A Note From Rebecca: On Quiet Patterns

Posted by Rebecca Atwood

I’m fond of all our patterns, but I do have personal favorites. Our spring collection introduces four new ones. I’ve been looking forward to sharing them with you for months because they’re designs I’m so excited to use in my home. That might sound funny to say—don’t you want to use all your patterns?—but it’s true. Sometimes a pattern is a bit bold for my taste or reminds me a bit too much of the work that went into it. These are easy but impactful, which is at the root of what I’ve always wanted to do. They’re subtle and calming in the way I love best. 

The patterns I tend to gravitate toward reference nature, so it’s fitting that this collection has an organic sense of texture, color, and movement. In particular, there’s a water and moon theme flowing throughout: channels, tides, waves, and soft shapes. Diagonal Waves repeats long, irregular ink-washed lines that feel reminiscent of Japanese calligraphy; it’s available as wallpaper and as a textile. Crescent Plaid is interspersed with moon shapes. As a wallpaper, it has all the fluidity of my original watercolor painting. The performance woven textile has a soft, washed look yet is durable and versatile. Channels is a woven fabric that reminds me of how shimmering water or waving grass reflects many colors. When you look closely, you can see that it isn’t a single color but undulating waves of subtly different hues. Curved Brushstroke is a wallpaper that I actually created when trying to decide what to use in our primary bedroom; I didn’t end up using it there, but looking at the ceiling and all the different lines in the room felt like a design puzzle. Because it’s a tossed repeat, it’s such an easy-to-use pattern: you don’t have to worry about the angles matching up perfectly or the lines looking directional. I love the scale too because it’s a medium size you don’t see every day. It layers shapes that can look like leaves, petals, feathers, or even crescent moons, falling, floating, or gently suspended, according to your imagination. 

Each of the natural elements in these patterns is a reminder to slow down and notice things. I love that, especially at this time of year when the world is coming back to life, the days are growing longer, and we’re all trying to be more intentional with our time and attention. It surprises me in a delightful way when I think about the moon pulling the tide. It reminds me that we’re so small and there’s so much we don’t know in the world—and so much possibility too.

It’s important to me to be intentional at home, where the elements we surround ourselves with determine not just the mood of a room but our mood and how we live. As an artist, I intend to create patterns that help you do that.  

Thank you, Rebecca

Read my poem On Water to learn more about how water inspires me.