The kimono is the ultimate symbol of Japan, revered within the country as the embodiment of national culture and regarded internationally as an exotic fascination. The iconic garment is often viewed as traditional, unchanging and timeless, but this exhibition counters that conception. The Kimono is seen as highly dynamic and and the exhibition reveals its sartorial influence on pop stars from David Bowie to Björk and examining the ways in which fashion designers such as Issey Miyake, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen have reworked its legacy. The exhibition runs until 21 June 2020 at The V&A, see more.More →
Patternbank brings you our third concise overview of the most important print & pattern collections, from Spring 2019 RTW Milan Fashion Week. Look out for our SS19 Catwalk Print and Pattern Trend Report which will be live in October, an overview of all the recent shows containing the strongest print and pattern trends.
Patternbank brings you our second concise overview of the most important print & pattern collections, from Spring 2019 RTW London Fashion Week. Look out for our SS19 Catwalk Print and Pattern Trend Report which will be live in October, an overview of all the recent shows containing the strongest print and pattern trends.
Patternbank brings you our first concise overview of the most important print & pattern collections, from Spring 2019 RTW New York Fashion Week. Look out for our SS19 Catwalk Print and Pattern Trend Report which will be live in October, an overview of all the recent shows containing the strongest print and pattern trends.
Oscar de la Renta
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.
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.
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_
Emily james – @emilyrjamesdesigns
Hannah McCloskey – @hannahclairedesign
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
The Patternbank team were at the preview day of the Victoria & Albert’s new exhibition Fashioned from Nature last week. A great new exhibition that looks at how nature has influenced fashion design, textiles, manufacturing and pattern, throughout the last 400 years. Set over 2 floors, the first floor looks back in history and explores the evolution of how nature has impacted fashion. The upper floor is more of a present-day look at how new designers have used nature in the design process. It also showcases the environmental aspects of how designers now are looking at sustainability within fashion. We also picked up the book that accompanies the exhibition which is also worth a purchase here.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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
Peach Sunset by Sunpattern / ISSEY MIYAKE / GUCCI / FENDI / ALTUZARRA / PIAZZA SEMPIONE / M MISSONI / Folkloric Pattern by Anastasia Buchinskaya
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
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
vk29 by Victoria Krupp / ETRO / SEA / TADASHI SHOJI / TADASHI SHOJI / Modern Patchwork by Sarah Radcliff / SACAI / Vk116 by Victoria Krupp
Patternbank loved Warm’s SS18 RTW NY collection, a mixture of prints and patterns from far flung travels to India, Japan, Africa, the Aegean and Provenance.
Warm photos via Vogue.com
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.
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.
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.
Monique Lhuillier / Seamless Flowers Pattern by Eduardo Doreni / Carolina Herrera / Soft Lillies & Plumeria Feminine Floral by Elena Malik / Seamless Tropical Pattern by Eduardo Doreni / Cinq a Sept / Cherry Blossoms in Navy by Zoe Allen
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
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