Do you ever wonder about the technique or tools used to design a pattern? Do you ever feel inspired by or drawn to a certain pattern but you're not sure why? In our 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 or a family heirloom. Read more about our Hills pattern below.
Photos by Maxwell Tielman
Like many of our patterns, the Hills design started out as a mark-making experiment in Rebecca’s sketchbook – she loved the shape the potato 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 making the artwork in the studio, Rebecca scanned the art into the computer and manipulated bits 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.
We've had many interior designers use our Hills pattern but one of our favorites ways is as curtains like Lynn Trager did below. See that whole project here.