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Patternbank brings you our in-depth catwalk report highlighting the key Spring/Summer 2019 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 SS19 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 Spring/Summer 2019

  • Over 68 pages of inspirational print forecast intelligence

  • Over 400 on trend hand-picked images

  • Covers New York, London, Paris & Milan SS19 shows

  • The top 24 print focused shows highlighted

  • 6 colour trends for SS19

  • Fantastic value – £80/$110/€95

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Patternbank recently discovered the eye-catching and vibrant embellishments of Leeds based textile artist Jessica Grady. We wanted to find out more so we asked her about herself and what influences her designs and techniques.

I am a contemporary embroidery artist who works from my home studio just outside of Leeds, West Yorkshire. My colourful and highly tactile work has been exhibited in various galleries and publications across the UK and Europe and I am also a member of the Crafts Council’s Makers directory. Recently I have been awarded the 2018 Embroiderers Guild Scholar award.

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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 love the work of Australian sculptor Shona Wilson so we contacted her to find out more about her craft. A contemporary Australian sculptor, Shona engages with natural found material to create both abstract and representational, 2-D assemblages and 3-D sculptures. For over 25yrs, Shona has exhibited commercially. More recently she has also been involved with exhibiting science/art collaborations and Ephemeral Art making and facilitating workshops (from preschools to adults). Shona is the creator of the One A Day Ephemeral Art Project, which has inspired people worldwide.

“How can we care for what we do not know? My ongoing engagement with Nature’s fragments and invisible realms brings me closer to understanding the world we share. The materials themselves are storehouses of knowledge and information. They act as ‘keys’, unlocking doors to memory, science, history, imagination and Spirit.The intersects between nature, science, spirit, and art are potent environments to research and play within creatively. Art making can become Ceremony.  My work is an invitation to marvel and wonder at the details within nature which I have presented predominantly through sculptural assemblages. The mirroring of the micro/macro world and its phenomenology captivates me.

See more of Shona’s ephemeral projects here.

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Patternbank wanted to share our love for these stunning paintings by Markus Åkesson, with their dramatic scale and attention to detail in surface, pattern and texture; all things we love here at Patternbank, the almost photographic qualities seem to shift between reality and something imagined in a dream.

Markus Åkesson is a neofigurative painter on the international stage. His work has been shown in galleries and institutions in Paris, Berlin, Brussels, London, Vilnius and Stockholm. Living and working in Pukeberg in Nybro, Sweden, his home and studio are nestled in the woods where he is free to explore motives which relate man to nature and nature to the world unseen.

He is currently represented by Galerie Da-End in Paris and VIDA Museum outside of Borgholm on Öland, where his exhibition Insominia was on show.

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Patternbank brings you a snapshot of the strongest print designers seen at the recent  New Designers Graduate show.

The Patternbank team once again had the privilege of experiencing this years emerging talent at the New Designers Graduate show.  New Designers is the UK’s most important graduate design exhibition, full of innovation and fresh thinking. Week 1 of the graduate show focused on Textiles and surface pattern design courses and was the ultimate event to spot the next wave of creative talent to hit the industry. New Designers Week 2 is showing until this Sunday if you are in London.

Louise Towers – @louisetowers_design_

Leeds Art University


Emily james – @emilyrjamesdesigns

UWTSD: Swansea College of Art


Hannah McCloskey – @hannahclairedesign

Leeds Art University

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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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The Patternbank team recently attended Graduate Fashion Week in London’s East End. GFW 2018 is the world’s leading event celebrating the creativity of students and graduates within fashion. We’ve highlighted some of the strongest print & pattern focused collections from the four-day event.

Emily Forshaw – Liverpool John Moores University

Instagram – @emilyforshawdesign


Connor McCann – Bath Spa University

Instagram – @thejupiterdrive


Zang Wei – University of Northampton

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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 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 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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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 bring you part 2 of the strongest print and pattern trends seen at the recent Resort 2018 collections. A creative mix of patterns ranging  from vibrant circus inspired stripes and geometrics, to an eclectic collection of conversational prints, with floral patterns in a simple minimal colour palette, contrasting opulent trellis prints. Hot on the heels of resort, SS18 Menswear is already in full swing, so keep your eyes open for our coverage of the Menswear catwalk collections.

Blossom Tree

Monique Lhuillier / Seamless Flowers Pattern by Eduardo Doreni / Carolina Herrera / Soft Lillies & Plumeria Feminine Floral by Elena MalikSeamless Tropical Pattern by Eduardo Doreni / Cinq a Sept / Cherry Blossoms in Navy by Zoe Allen

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


Colourful Circus

Missoni / Geometric Ornate by Kostin Sergey / House of Holland / Lines Mix Colours by Camila Coelho / Mara Hoffman / Geometric Effect by Camila Coelho / Carolina Herrera / Stripe by Owl Prints

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


Two Colour

Preen Line / Blue Flowers by Motifsbis / Derek Lam / Meadow sprigs by Nia Martin / Fire Leaf by Sofia Alves / Diane von Furstenberg / Stargazer by Jemma Figgins / Edun

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

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