Do you ever wonder when you look at one of our finished products where it all began? Do you ever feel inspired by or drawn to a certain pattern but you're not sure why? In our new series, Behind the Pattern, we take you back to the very beginning of a pattern's development. Sometimes this process starts in the sketchbook or in a studio practice, other times it's inspired by something Rebecca did years ago.
The Blooms pattern was inspired by Rebecca's memories of walking to the beach near her childhood home: passing weathered shingled homes with wild gardens and taking the shortcut through the woods to the beach. The slow bloom of spring in those gardens led Rebecca to paint it to scale with India ink on a stretch of rolled paper in her studio.
After a painting the artwork in the studio, Rebecca scanned the art into the computer and manipulated bit and pieces of the pattern until it was just right and put it into repeat. Rebecca played with scale and experiment before sending it to the printer. She also printed out various versions of it on paper to make sure it was just right.
Once the pattern was finalized, sampling began. Rebecca worked with printers in Pennsylvania and Connecticut to translate the design onto linen and clay-coated wallpaper in multiple colorways. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get the color just right. Rebecca brought the samples home so she could get a sense of the color in different lights and settings—and in a more personal space versus a work environment.
RA at Home: Kendall Simmons
We were thrilled when Kendall reached out sharing pictures of how she used our Blooms Wallpaper in client's bedroom. See more of how she used it here.
The Blooms pattern is available in pillows, fabric by the yard and wallpaper. See them favorites below!