Behind the Pattern: Marbled Stripe

Posted by: Nellie Laskow

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. 


Rebecca loves the Japanese marbling technique called Suminigashi, which means floating ink. She has practiced this in the studio and at home many times and even taught interior designers how to do it at an event this summer. You can learn how to marble in Rebecca's book Living with Pattern.  

Original Artwork

After a marbling session in the studio, Rebecca chose a hand marbled paper she liked. It was then scanned into the computer and manipulated into an elongated repeat or 'stripe'. 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’s 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: Emily Henderson 

We were thrilled when Emily Henderson reached out recently looking for our Marbled Stripe fabric to use in her bedroom. See more of how she used our Marbled Stripe fabric in Navy here.


Finished Product

The Marbled Stripe pattern is available in pillows, fabric by the yard and wallpaper. See them favorites below!


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