Seattle is full of inspiration. We invited artists from across the country to visit the city and create something new based off their experiences.
Katie Deedy, the owner of Grow House Grow wallpaper designs, didn’t always know she wanted to make bespoke, narrative wallpaper, but once she started there was no going back. Deedy’s passion for making patterns draw on her personal experiences and the curiosities of everyday life. The result? Artwork so rich that you want to cover your walls in it.
For her most recent wallpaper inspiration, the born-and-raised New Yorker traveled to Seattle, a city she often imagined as a child, because her father’s job almost transferred her family there. "Before I came here, my idea of Seattle was really clean air," she said. "I envisioned wilderness, a city surrounded by a lot of greenery. In my child's mind, it was this mythical place where I could've grown up." Watch the video to see how Deedy turned her trip to Seattle into a pattern.
"The walls are these gorgeous slabs of quartz," Deedy notes. "You can tell that they're just relishing their history."
"Going to the Wing Luke Museum was something I looked forward to, because I was familiar with the influence of Asian peoples and cultures in the Pacific Northwest, but I didn't have any real reference for it. I was grateful to have such a wonderful tour guide in Margaret, because she shared how these very different people came together and collectively have influenced this one city. Being able to walk through the old hotel, where you had rooms that haven't been really touched or changed since the hotel closed down — that's something that you can't capture on film."
"One of the things I like the most about the Ballard Locks was the combination of old and new," Deedy says. "You have these wonderfully amazing functioning 100-year old locks. You're in a time warp with these beautiful knobs and handles. It was very manual and tactile — to be honest, I didn't realize how much I was going to love the locks."
"The wallpaper really did turn out based on how I felt about the city; I made numerous patterns, most of which were more illustrative. In the end, this was the one that reflected my experience the most."
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