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. ”

from the sketchbook of Rebecca Atwood
“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.”

from the sketchbook of Rebecca Atwood
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!

from the sketchbook of Rebecca Atwood
photos by Rebecca Atwood