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
Sonnenzimmer is the Chicago-based studio of Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. Their humble beginnings of a shared painting studio complete with industrial screen printing equipment, sealed their union. This soon developed and grew into a design and print studio specialising in hand-crafted prints and fine art. Their bac[...]
New wave pop art clashes with the urban landscape in these colourful artworks of Tristan Eaton. Based in Los Angeles Eaton career path includes graffiti artist, painter, illustrator, skater and toy designer. His work mixes many art techniques to create unique and bold modern day pop art statements. Easton's early graffiti r[...]
Patternbank love the mix of fabrics Masion Martin Margiela has brought together to create this Artisanal Couture Collection for Spring/Summer 2014. Artisanal includes textile collections from Frank Lloyd Wright, Raoul Dufy, 1920’s Bauhaus tapestries and Mariano Fortuny Fabrics bridging the gap between fashion, interiors and [...]
Merijn Hos is an illustrator and visual artists based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He divides his time between working as a commercial illustrator and on personal projects, exhibitions and independent publishing. The Patternbank team love Hos's quirky pattern plays and surreal subject matter explorations. See more of his min[...]
Patternbank brings you our third and final print highlight report on the recent New York A/W 2014/15 Fashion shows. In this instalment we have again selected key designers showing the strongest print trends for Autumn/Winter 2014/15. Keep an eye out for our reports on London, Milan and Paris Shows which we will also be covering [...]