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Mexican textile artist Victoria Villasana, creates colourful embroidered patterns, over vintage photographs of artists, musicians and icons of present and past. Highlighting garment details and facial features, Villasana brings the images to life, with a modern twist and somewhat surreal quality. For more of her colourful transformations, check out her Instagram feed and victoriavillasana.com.

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Mixing pop culture icons with stylised artworks, designer BFGF caught our eye recently. These fresh homewares are the work of Lilian Martinez who calls her creative endeavor BFGF an “Art Brand”. Patternbank were drawn to the compelling randomness of the content. Simpson’s characters, sports brand logos, historic female sculptures, and basketballs all feature within her work. Mixing history, pop culture elements, and tropical plant life to create amazing art pieces. Based in California BFGF sells through her website and Society6.

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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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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 joshblackwell.com

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Patternbank thought we’d share artist Danielle Clough’s fabulous embroidered vintage tennis and badminton rackets which have been doing the rounds on all the very best blogs this month. Vibrant and quirky with thick brightly textured yarns weaving their way across tough strings, Danielle’s flowers look completely at home. Not surprisingly all Danielle’s rackets have sold out after being featured on Colossal, Creative Boom, plus many other great sites so guess what she’s serving up some more and starting an online store.

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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 artnet.com

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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

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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

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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.

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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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Aiko Tezuka is fixated on fabrics and their ancient history, with an inquisitive mind she visits fabric museums to learn how textile artists of the past produced such intricate detail in their work without modern facilities like electricity. Certain techniques of Japanese fabrics from the 8th century have now been lost but Tezuka feels these great masters can speak to her as she treads their ancient past. History becomes unravelled exposing the structures beneath and Tezuka recomposes the fibres to make something new and a whole lot more revealing.

 

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Patternbank are in love with these stunning carpets by designer Jan Kath. As one of the most in-demand designers of hand knotted carpets Kath purposely breaks with conventional styles and throws strict design rules overboard. The carpets featured here are from two collections, Erased Heritage where designs pay homage to the traditional oriental carpets finding inspiration from old patterns and techniques and Sari Deluxe, a collection of vivid and rich carpets following the intensity of colour and design in traditional Indian clothing. Check out the rest of his collections at jan-kath.de for more mind-blowing interpretations of traditional textiles to contemporary art.

 

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Patternbank shared a variety of Kustaa Saksi’s work here back in May 2013 and thought these beautiful Jacquard Textiles on show in Madrid and at the project website alfaechozulo.com were too good to miss. Saski presents surreal and unique artworks manufactured with jacquard weaving technique made of mohair and alpaca wool, cotton and synthetic materials, such as phosphate and metallic acrylic thread. The collection is titled Hypnopompic and features sea creatures, spiders, moneys, snakes and insects amongst a web of complicated patterns and textures. Saksi lives and works in Amsterdam, see more of his talents on his website kustaasaksi.com

 

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