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Patternbank love the intricate work of artist and collector Kate Kato, we got in touch to discover more about her work process and what inspires her to create these beautiful paper and fabric sculptures. Kate lives in the Welsh boarders just outside the small town of Ross on Wye, where her natural environment inspires her daily.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you work?

Using recycled paper, fabric and wire I try to capture the delicate detail and beauty of nature. Influenced by plants, insects and found objects, I create intricate, life-sized sculptures and arrange them into collections and dioramas. I have always been fascinated by the natural world and for me my work is very nostalgic, taking me back to my childhood and the curiosity that fuelled my creativity. My work aims to encourage curiosity and promote an awareness of the environment. I want to bring the small, hidden and overlooked details into the public eye and encourage people to consider their importance.

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Patternbank discovered the beautifully delicate and intricately stitched and cut work of Hillary Waters. We put a few questions to the artist to find out more about her and what inspires her work.
Can you give us a brief introduction about yourself?
I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY USA and I now live in Richmond VA, where I spend time making my own work, in addition to working as an artist assistant, and teaching part-time at Virginia Commonwealth University. I’m a fairly quiet person, and I dislike being the center of attention. It’s really important to me to be the best person I can be for the people and the world around me. I feel the best when I’m being really productive and I’m getting lots done and I’m able to be mentally present and engaged. I love to make lists, run, cook, spend time with people I love, and I love to read -although I don’t read as much as I’d like to. I also love to be outside, especially in the summer- the heat in Virginia is one of my favorite things about living here.

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Patternbank recently discovered the work of Martyn Thompson, a photographer who began his career in Fashion, designing clothes. We asked him a few questions to discover more about his work process and what inspires him as a designer.

A brief introduction

I am a photographer and designer and run my design practice, Martyn Thompson Studio, in Soho NYC. My career began hand painting fabrics and designing clothes. Many of my friends also designed and I started to photograph eveyones work which led to me becoming a fashion photographer. Beginning in Sydney, I moved to Paris and later London, where my work broadened into a lifestyle context, working with interiors, travel and food. I love to experiment and over the last decade I founded Martyn Thompson Studio, a design practice where we use my photos as the base to create textiles and wallpaper, homewares and limited edition art.


Tell us about your work & process – any upcoming exhibitions?

Through playing with different ways of reproducing my photographs I discovered the digitalized jacquard loom and the possibitliy to making a photo into a tapestry. This led to creating large scale patterns and weaving them into yardage – now used in both a home and fashion context. When making new patterns we always begin with a photo, or a series of photos – experimenting with these images, printing them in different ways, flipping, reversing and reorienting them, joining different bits together – until eventually a collection emerges. We’ve done a number of installations of this work in the last few years – at the London Design Festival and at the Future Perfect in NYC … and later this year we are exhibiting in Australia.

What creatively inspires you?

In my photos I work mainly with daylight … Light is great source of inspriation to me. It informs the color and creates shape and patterns that are always changing. I am attracted to natural forms … curvaceous shapes… especially flowers. Thank you Martyn we look forward to seeing more of your work in the future. To see more of Martyn’s collection go to Martyn Thompson Studio and Instagram @martynthompsonstudio. Mural in last image by Dove Drury Hornbuckle

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Patternbank brings you a concise overview of the most important print & pattern collections, from Fall 2018 RTW Paris Fashion Week. Look out for our A/W18/19 Catwalk Print and Pattern Trend Report coming soon,  an overview of all the recent shows containing the strongest print and pattern trends.


Dries Van Noten

Images via Vogue

Stylised Florals – Detailed Biro Drawings – Art Brut Inspired – Psychedelic Swirly Pattern – Limited Colour – Frenzied Drawing Style – Pen Texture

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Our team travelled to Paris again this year to absorb and experience Première Vision’s Spring/Summer 2019 show. Along with thousands of fashion professionals, designers and students flocking to Parc d’ Expositions, the team joined the throng to gather and record Première Vision’s print and pattern trend forecasts. Once again the smaller trend forum areas were inspiring spaces with plenty of directional print stories for Spring/Summer  2019. We have analysed 10 of the most important print trends coming through for next season.

  • 10 Première Vision print trends for S/S 19

  • 35 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence

  • Over 120 on trend hand-picked images

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Welcome to Patternbank’s fifth Vision instalment for Spring/Summer 2019

We aim to innovate and inspire you and your team so you are ahead of the curve for new developments. We’re delivering a collection of inspiring and directional trend reports throughout the season. Each Vision trend alert contains 3 key seasonal print trends. Each trend theme includes an over-arching directional mood page, 2 print direction pages, and 2 colour usage pages.

Vision 5: SS19 Print Trend Themes
Future 70’s / Scenic Statements / Tropical Infusion


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Patternbank are loving the work of Husmann/Tschaeni (Michael Husmann Tschaeni & Mira Tschaeni)- an artist couple that are based in Switzerland and both studied at the College of Art in Lucerne. They have exhibited between New Delhi, Los Angeles and Melbourne. They work backward, painting in layers on the reverse of acrylic glass, using different materials, such as enamel, oil colour, watercolour, crayon, glitter, and spray. It is like if two completely different, somewhat incompatible picture languages collided when they started working together. But somehow they manage to create pictures, stories, and installations together, without having to change their own individual styles. Enjoy more of their work here & on their Instagram.

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Welcome to Patternbank’s fourth Vision instalment for Spring/Summer 2019.

Through the season we aim to innovate and inspire you and your team so you are ahead of the curve for new developments. We’ll be delivering a collection of inspiring and directional trend reports throughout the season. Each Vision trend alert contains 3 key seasonal print trends. Each trend theme includes an over-arching directional mood page, 2 print direction pages, and 2 colour usage pages.

Vision 4: SS19 Print Trend Themes
Desert Storm / Latino Folk / Luxe Kingdom


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The Patternbank team are once again loving Lisa Krannichfeld’s mixed media artworks that incorporate watercolour and intense pattern plays. We featured Lisa back in 2015 but spotted some of her powerful new work recently.
Lisa was born and raised in Little Rock, AR in an interesting cultural mix of a Chinese family living in the American South. Her experiences growing up in these two intermixing cultures and their traditions have greatly influenced her work, which primarily focuses on the woman as its subject. Her expressive portraits refute the traditional portrayal of women being passive subjects to gaze upon, evident in their disinterested, and at times defiant expressions. Breaking traditions further, Lisa often uses traditional Chinese ink and watercolour materials in a nontraditional uncontrolled, free-flowing way often mixed with unconventional materials. See more of her stunning work on her website lisakrannichfeld.com or check out her work at The Other Art Fair in Los Angeles March 15-18.

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Astrocyte took place at the Design Exchange’s EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation, and Technology from September 28 to October 8, 2017. The 10 day festival presented to thousands of visitors the ground-breaking innovations that take the UNDP’s Sustainable Development Goals to heart, sparking conversations about the future of design. Astrocyte is part of the larger scope of work of the Living Architecture Systems: a research cluster that combines art, architecture, engineering, and science into experiential test-beds, hoping to address questions about the future of built environments – Can architecture integrate living functions? Could future buildings think, and care? And how can we design living architecture that enhances the ways in which we interact with the environment and with each other? To find out more about Astrocyte and its creator, artist and architect Philip Beesley visit Philip Beesley Architect Inc.

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To get you in the mood for some festive dressing, Patternbank would like to share some of the key Christmas Trends we spotted in stores and online this season. We’ve put together some of our favourite Christmas ideas for you to get decorating and feel that Christmas vibe. Happy Christmas!

Scandinavian by Tatyana Komarova available on the Patternbank Studio, Winter Palace Bauble – John Lewis, Raz Christmas Tree, Dreamcatcher Earrings – Anthropologie, Fendi SS17, Winter Palace Baboushka Family – John Lewis, Blue And White Pattern Bauble – Graham & Green


Elle Decor, Carolein Smit, Prestigious Plumes Ornament – Anthropologie, Nutcracker-Pier 1, Sugar Flowers by @cakeatelieramsterdam, Betty The Bunny – Graham & Green, Bird Paradise Hand Drawn Repeat Pattern by Ania Dergachev available on the Patternbank Studio.


Piñata Christmas Tree Decoration – The Conran Shop, Glinted Houseplant Ornament – Anthropologie, Mexican themed Christmas tree, DIY Christmas tree cactus – Sugar + Cloth, El Dorado by 215funk Design by Luigi Riccardi, Cactus kraft Christmas roll – Paperchase, Cactus Hanging Decorations – Graham & Green, Southern Hemisphere Ethno by Josephine Walz available on the Patternbank Studio


Mushroom Peg Tree Decoration – John Lewis, Woodland Watercolour by Matthew Ponting available on the Patternbank Studio, Corded Jute Ball – The Conran Shop, A festive fairy garden – John Lewis, Hares on the Mountains – Georgina Warne, H&M Christmas window 2017 – Shona Heath, Mushrooms Forest by Camila Coelho available on the Patternbank Studio


Oswald Metallic Glitter Owl – Graham & Green, Wire Doll Form W-German Doll Head, Antique Flowers by Marlou Severijns available on the Patternbank Studio, Tree Decorations – House of Hackney, auntpeaches.com, Embroidered Jacket – Gucci


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Wow, these beautifully chaotic artworks caught our eye recently. Jim Gaylord another Brooklyn based artist who uses gouache on cutout paper to create these stunning visual statements. We love the technique Gaylord uses within his work. Here rearranging abstract cut out shapes into distorted vibrant compositions. Check out more of his artworks here.

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Working with predominantly raw clay, Phoebe Cummings creates temporary sculptures and installations, made on site and only lasting the duration of the exhibition. Responding to the natural world around her, her work interprets art and design sources, including porcelain sculpture, botanical illustration, prints and architectural ornament. Patternbank love the natural poetic and delicate fragility of her work, that is only with us for it’s allotted time. Phoebe Cummings has also just been awarded BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, in partnership with the V&A and the Crafts Council, this prize aims to find and celebrate the most innovative and exciting craft practitioner or designer-maker resident in the UK today. To see more of her beautiful work check out her Instagram.

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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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Soft Neutrals / Pastel Shades / Pale on Pale / Natural Colour / Muted Texture / Faded Softness / Delicate

Image credits: Colourblock Watercolour Leaves by Melissa Rodgers, Saul Leiter, Marina Hoermanseder, Textured Landscpae by Sophie Wade, Free People, Graphic Floral with Coloured Cubes by Renata Seixas Correa, The Timber and Stone Retreat, Myself Magazine July 2017 Taylor Bagley and Laura Mayerhofer by Daniella Midenge

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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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Peach Bursts / Pink & Orange Clash / Blue Tones / Floral & Ethnic Mix / Colour Blends / Greyed Colour

Image credits: Floral Mustard by Sabs, John Clayton Lee, Banded Check Paisley by Hunt + Gather Studio, Britta Walsworth, Found on Pinterest, Photography – Luisa Brimble Production & Styling – Nicole Valentine Don, Marigolds – Nathan Michael, Liner Floral by BruceQuin Textile Design Studio

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