As a longtime fan of textile designer and artist Rebecca Atwood, today I am more than pleased to share this glimpse into her working process and sketchbooks. During one of her afternoon sketchbook sessions, Rebecca snapped these photos to give us a peek. Rather than muddling up her intent, I’d rather let Rebecca speak for her own work:
“I like to work on several sketchbooks at once as I work with watercolor and gouache and don’t like to wait for pages to dry. I find this keeps me moving quickly and just getting down loose ideas. I try not to think too much about what I do in my sketchbook – it’s a place to play and not worry if it doesn’t turn into something I actually love. It’s a good place for me to test out ideas, colors, motifs, etc. ”
“A lot of the time I paint similar motifs or versions of the same idea as I warm up. Then I always try to do something that’s a little different, too, of course. For me keeping sketchbooks is a really important part of my process. I often return to them well after I did the work to remember ideas and concepts I had. Sometimes something I put in there doesn’t really resonate with me, but months later there’s a connection.”
As a designer myself, I can totally identify with Rebecca’s process. I think that often times creatives like us tend to hoard because you just never know what can become inspiration. And, now that I have seen how this method works for Rebecca, I am extra keen on turning to my sketchbook every day, just to see what happens. Thanks for all the of inspiration, Rebecca!
photos by Rebecca Atwood