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.
Like many of our patterns, the dashes design started out as a mark-making experiment in Rebecca’s sketchbook – she loved the shape the paintbrush made and the slight variations that occurred. It's one of our simplest and best-selling patterns that can truly live in any space.
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 Rhode Island 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.
Rebecca used this wallpaper in her husband's office in Park Slope, Brooklyn. See more finished products for our Dashes pattern below. Have a pillow you like to see made out of our Dashes pattern? Let us know in the comments below!