As we continue on with our 5 Things series, I am so excited to welcome Rebecca Atwood. Rebecca designs the most fabulous pillows and textiles in Brooklyn, NY. She has colaborated with so many companies as of late I am loosing count. Please welcome her here on greige!
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A painter like Monet. I had these paperback books on artists that showed illustrations mixed with photos that told a bit about some of classic painters Monet, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, etc. Art class was my favorite and I figured being a painter was the way to go.
Where do you find inspiration?
So many things inspire me, and it’s often a mixture of very different things. A pattern idea can come from anywhere – a vintage scarf from my great aunt, the shadows on a sidewalk, an idea in my sketchbook, or even painting directly on to the fabric with dye (that’s where the spots print came from). Giving yourself time off to do the things you enjoy – going to a museum, seeing friends, cooking, all give you time for the ideas to come. I think the big thing with inspiration is to keep making, keep looking, and give yourself time to edit. We live in a world where the internet allows for such an instantaneous sharing of ideas and images, which is amazing, but I also think getting away from that is crucial.
So much of my work comes from my personal history and memories. I grew up on Cape Cod. The water and soft neutrals of the coastal landscape became so much a part of my sensibility. I think that is one of the biggest influences for me. My family also saves everything, so I was always surrounded by antiques. My Mom has dresses from the 1920’s, beautiful hand painted china, and an attic full of interesting objects etc. We weren’t a family that never used the good china and silver – my mom taught us to live with these beautiful things. Why have them if you aren’t going to use them? She let us play with the antique dolls, even if we did play a little too roughly. I think this idea of wanting to create product that is truly special, but also not so precious you can’t use it comes from my Mom. My product have been made with a lot of care and attention – but are meant to be lived with, and can be thrown in the wash if they are dirty.
Do you work from home? Office? Studio?
Up until mid-March I worked out of our two bedroom apartment. Now we’re settling into a studio in Sunset Park. It was much needed to move the business out of our home! We could barely walk with all of the inventory, supplies, etc. It’s pretty exciting to have a space of my own for the business and I’m excited to see where it will lead. We’re in an area with a lot of other creatives which I’m loving.
Are you a city girl or a country girl?
That is the question! I live in Brooklyn, NY and so would consider myself a city girl…but I grew up in a small town on Cape Cod. I really miss it there and find the quietness of the off-season so relaxing. I am really looking forward to spending a week there in July. Being close to the water is one of my favorite things.
What are you reading right now?
What are you reading right now?
reading my tea leaves
A big thank you goes out to Rebecca for taking the time to share with us! I adore her inspiration on Instagram and always check in to see what she has been up to, I hope you will to!
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