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Patternbank recently discovered the work of Amsterdam based artist Preta Wolzak. We asked her to share some information about herself and her latest projects. Wolzak studied Monumental Design at the Gerrit Rietveldacademie from 1986-1991. Since then she has worked on commission in applied arts: she has made illustrations for book covers, designed and made furniture, designed exhibitions, designed interiors for private people and companies. Since 2008 she has been making jewellery under the name Fortblink, and in 2013 she opened her creative store Old Fort On Dun on Oudeschans in Amsterdam. These images are from a selection of her recent collections Ma Petit Inuite, Everybody Needs A Hero and Arctic Charade, all of which share a common theme of the sometimes negative impact humans inflict on our planet causing pollution and the devastating effects of climate change. To see more and to read about her embroidery processes and the inspiration behind her work, visit Preta’s website here.

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Patternbank are excited to share with you the work of embroidery artist Rana Balca Ülker. Living in Istanbul, Turkey, Rana graduated from the Fine Arts faculty of Fashion and Textiles at Yeditepe University.
Rana’s interest in fashion and embroidered textiles has continued throughout her work, combining her paintings into embroidered portraits that look deep into the expressions and feelings we portray to others. Rana likes to combine floral and foliage within powerful portraits, sometimes protecting the subject from view.

Other pieces are dissected features of eyes and some elements within the subjects are left blank, leaving the viewer wondering the feelings and emotions of the model. Follow her on Instagram for updates of her work and coming exhibitions of her work here.

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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 Fayle. 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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For anyone inspired by the vibrant work of Frida Kahlo, prepare  yourself for a rare treat. The V&A have announced a special exhibition to showcase the eclectic wardrobe of one of the most influential female painters of the 20th century. This is the first exhibition outside of Mexico to display Kahlo’s clothing and personal possessions, including prosthetics, medicines, accessories, jewellery, photographs and letters. The exhibition runs from 16th June 2018-4th November 2018. Booking in advance is recommended and we’ll be first in the queue to explore her collection of fascinating belongings! Tickets are now on sale at the Victoria and Albert Museum here.

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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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If you are at Paris Fashion week this week don’t miss the ‘Merci en Rose’ exhibition at the fabulous concept store Merci. The exhibition runs until 10th March, where you can float around an inflated bubble and view delicious rose tinted fashion. Experience the rest of Merci with a vintage pop up store, eclectic homeware and lifestyle products, men’s and women’s fashion plus 3 restaurants. Merci is located in the historic district of Haut-Marais and was founded in March 2009 by Bernard and Marie-France Cohen, founders of BONPOINT the children’s fashion label.

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Welcome to Patternbank’s third 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 3: SS19 Print Trend Themes
Abstract Landscape / Surreal Floral / Urban Scrawl


PURCHASE THE REPORT NOW - £20 / $28 / €26

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Welcome to Patternbank’s second 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 2: SS19 Print Trend Themes
Pale Folk / Delicate / Simple Form Florals


PURCHASE THE REPORT NOW - £20 / $28 / €26

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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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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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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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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 love the intricacy in Australian artist Louise Saxton’s crafted reconstructions using found vintage embroidery. Working in Melbourne, Victoria, Louise uses past collections of discarded needlework, lace and other beautiful items, creating something new and wonderful, preserving the past and in her words “a silent collaboration with the anonymous original makers.” Follow her journal here, for an insight into the process of how she works and her recent exhibitions.

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Patternbank are loving James Merry’s embroidered floral editions to vintage clothing on instantly recognisable sports logos. James Merry, a hand embroidery artist originally from Gloucestershire in the UK, now lives in Iceland where he has been living and working with Bjork since 2009. Some of his other projects include a capsule collection for Opening Ceremony and extravagant masks and costumes for Bjork’s stage and music videos. Check out more on his Instagram feed.

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Exquisite hand embroidered textiles with threads intact, reminiscent of samplers from historical collections, were the offerings from Sarah Burton and her team for the Alexander McQueen fall 2017 collection at Paris Fashion Week. They found their inspirations in Cornwall, collections of flora and fauna, sun and star symbols and ribbons and threads, a truly beautiful offering.

See the full Alexander McQueen collection on Vogue.com

Watch out for our Fall 2017 Catwalk Print Trend Report to inspire you in all your new seasonal developments – live in March. Check out our Spring/Summer 2017 Catwalk report here.