Patternbank are loving Jess Phoenix’s crafted illustrations. We recently got in touch with her to find out more info about her creative process and how she became an illustrator.

I was born in Massachusetts and attended the Rhode Island School of Design for Illustration. In 2007, I moved to Seattle, WA and began working as an illustrator/designer for a gift & publishing company, which in many ways has been my dream job. However, a few years ago, I began to realize that I had put all of my creative effort and satisfaction into that job, and I was not creating anything for myself. I began working nights and weekends to try and make something for me. I didn’t know what it would look like, but I just knew I wanted to use a lot of color. I had a lot of false starts and stops, but I ultimately feel fortunate that I only toiled for about a year before I “discovered” my floral work. 

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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 our in-depth catwalk report highlighting the key Autumn/Winter 2018/19 Print and Pattern trends from the latest New York, London, Paris and Milan Catwalk and Runway shows. The team has gathered information from the designer’s collections and compiled a selection of the most prominent print looks trending for AW1819 together with an insight into the key colours for the season. This is the  essential Print Catwalk analysis trend report for every brand, designer and studio.

  • 10 print trend stories for Autumn/Winter 2018/19
  • Over 68 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence
  • Over 400 on trend hand-picked images
  • Covers New York, London, Paris & Milan AW1819 shows
  • The top 24 print focused shows highlighted
  • 6 colour trends for AW1819
  • Fantastic value – £60/$85/€70

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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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Patternbank brings you a concise overview of the most important print & pattern collections, from Fall 2018 RTW Milan Fashion Week shows.


Gucci

Images via Vogue

Floral Arrangements – Botanical blooms – Tiled Geometric Patterns – Braided Trims – Scarf Print Layouts –  Placement Botanicals

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Patternbank brings you a concise overview of the most important print & pattern collections, from Fall 2018 RTW London Fashion Week shows.


Peter Pilotto

Images via Vogue

Seventies Bohemia – Opulent Pattern  – Dégradé Floral Plays – Moroccan & Persian References –  Diverse Pattern Mixes – 70s Vibes

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The Patternbank Team bring you the key Print Trends from the Fall 2018 Menswear Catwalk shows, alongside our curated print designs from The Patternbank Online Textile Studio. Check out our Fall 2018 collection of prints at The Patternbank Studio.

FLORAL TRIBUTE » Alexander McQueen / Seamless Flowers Pattern by Eduardo Doreni / Andrea Pompilio / Tapestry Style by Alice Witheridge / Thick Chinese Painting by Riverside Bonfire Studio / Paul & Joe / Death to Tennis

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com

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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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Patternbank brings you a concise overview of the most important print & pattern collections, from Fall 2018 RTW New York shows.


Oscar De La Renta

Images via Vogue

Botanical Sketches – Dark & Pale Grounds – Floral Studies – Garden Drawings – Embellished Detail –  Leaf Motifs

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Tory Burch’s Fall18 NY collection was a powerful floral mix, that was staged upon an field of pink carnations. Patchwork prints and stylized painterly florals gave a elegant vibe to this Fall2018 Ready to Wear collection.

Images: ©Vogue.com

The Patternbank team are loving the latest Spring 2018 ad campaign from Zara. A rich print mix of diverse patterns that take inspiration from the four corners of the globe. The campaign is partnered with a stylish shoot directed by Fabien Baron. The short video focuses on a true sense of diversity through model selection and seasonal styling. Check out the full collection & campaign at Zara.com

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The Patternbank team bring you part 2 of our key Print & Pattern Trends from the Pre Fall 2018 Catwalk shows, alongside our curated collections of trend driven print designs from The Patternbank Online Textile Studio.

LEAF LINE

VICTORIA BY VICTORIA BECKHAM / Simple Form Florals – Abstract – Line – Leaves by Sonja Sporrer Hornfeck / GIVENCHY / CHRISTIAN SIRIANO / RODEBJER / GIAMBATTISTA VALLI / Leafage – Foliage Vector Repeat Pattern by Barbie McGuire / ROCHAS

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com

SCENIC LANDSCAPE

Pure Zen – Yoshi Landscape View by Fran Elliott / VILSHENKO /Chinese Landscape Painting by Tim Lee / ANTONIO MARRAS / ERDEM / Dark Pastel Landscape Mountains Cloud Sky by Oana Soare / KAREN WALKER / GIAMBA

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com

POWER PLAIDS

JOSEPH / Check 1 by Amora Print Studio / FENDI / MSGM / TOMAS MAIER / PIAZZA SEMPIONE / Purple Check by KS Designs / SACAI

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com

PYSCHEDELIC 60’s

PAIS29 Olivia Paisley by Alice Lam / EMILIO PUCCI / Yns-111 by Ynsalkn design studio / DUNDAS / GUCCI / PD Little Flower by Charlotte Prinsen / TIBI / MISSONI

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com

CLASSIC DITSY

Hello Spring by Rositsa Karagiozova / ZAC POSEN / CO / ERDEM / ALTUZARRA / Oblivion by Kamil Kmie / CYNTHIA ROWLEY / Vk249 by Victoria Krupp

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com

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The Patternbank Team have been analysing the latest Pre-Fall 2018 collections and have put together the strongest print trends alongside designs from the Patternbank Online Textile Design Studio that perfectly complement each story. The Pre-Fall 2018 collections give us a sneak preview of what we can expect from the Autumn/Winter 2018 Catwalk shows. Here’s are our top picks of the strongest print stories, look out for Part 2 to follow, with more curated pattern collections.

BOTANICAL BURST

SACHIN AND BABI / Yns-105-Neon Night by Ynsalkn design studio / GUCCI / Just Flowers by Sofia Perina-Miller / CYNTHIA ROWLEY / LELA ROSE / Drawn Flowers Botanical by Marlou Severijns / NICOLE MILLER

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com


GEOMETRIC PATTERN

Peach Sunset by Sunpattern / ISSEY MIYAKE / GUCCI / FENDI / ALTUZARRA / PIAZZA SEMPIONE / M MISSONI / Folkloric Pattern by Anastasia Buchinskaya

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com


PAISLEY PARK

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI / Persian Ornament by Nataliia Timkova / DIANE VON FURSTENBERG / Indian Paisley-2 by Vikram Chelumalla / Carousel by Rositsa Karagiozova / ETRO / Decorative Pattern by Tatyana Anisimova / LEONARD PARIS

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com


ANIMAL LOVE

EMILIA WICKSTEAD / Snake Skin by KSDesigns / STELLA McCARTNEY / PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI / Africa Wild Animal Skin Collage by Ahmet Senel / ADAM LIPPES / J MENDEL / LEONARD PARIS

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com


TEXTILE KILIM

vk29 by Victoria Krupp / ETRO / SEA / TADASHI SHOJI / TADASHI SHOJI / Modern Patchwork by Sarah Radcliff / SACAI / Vk116 by Victoria Krupp

Designs available to buy on The Patternbank Studio, Catwalk images via Vogue.com

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Exciting news, Uniqlo are launching a collaboration Spring/Summer collection with Finnish print specialists Marimekko. The collection will be available online and in-store from March 29th. This limited-edition range will feature clothing & accessories that include t-shirts, wide cropped pants, dresses, sneakers, and bags. “The special edition Marimekko and Uniqlo brand collaboration collection allow us to share the joy of bold self-expression in print and colour with consumers around the world. We are very excited about this collaboration and can’t wait to see how people will wear the pieces in the collection to reflect their own style and personality,” said Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko, President and CEO of Marimekko. Take a look on Uniqlo.

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If you are looking for a slightly Mediterranean flavour to the festive Holiday experience, check out the Smeg, Dolce & Gabbana takeover at Harrods (November 2nd to December 28th 2017). The most famous British department store is showcasing a traditional Italian marketplace amidst puppets, lights and well-groomed trees that all give off an Italian & Sicilian style.

Patternbank are loving the new additions to the Smeg Dolce & Gabbana small appliance collection, which include Juicers, kettles & toasters. All decorated with themes and iconic motifs from Sicilian Culture. Get one on your Christmas wish list!

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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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Patternbank brings you a concise overview of the most important print and pattern collections, from Spring 2018 RTW Paris shows.


Dries Van Noten

Images via Vogue

Graphic Scarf Prints – Abstract Florals – Large Scale Paisley – Loose Checks – Oriental Florals – Brocade – Outline and Simplified Florals

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Patternbank brings you a concise overview of the most important print & pattern collections, from Spring 2018 RTW Milan shows.


Marni

Images via Vogue

Painted Conversations – Vibrant Embroideries – Oversized Blooms – Brushstroke Florals – Art Hand Aesthetic – Embellished Detail – Mixed Scale Prints

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Patternbank brings you a concise overview of the most important print & pattern collections, from Spring 2018 RTW London shows.


Mary Katrantzou

Images via Vogue

Rich Embroidered Florals – Paint-by-numbers – Oversized Blooms – Floral Studies – Lego Block Pattern – Embellished Detail – Sportswear Edge

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Patternbank are excited to be part of Arts Thread’s ‘Drop In Portfolio Reviewfor London Design Festival, at the V&A this Monday September 18th 1pm -3:30pm.

Design students and graduates are invited to bring their portfolio of work for advice, guidance and review from industry experts, who include Nissan Design Europe creative and Arts Thread to name a few. Patternbank’s very own Neil Elliott, Senior Trend Editor, will be guiding students & graduates on how to fine tune their portfolios for optimum effect. If you are a textiles student or graduate and in London this Monday pop down to the V&A with your Portfolio.

Monday September 18 2017 1pm – 3.30pm ‘Drop In Portfolio Review’ V&A, Art Studio, Sackler Centre for arts education – Free Drop In Event

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