These beautiful set of photographs of decaying orchids, roses and leaves were shot by Billy Kidd, an extremely talented photographer based in New York. Usually confined to the bin at this stage of their life, Billy captures the immense beauty, faded colours, wrinkles and fine details of the decaying flowers and foliage on a black background which adds to the subtle drama. Check out more of his amazing photographs on his Tumblr – I was shot by Billy Kidd.
Patternbank are loving Peter Hoffman’s gasoline doused, photographic studies of Fox River. An Illinois based photographer, Hoffman’s work strives for a quiet, studied approach and in this vein, he is often hired to photograph sensitive subject matter. In this series Hoffman uses the backdrop of the Fox River as it meanders through Chicago. The negatives of these mesmerizing images were spray-coated in gasoline and then lit. The process was very hit and miss but we are sure you’ll agree the end visuals look amazing in colour, subject matter and texture. See more of Peter Hoffman’s work on his portfolio site peterghofman.com
Heather Patterson is interested in the imperfections in nature and how perfection can be found in discoveries of certain undisturbed randomness. By recreating geographic patterns and forms, her work finds simillarities with a topographical map and a grain of wood or the gnarls in a tree and veins in the human body. Patternbank love the structure and layering of different textures that can be found in her work, by such techniques as carving, dripping, melting or spraying the surface. You can see more of her work at heatherpatterson.30art.com.
Greg Dunn explores the fusion of art and science through designs in gold leaf. He’s a big fan minimalist scroll and screen painting from the Edo period in Japan and has a keen interest in neuroscience having finished his doctorate in Neuroscience at University of Pennsylvania in 2011. He admires the Japanese, Chinese, and Korean masters because of their confidence in simplicity, we feel he emulates this idea perfectly. For more of his incredible painting check out his website.
Appropriation is a strong theme in Nicholas Ballestros’ art, as he puts it “This technique of altering or appropriating images is not for a desired outcome other than showing the found material’s sheer ability to be bent.”. These images that have been laying dormant for years have been given a new lease of life by Nicholas with the creative and inspiring use of a scanner. He graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, with a Bachelor of Arts and a Design minor. You can see more of his awesome work over on his Flickr Page.
Patternbank have spotted Ed Fairburn’s amazing map based portraits on a handful of inspirational blogs recently and thought we’d share. Based in Cardiff, illustrator Ed Fairburn creates portraits using old vintage maps to bring his unique artworks to life. He explains ‘ I paint, draw and construct using a flexible range of tangible media across a wide range of surfaces and contexts, allowing my practice to exist across various disciplines.’ Patternbank love the way Ed’s illustrations transpire from intricate road networks and structured landscapes. See more of his work at his portfolio site edfairburn.com
Patternbank brings you the highlights from Paris A/W 2013/14 Fashion Week. This is the first instalment where we have selected designers showing key print trends for Autumn/Winter 2013/14. Watch out for Part 2 which will follow shortly.
Chalayan photos via Vogue.co.uk
Dries Van Noten photos via Vogue.co.uk
Lanvin photos via vogue.co.uk
Balenciaga photos via Vogue.co.uk
Maison Martin Margiela photos via Vogue.co.uk
Issey Miyake photos via Vogue.co.uk
Sonia Rykiel photos via Vogue.co.uk
Manish Arora phots via Vogue.co.uk
Erika Pochybova-Johnson creates these intricate paintings in her own unique style using elaborate combinations of brightly coloured dots, shape and lines. Originally from Czechoslovakia Erika now lives and works in Lubbock, Texas. Patternbank love the kaleidoscopic patterns that are created as Erika improvises as she paints [...]
Andy Ness gained a MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from the Pratt Institute, both being in sculpture. Patternbank though, were inspired particularly by his latest works on paper which have a circus or fairground atmosphere. This collection features horses layered in silhouette against a backdrop of patte[...]
Patternbank just love these lush tropical landscapes by artist Orlanda Broom. Dripping in exuberant colours Broom takes her inspiration from a variety of landscape painters and botanical artists with particular interest in the work of Henri Rousseau. The dream-like worlds Broom creates in dense layers give a sense of the mys[...]