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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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Patternbank were fortunate enough to visit The World of Anna Sui exhibition, at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, a few weeks back. If you haven’t managed to visit yet, we would urge you to go and loose yourself in this fabulous collection of work. Since her first catwalk show in 1991, Anna Sui has become known for creating fabulous original clothing, inspired by spectacular amounts of research into vintage fashion and popular culture. The exhibition is arranged in Anna Sui’s ‘archetypes’ including the rock star, the schoolgirl, the punk, nomads, and surfers, these motifs feature in all her work. From fairy tales and fables to Victoriana, Sui researches her current cultural obsessions in minute detail to create a different story with each collection.

Sui is especially known for the richness of her printed textiles, combining a complex layering and mixing of patterns, texture and colours. This is a must see for any textile designer starting out, or in fact, those working now in the industry. It reminds us of the richness all around us and that inspiration can be found from many cultures and fashion movements, to evolve in to something new and exciting! Don’t wait too long as the exhibition only runs until October 1st.

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The Patternbank team have been researching the latest print and pattern trends for Interiors Spring/Summer 2019. This market is awash with different looks to choose from right now, but dark midnight blue to black seems to be a hot favourite, with a new twist on the ongoing tropical theme. To add some glamour accessories like flamingoes, cacti and pineapple lamps, with rich golds and copper tones are key to this look. Keep an eye out for more interior trend reports on Patternbank.

Tropical Palms / Dark Palm Forests / Vintage Hawaiian Bark Prints / Green on Green / Dark Navy and Black Colour Palettes / Fern Leaf Prints / Banana Leaves / Tropical Beach Landscapes

Image credits: Palm Tree plate – Plumo, Primark, Fan Palm Pattern by Hum Estúdio, House of Hackney, Wild Tropical by Mini Bettina, Tropical Embroidery by Hum Estúdio, Paul Smith Spring 2018


Classical Flamingo Mural Paintings / Faux Taxidermy / Bold and Bright Palm Leaves / Soft Pinks / Emerald Greens / Flamingo Pink / Illustrative Drawing Styles / Mural Borders

Image credits: Salon Residence, Faux Flamingo Bird, Graphic Jungle by Katya Rozz, Matthew Williamson at Osborne & Little, Burcu-221 by Burcu Korkmazyürek, Dreamy Wall


Slick Leaf Photography / Luxe Tropicals / Gold and Copper Touches / Rich Tones / Shiny Surfaces / Varied Texture / Pattern Cover-Ups / Rich Velvets

Image credits: PrintsProject, muralswallpaper.com, Maboun Unlimited Ideas, Tropic Banana Leaf by Susi Jianyi, Found on Pinterest, Tropical Lucid by Hum Estúdio, Abigail Ahern, Limerence Wallpaper Ink by House of Hackney

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Justyna Wołodkiewicz creates wonderful abstract and beautifully unique embroideries, adding polymer clay to produce 3-Dimensional surfaces, that appear to grow from their traditional wooden hoops. Each piece is unique in colour, texture and shape, evolving in a spontaneous and organic way. The finished pieces look a little bit like living organisms or curious plant life from the deep, you can see more on her Instagram and purchase her works from her Etsy shop.

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We recently went to Première Vision New York at Pier 94 on the 18 – 19 July 2017. It was a great show with all the studios and fabric manufacturers ready for the new Autumn/Winter 2018 /19 season. Whilst we were there, we took the opportunity of visiting the trend forum areas. Many thanks to our eyes and ears in New York and Patternbank Designer Alice Lam of Circlealine.

Below is our quick recap of the key print trends that the Premiere Vision Fashion teams have highlighted for Autumn/Winter 2018/19.

Rough Textures / Marble Paintings / Raw Soft / Shadowy Depth / Metallicized Mineral Surfaces / Tonal Darks / Cloudy Uneven / Tone on Tone

Image credits: Marble Texture Blue Black White Patterns by Oana Soare, Fluorite – Minerva Mine, Hardin Co, Illinois, Found on Pinterest, Elie Saab Resort 2018, Fingal’s Cave Scotland, Underwater Sea Cave Found on Pinterest, Crystal Cave Rock, Oil by Ray Collins, Psyche Marbled Swim by Alice Lam


1920’s Gothic / Inverted Florals / Large Scale Blossoms / Elaborate Placements / Rich Borders / Enigmatic Opulence / Rich Tones / Dyed Shearling

Image credits: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries ABC, Victorian Gothic Found on Pinterest, Dark Garden by Susi JianyiAutumn Plants and Leaves Gradient Background by Oana Soare, Zardozi Embroidery, Lithograph Dark Floral Pattern by Omerta, Fendi Couture Fall 2017


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Patternbank highlight some of the recent Resort 2018 Collections, in particular Valentino, who showed a strong palette of colours, from pink to green, yellow and red, alongside bold ethnic prints and placement embroidery, all mixed with a young, sporty vibe. Watch out for more on the Resort 2018 shows, which are a great insight into the next upcoming trends of the season.

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Patternbank are loving these modernist interior illustrations by Romanian artist Ana Popescu. With the holiday season not too far away these beautifully stylish illustrations focus on texture, interior layouts and muted colour plays. With the David Hockney exhibition happening at the Tate Britain until the 29th May, these artworks are a refreshing new look on holiday home illustrations. See more of her stunning work here popescuana.com

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Patternbank met Carina Sohl at the highly creative experimental zone of Maison D’Exceptions back in February 2017 at Premiere Vision and were in love with the delicate beauty of her craft, mixing nature and eco-friendly technology, Carina transforms her wild gatherings into unique botanical patterns. Carina developed her craft from combining a love of nature with the material leather, discovered on a course back in 2006. The result is beautifully detailed and intricate patterns, each unique in their fragile leaves that are captured only once, to create one-off designs. Carina has collaborated with brands like the luxury fashion house Loewe and Berluti where her designs have been used on dresses and wallets. Follow her journey here on her Instagram account and on her website here.

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Patternbank are excited to introduce our latest print trend tool that focuses on the kids & stationery market for SS18. Our Childrenswear trends team and our giftware experts have been researching and analysing the world of design, art and pattern to create this essential print & graphic trend report. With over 30 pages of inspirational mood, colour, print and graphic trend intelligence, this Spring/Summer trend forecast report aims to assist and inspire with all your new season developments and stationery products.

  • 5 Print trend stories: Electric Jungle / Orbital / Geo Dazzle /Ethnic Spirit / Oriental Creatures

  • Each trend theme is broken down into mood, print direction, graphic direction & colour

  • Over 30 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence

  • Over 50 directional hand-picked images

  • Colour palette breakdowns with Pantone TCX references

This report covers a broad spectrum of the season’s hottest pattern & graphic trends, and with 5 main trends, complete with Pantone® TCX references we are confident this wealth of choice and inspiration will provide a foundation in your creative developments for SS18.

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Dries Van Noten’s Fall 2017 Collection at Paris Fashion Week was a dazzling retrospective of some of his favourite prints from Chintz to Japanese Kimonos and mezmerizing geometrics, all re-worked into a collection of fabulous dresses. This was Dries 100th show and featured models that walked the catwalk for him back in 1993, a strong and lasting image of powerful women in powerful prints.

See the full Dries collection on Vogue.com

Milan’s Fashion Week, RTW Fall 17 show was a riot of colour, texture and pattern when Dolce & Gabbana’s latest collection hit the runway. The collection was all about real people, with 140 individuals from all ethnicities, walks of life and ages, kitted out in individually tailored looks, with Dolce & Gabbana’s signature overload of florals, animals and opulence.

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