Recently, we visited Rebecca Atwood at her open studio in Brooklyn to get a sneak peek of her new Howes collection. And just in time for the summer season, she is debuting a set of beautiful wovens in both fabric-by-the-yard and pillows.
"This collection draws its story from the beach in the off-season, when the sky darkens earlier and the moon hangs low in the sky," she says. "Time seems to pass at a different rate than in the summer. The moon still pulls the tide, and the sun continues to glimmer on the water, but the shadows are long and dramatic. This graphic nature of the beach in the winter feels like a natural connection with woven fabrics."
For Atwood, it starts with a mood board — many of which were displayed on the walls of her studio. "Beginning a new collection is one of my favorite things to do," she says. "When you start it's blue-sky dreaming and it all begins with pulling inspiration images, old sketches, colors, scraps of paper with ideas written down, and samples of textures I want to explore. I always have countless ideas running around my mind, and this is the time where I get to visualize what will be next and see the connections between different ideas."
This particular collection was inspired by the beach — a natural landscape for her, having grown up on the shores of Cape Cod.
The collection is made up of six designs, each with its own story to tell. We're fascinated as to how Atwood comes up with her patterns as each one is born out of artistic experimentation. Marbling papers using India ink in the suminagashi technique led to her Marble Geode pattern. The Cut Up Dot pattern resulted from Rebecca painting an ink wash ground over circular stickers before peeling them off to reveal a polka-dot pattern. She then cut the pattern into strips and put it back together in a new layout inspired by the sun setting and moon rising. And her Sashiko Stitch and Sashiko Wave patterns were reinterpreted as ocean waves.
For more inspirational textiles and products, visit rebbeccaatwood.com. Aren't you ready for a summer refresh?
Feeling inspired? Watch how to make your own dip-dyed beach sarong for those hot summer days ahead: