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Pattern Report|Julien David Pre-Fall 2016

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James R. Powers c. 1957

Reimagined silhouettes give this retro futurism inspired collection by Julien David a very modern look.

-mollye pooton

Arts & Culture | American Textiles

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via Huffington Post.

Inside a textile mill in Maine, Christopher Payne has captured the surreal juxtaposition of industrial machinery and the technicolor yarns running through it.

Capturing these bright moments required patience however. “There is not much staging allowed because I cannot alter or interrupt the lines of production,” Payne explained. “So I wait, sometimes months, for the right colors to come along, and then a magical moment occurs, if only for a few hours or minutes.”

We’re hoping more textile mills come back to doing production in the U.S. Have you used any American mills to manufacture your work? If so, how was your experience?

-Claudia Brown

Wearbest Sil-Tex, Garfield, New Jersey

Wearbest Sil-Tex, Garfield, New Jersey

Darn Tough Socks, Cabot Hosiery Mills, Northfield, Vermont

Darn Tough Socks, Cabot Hosiery Mills, Northfield, Vermont

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Profile | Josh McKenna

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Josh McKenna

Josh McKenna

Josh McKenna

Happy New Year everyone! It’s a snowy day here but we’re heating things up with the tropical vibes of illustrator, Josh McKenna. Based in East London, Mckenna taps into the island aesthetic with lush foliage and minimal elements reminiscent of the 80s. His Concrete Junglist collection designed for PAOM will let you navigate the urban jungle in style. An avid silkscreen printer, Mckenna’s work is also available as limited edition posters like the one below titled, Poolside. Pick one up here or view more of his work here and here.

– Jessie Whipple Vickery

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Josh McKenna

Josh McKenna

Josh McKenna

Josh McKenna

Josh McKenna

Interiors | A New Year

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Here’s to a gorgeous and sparkling 2016!

Julie Rose

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Pattern Report | Disco Ball Drop

Ring in the New Year and drop it like a disco ball!

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Arts & Culture | Woodblock Madness


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Three years in the making, Outlook is an intricate woodblock print by Tugboat Studio.

According to thisiscolossal, The print was created from 5 plates including 4 color blocks (yellow, red, light blue, dark blue) that define areas of color in the image with a 5th block (black) on top called the key block. All the woodblocks are entirely different carvings on 3/4″ birch plywood that contain different information. As each is printed in succession on handmade kozo fiber paper, the colors merge to produce additional hues, highlights, shadows, and other details of the final print. The splendidly detailed 46″ x 30″ artwork depicts a mid-day scenic view of a mountain range surrounded by dense forests, groves, and sprawling a vegetation in a myriad of colors.

The final limited edition of 100 prints will be completed early next month and are currently available for pre-order on Tugboat Printshop’s website. You can see of behind-the-scenes process photos and videos of Overlook on Flickr.

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Happy (Almost) New Year!

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Freddy Mamani Silvestre

We’re so excited for 2016 and have some amazing new products coming your way. As we wrap up 2015, we’re ending the year with some mind-altering, sci-fi meets art deco architecture from Bolivian mastermind, Freddy Mamani Silvestre. He’s single-handedly redesigning the visual landscape of El Alto, known as the highest city in the world. And, he’s doing it without the aid of a computer. Using a wall as a sketch pad, or simply verbally dictating his ideas to his workers, Silvestre creates his futuristic compounds which weave his Aymara heritage into the core. Motifs inspired by Aymara weavings and ceramics, as well as Andean Temples, are part of his design vernacular, in addition to sci-fi films, especially the Transformer series. View more of his work here and here.

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Freddy Mamani Silvestre

Freddy Mamani Silvestre

Freddy Mamani Silvestre

Freddy Mamani Silvestre

Freddy Mamani Silvestre

Hope everyone has a great new year! Here’s a quick look back over 2015:

Color Inspiration such as blue mist, sky lake or tropical fade.

Edible Patterns such as these amazing cakes, mandalas or sugar mountains.

Print Stories like gothic garden, mark maker or 90s glow.

Interiors from rugs to wallpaper, and even more wallpaper!

Trend Guides for Autumn/Winter 2016 and Spring/Summer 2017.

Interiors | Snowflakes

 

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If you haven’t had a chance to peruse the Bentley snowflake archives, I would advise it! Wilson Bentley, a cloud physicist, obtained the first photomicrograph ever taken of an ice crystal in 1885 and went on to chronicle thousands of photos of individual ice crystals over the course of his lifetime. The scientist spoke to his passion for capturing the illusive crystals, “Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated. When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.” So whether or not you are lucky enough to see ice crystals in person this holiday – Bentley has collected thousands for us! Happy holidays!

Julie Rose

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Pattern Report | Agi & Sam

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bird 3  Agi & Sam‘s colorful menswear collection featured pixelated face masks and prints, which could have easily been inspired by Shawn Smith’s sculptures. 

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Gift Guide for the Pattern Book Lover

Gift Guide for the Pattern Book Lover

Gift Guide for the Pattern Book Lover

For the pattern book lover out there, make room on your shelf for a few more favorites. Here’s a selection of titles that are on our wish list this year.

  1. Native Funk & Flash – Out of print until recently, this overview of embroidered fashion from the 1970s is inspirational and mind blowing. Craft and creativity collide!
  2. Corresponding with the V & A’s exhibit, The Fabric of India captures the making and use of textiles from this region.
  3. This recently released tome highlights fashion designer Thea Porter’s flowing gowns and prints created during her heyday in the 1970s.
  4. The Pattern Source Book offers a visual guide to styles and techniques of textile designers over the last century. Historical and modern designs are paired together for comparison and contrast.

For more rare and out of print fashion books, browse here or here.

Any other titles you’d recommend?

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