Calypso Unveils a New Collaboration With Artist Rebecca Atwood

Julia Millay Walsh
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We've been smitten with Brooklyn-based textile designer Rebecca Atwood's shibori, hand-screened, and hand-painted patternwork for what feels like ages, and now we're thrilled to see her exclusive new collaboration with Calypso St. Barth. While the pillows in Atwood's own shop feature deep indigos and vivid oranges, this new collection of pillows suits Calypso's cool coastal palette with soft seafoams and oceanic blues and subtle touches of metallics. Atwood recently some shared some details about her design process, and it's fascinating to see how a simple pattern evolves from ink on paper to fabric. Read on below to hear about the process and shop the fresh new designs. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset IMG_1808 IMG_1803 [caption id="attachment_38720" align="aligncenter" width="580"]latticeshibori_Calypso Lattice Shibori Pillow, $350.[/caption] "The Lattice Shibori Pillow is created by using a modified version of a traditional Japanese shibori technique.  The fabric is folded into triangles before dyeing, which creates this unique lattice pattern.  We dyed each piece several times to achieve this layered look.  Unfolding each piece is a bit like opening a present as the results are always beautiful and different. This reversible design also features a washed metallic gold linen with an appliqué stripe on the 'back' of the pillow." [caption id="attachment_38721" align="aligncenter" width="580"]striped_circles_calypso Stripes and Circles Pillow, $250.[/caption] "This reversible pillow started out in the sketchbook.  Both patterns were hand painted with black india ink before being scanned into the computer and put into repeat.  The designs were then hand screen-printed onto fabric with fibre reactive dye." [caption id="attachment_38719" align="aligncenter" width="580"]Brushstrokes_Calypso Watercolor Brush Strokes Pillow, $350.[/caption] "The Watercolor Brushstroke Pillow and the Painterly Stripe Pillow are both hand painted with dye.  Each piece is individually painted so no two are exactly alike. The Watercolor Brushstroke Pillow has an equally interesting back, featuring a linen with a woven metallic pin-stripe and an appliquéd patch.  The Painterly Stripe Pillow has a subtle dip-dyed reverse, and the front also features a potato printed appliqué." [caption id="attachment_38717" align="aligncenter" width="580"]Paintedstripe_Calypso (1) Painterly Stripes Pillow, $225.[/caption] Where would you put these painterly pillows in your home? Tell us in the comments.

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