These photographs by Richard Mosse are beautiful, yet deeply disturbing at the same time; they cover the terrible conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mosse used a wooden large-format camera and Kodak Aerochrome, an infrared colour film that has now been discontinued but was originally designed for military surveillance and is extra sensitive to shades of green. The results look like they could be a staged fashion shoot or a psychedelic album cover. Check out Richard’s website for more.
Patternbank is loving the quirky work of L.A. artist Kelly Puissegur. The Louisiana born illustrator adds an element of humor to her work with animal characters often accompanying philosophical quotations . Kelly’s inspiration comes from music, films, found objects, plants, animals and people she knows. Ideas that pop into her head are applied to mediums such as wooden panels, skateboards hand made paper and even surfboards, and always in her playful whimsical style. See more from Kelly on her website and original works and prints are also available to buy on Etsy.
Patternbank were fascinated when we saw these marine specimens, revealing their complex make-up in a more simplified beauty of colour and form. While working as a fisherman, Iori Tomita learned the skills of preservation which he now uses to meticulous detail when creating such complex works of art. The specimens are dyed in a process that can take anything from 3 weeks to a year, depending on the size and complexity of the creature.
In Tomita’s words, ”Although these are just transparent specimens, they’re filled with the drama of organisms which I have so much love for. I want people to enjoy the beauty of life, treat life with respect and understand that there is drama happening that is not centered on themselves when they look at the specimens.” More at shinsekai-th.com
Patternbank love Edoardo De Falchi’s photographic collage work, a graphic designer from Rome, Italy. Falchi’s website 1nd3x.com has a multitude of work in various mediums with plenty to inspire. The initiator of the “scan-painting” a contemporary movement which is used widely in the art world and on the web, Falchi has stayed fairly hidden himself and lets his art speak for itself. Check out Falchi’s Flickr page to see more of his work.
With a long career as a senior art director, producing work for clients like Georgio Armani, The New York Times and Pernod Ricard, Andrea D’Aquino has broken away from the restrains of a title to fulfill her ambition to concentrate on illustration. Her love of hand drawn and painted art is apparent throughout her work and Andrea produces these energetic illustrations with a balanced mix collage and paint, which all display that unmistakable quirky charm.See more here.
Most people have come across the intriguing work of Florentine Illustrator Sarah Fanelli. With an impressive list of inspiring children’s book illustration under her belt, Sarah has also worked with clients including The New Yorker, Faber and Faber, The Tate Modern and Tate Britain, The V&A and other prestigious clients including designer Issey Miyaki. After graduating from the RCA 1995 Sarah has lived and worked as a freelance designer in London, splitting her time between self generated work and books, and commercial illustration commissions. One of her prestigious commissions was for The Tate Modern. Sarah was asked to design a 40m long Timeline, and Gallery entrances for the Tate’s Permanent Collection. Patternbank loves Sarah’s surreal mix of photographic collage and paint, and her use of colour blocking with sensitive hand illustrations and graphics. See more of her work here.
Patternbank are loving Keiko Nishiyama’s picturesque garden inspired collection from her MA graduate show. Keiko Nishiyama studied BA Fashion and performance in Tokyo. after working for an assistant designer, completed an MA in fashion design at London College of Fashion. The idea of printing ‘hybrid imported plants’ in which new flowers were mixed to create an atmosphere of mystery. All the draft prints are hand-drawn creating the illusion of distance to rearrange and reposition the flowers.
“Anthology of Art”
This collection born out of English picturesque garden. The garden would compare anthology of art. In 18th century,Despite the British devotion to naturalism, features such as ruins and follies hybrid flowers became gradually more and more ornamental. The idea that the inclusion of artificial elements in fact contributes to the concept of a ‘naturalistic garden’
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