The incredible mediumistic work of South East London born artist Madge Gill has a tantalising attention to detail. After a catalogue of tragedy in her personal life and after losing the use of her right eye, Madge started to write, draw and embroider. She mostly worked by oil lamp at night, and her interest in spiritualism greatly influenced her work which often featured ‘Myrninerest’ a spirit guide who she would set within a background of pattern and texture. After her death in 1961 her work was handed to East Ham County Council by her son as her most prolific period of work was produced whilst living in East Ham. These pieces have been resurrected and will be exhibited at the Julian Hartnoll Gallery, between 4th – 12th October 2013. See more of her work here.
The hugely talented and successful Juan Gatti, grabbed Patternbank’s attention with these staggering Anatomical/Botanical studies. The renowned graphic designer/artist was born in Buenos Aires in 1950, and after graduating in Visual Arts he stayed and worked as a graphic designer and art director until he moved to New York in 1978. His career boasts high profile collaborations with Directors such as Pedro Almodovar and John Malkovich, and an extensive career in the fashion industry as designer and photographer for brands from Zara to Karl Lagerfeld and even a period as art director for Italian Vogue. See more here.
Symmetry is one of the most important elements in Islamic decorative design and graphic designer/artist Razan Sabbagh has embraced this in these designs. Razan’s inspiration comes from Islamic Mashrabiya and elements from Islamic decorated carpets. In one piece Razan has included the Islamic greeting ‘Al salam alaykom’, Razan says ‘I chose these words because they are words shared by all muslims, no matter what their mother tongue. These words have a deep and peaceful sense and meaning, and they allow me to create a gentle connection between the picture and the viewer’. These back lit, transparent paper and glass artworks were part of a collective exhibition for the Jameel Prize workshop in 2010. See more of Razan’s portfolio here.
Patternbank are loving these paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Leo Eguiarte. Running through most of his paintings is his signature purple, turquoise and emerald colour palette that gives his work a cohesive feel and the unique texture created by painting on old circuit boards. As Leo’s Bio says: “His work often references symbolism found in ancient cultures and the appropriation of it from groups outside them. Through this dynamic the work conveys how history tends to repeat itself”. Check out more of his work on his website.
Patternbank brings you the highlights from Milan S/S 2014 Fashion Week. This is the second instalment where we have selected designers showing key print trends for Spring / Summer 2014. Watch out for our up coming Paris Show report which we will also be covering here at Patternbank.
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These captivating rainbow coloured webs strung across geometric frames, are the work of Australian artist Nike Savvas. ’Liberty and Anarchy’ came to the UK earlier this year and her impressive structures with their threaded spaces appear like solid ‘Spirograph,’ drawings. Nike’s play with colour, pattern and 3D sculpture have been designed using mathematical formulas to create ever changing perspectives and vibrant pattern filled spaces. Other pieces from Nike include ”Full of Love and Full of Wonder’ her installation of coloured bouncy balls which appear in suspended animation like floating 3 diminutional spots. See more from Nike here.
Canadian artist Aaron Moran displays a passion for geometry and line which are a key features in his paintings and sculptures. His interest in using found objects and paint in his work stems from society’s problem with ever growing waste and and overdevelopment. His 2D and 3D pieces evoke early modern art with his use of colour and pattern applied to his reclaimed wooden sculptures. Patternbank loves the balance of subtle colour pallets and sharp geometric imagery, his injection of monochrome pattern within 3D sculpture and simple herringbone envigorated with colourful highlights. He was discovered by the fashion chain Zara last year who turned the windows of flagship stores into a gallery space ,exhibiting his geometric masterpieces. See more from Aaron here.
Patternbank brings you the highlights from New York A/W 2014/15 Fashion Week. This is the first instalment where we have selected designers showing key print trends for Autumn / Winter 2014/15. Watch out for Part 2 which will follow shortly and also the up and coming London, Milan and Paris Shows which we will also be covering h[...]
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