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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 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 fell in love with the colourful abstract paintings of Natalia Black, who lives and works in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Liverpool, England. Natalia gained a Degree in Fine Arts from the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia and later moved to Northern Ireland where she developed and established her career as an artist.

Many of her paintings are on canvas and wood but in recent years she has started experimenting with new technologies and has made a series of digital abstract paintings on metal. These beautiful intricate pieces are created by transforming the qualities of natural landscapes into their synthetic non-figurative versions.

Talking about her art, she comments: “Painting helps me to look beyond the obvious, it also urges me to:…. don’t stop playing, don’t stop learning, don’t stop looking, find that inner child … it let’s me have fun on my own. I also find it’s a nice way to make friends.”

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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 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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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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Patternbank are loving the work of Eva Magill-Oliver. With her base in the mountains of North Carolina Eva has developed her art, from her uniquely paper based collage to include oil and acrylic on canvas. Inspired by her surroundings Eva says, “Nature has always been my main source of inspiration. It informs both the subject matter and color palettes in my work. The natural world is an infinite resource for documenting and exploring shapes, patterns, and textures. It also invites personal reflection and meditation. My landscapes and abstracts are a perfect example of this intersection of physical surroundings and self-awareness. They are a simple representation of a contemplative process and express a quiet intensity that reflects my own personality”. See more of Eva’s portfolio here. You can also follow her on Instagram and check out her progress by visiting her blog.

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Patternbank love Frida Wannerberger. The illustrator has an innate fascination for beautiful things, the world and the un-everydaily. There is a subtle narrative to her work, expressing an intense love for clothes. An analytical relationship with what we wear along with an attraction to details, ultimately led her onto the path of illustration for fashion. Trained at Central Saint Martins, Frida graduated 2013 with a BA in Graphic Design and Illustration. Frida currently lives in London, where she is an Associate Lecturer on the BA Fashion Illustration Course at London College of Fashion. See more here.

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Today Patternbank are featuring the work of  Luiza Cazal Print Studio in our ongoing series highlighting our fantastic designers here on the Patternbank Textile Print Design Studio. The studio is based in Sydney, Australia and joined Patternbank last year. We asked about what inspires their designs and a little but about how the patterns are produced, “we are inspired by how digital and traditional techniques and methods together create beautiful designs. We are proficient in both the digital space ( photoshop and illustrator ) As well as traditional painting and drawing, which is something are proud to offer. We like to let the trends Inspire our design but we never design to a trend, which we think keeps our work fresh. To stay on top of trends we like to go window shopping weekly just to see what is current”.

Check out more of Luiza Cazal Print Studio’s work here on her Patternbank Studio profile page.

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Patternbank brings you a snapshot of our favourite print designers seen at the recent  New Designers Graduate show in London.

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. Part 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.

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El Gato Chimney paints nature with extraordinary detail, the natural world is given a magical twist, birdlife and other fantastical creatures, dressed in adornments of patterned fabrics, carry their homes, sometimes on fire, wherever they go. El Gato lives and works in Milan, Italy and began his career as a self taught artist, with an interest in graffiti, street art, steampunk culture and surrealism. His research for his work includes subjects such as alchemy, ancient and modern art, magic, mirabilia, occultism, popular folklore, spiritualism and tribal art. Check out his Instagram for more of his magical birdlife and the James Freeman Gallery where his paintings are currently on show.

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Akira Ikezoe is a New York based artist, born in Kochi Japan, working with painting, drawing, performance and animation, his work explores the wandering relationships between humans and nature and shows a sense of humour as well as philosophical side. Patternbank love the zen-like quality to his work and simple primitive style, of curious potted plants, objects and intriguing imagery.

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Alison Moritsugu was born and raised in Hawaii and left the islands after high school. She received a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She lives and works in Beacon, NY. The artist says , “My work reveals how idealized images of the land shape our concept of the natural world – in essence, how our experiences are mediated by the mechanisms of art and culture” Moritsugu paints these traditional idealistic landscapes directly onto log cross sections with the bark in tact. ‘These landscapes appear as an homage to the idyllic art of the Hudson River School yet, by viewing the painting’s surface, the cross section of a tree, any sense of nostalgia or celebration of nature is countered by the evidence of its destruction.” See more here.

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