjell Varvin constructs installations from a variety of objects in the corner of his studio which you can see on his blog here. The simplicity of shapes and colours are transformed when he superimposes photos of the sculptures to create the Digital Prints shown here. Varvin likes to think we should view with an open mind and let our eyes wander through the elements without generating associations or ideas to those objects. “I am mostly using neutral elements based on geometry, resulting in images that do not contain much symbolism. Of course, a disc may give ideas of the sun or the moon, and a rectangle could refer to architecture, but that depends on where they are placed in the composition.” Varvin is based in Hoevik, Norway you can see more of his prints at digitprints.blogspot.de

 

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