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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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Today Patternbank are featuring the work of print designer Dunya Atay in our ongoing series highlighting our fantastic designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. Dunya has been a designer here at Patternbank from the start, her designs range from hand drawn florals and foliage to textures and photo based patterns and she has designed for companies such as ASOS, River Island and Jack & Jones.  Check out more of Dunya’s work here on her Patternbank Studio profile page.

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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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The Patternbank team returned to Bovey Tracey in Devon for The Contemporary Craft Festival 5-7 June 2015. This year the festival picked up 2 Gold Best Event awards in Devon and Silver for South West Tourism Event of the Year. The Contemporary Craft Festival is one of the UK’s largest craft events with over 200 diverse and talented makers of ceramics, textiles, mixed media, jewellery, glass and furniture. Here are some of our favourites from the day.

Katrin Moye


Working with ceramics and paper Katrin Moye focuses on surface decoration, with patterns referencing personal memories, literature, family history and folk art. In particular her childhood memories of Germany in 1970’s with references to her German family roots and Scandinavian style influences from her Danish godmother.

Bryony Rose


Bryony Rose creates whimsical animals sculpted from beautiful vintage fabrics adding details in lace and decorative buttons. We particularly love her playful mice balanced on old cotton reels, so pretty.

Ella Robinson


Unique, vibrant and decorative would best describe Ella Robinson’s one of pieces of driftwood and washed-up artefacts collected from the south coast of England. Driftwood is made interesting with stitched patterns, cacti imagery and wrapped in brilliant striped threads.

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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.




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.


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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These amazing ink textured images are popping up on numerous art blogs so we thought we’d share. The beautifully hypnotic forms are the creations of Texas based artist Mark Lovejoy. Here Lovejoy manipulates resins, oils, waxes and printing inks in both deliberate and random formations to create these psychedelic statements. Once Lovejoy is happy with the pattern forms created in the inks he photographs them close up to get full impact and capture these random textures forever. Check out his Tumblr site and printed scarf collections on Esty.



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Patternbank are loving these awesome and mesmerising laser cut paper forms by Virginia-based artist Eric StandleyThe technique he follows for the “building” of his works does not differ from that of the ancient craftsman other than he uses lasers in the place of the chisel and hammer. Eric’s work consists of successive layers of intricately cut paper sheets utilizing a laser, thus creating a multifaceted, rich, colourful ensemble. See more of Eric’s amazing built up paper structures on his portfolio site



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The Patternbank team are loving these vibrant crafted mandalas by South Carolina based artist Jay Mohler. Ojos de Dios also know as God’s Eyes which originates from Mexico and inspired by Huichol natives to protect people from evil. These colourful yarn mandalas make a impressive crafted statements and Mohler has mastered this art form. See more of his ojos and learn how to create them on his website here.



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The Patternbank team recently spotted these analogue inspired artworks from artist WorkByKnight. Patternbank featured some of WorkByKnight’s stunning work a couple of years back and we were excited to see his new creations that delve back into the 80’s. Australian based artist WBK has collected and assembled found keyboard buttons from calculators, computers, phones and typewriters to create some iconic old school 80’s electronics. Find more of his amazing work on his site here.



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The Patternbank team were at the recent Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey, Devon where a fantastic array of designer/makers in mediums from ceramics, furniture, glass, metal, mixed media, jewellery and textiles, show and sell their work to the public. The Contemporary Craft Festival was founded in 2003 as a non-profit making company. One of the most prestigious and highly acclaimed craft events in the UK, visitor attendance has grown from 4,000 to 8,000 in the last decade, not surprising when you see the quality of work on show. The festival also provides a fantastic day out with creative workshops and a much loved children’s craft tent not forgetting Punch and Judy. Here we give you a taster of the show and some of our favourites with a distinct pattern feel.


Cleo Mussi

Cleo Mussi is an established Mosaic Artist with a background in Textiles where she trained at Goldsmiths in the late 80’s. Mussi has a particular interest in recycled fabrics, knowledge of pattern, print, weave and stitch which translates easily into reclaimed ceramic. Particularly known for her humorous twists and great attention to detail her work stands out from the crowd.


Zoe Hillyard

Zoe Hillyard works with textiles to create these seemingly exquisite ceramic vessels. Discarded and broken ceramics are disguised to perfection with an array of beautiful vintage textile pieces, each segment carefully stitched together, seeing is believing.

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These stunning digitalised explorations are the work of American artist Heath West. West is a design architect currently living in Houston, Texas. West’s work focuses on the structure and transformation of space, exploring how our environments may be composed as a series of points(centres) and lines(trajectories) that fold reflectively into the practice of everyday life. West is more well known for his intricate geometric-pattern gradients but his newer floral based digital artworks caught our eye recently – enjoy!



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The Patternbank were in awe at the jaw dropping work of internationally renowned graphic designer and creative director Johnathan Zawada. Sydney based Zawada is a heavyweight within the industry and has collaborated with a list of impressive clients.(Ksubi, Surface to Air, Coca Cola, Semi Permanent and BMW to name a few) We love his diversity of style and visual aesthetic which makes his work stand out. Mixing photographic elements with abstract objects gives depth and real visual excitement to his work. Enjoy more of Zawada’s amazing artworks and collaborations on his portfolio site.



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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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Patternbank were drawn to these amazing abstracted architectural drawings from Lekan Jeyifous’ ‘Settlement and City Strategies’ series. Though outputted digitally, the drawings possess a textured and painterly quality as a result of combining hand-drawn sketches, industrial textures, surfaces of deteriorated paper, and digital architectural models. See more of Lekan’s work on his portfolio site



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Graphic Designer Evelin Kasikov takes her work into the tactile realm of textile design by employing the craft of embroidery in creating her typographical illustrations. Patternbank discovered the Estonian designer at ‘Pick Me Up 2013’ with her embroidery workshop and supersize cross-stitch ‘Pick Me Up’ logo. Evelin has been employed on commissions such as giant wall designs for McGarryBowan’s London offices and illustrations for The Guardian, WIRED and The New York Times. Visit her website to see more.



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German born illustrator Peggy Wolf has a unique style which is always recognizable. After studying  Fashion Design, Peggy began a career in interior design, with both influencing her illustration technique. Her well known fashion inspired designs sell on Etsy and Culturelabel, but Wolf has more recently collaborated with with knitwear designer Iben Høj creating a series of illustrations for her A/W 2013 lookbook. Check out her website for a sneaky peek.



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