Pattern People's Prints Take Over Portland Design

How a local studio crafts fashion-forward patterns for walls, clothes, and beyond.

By Alisha Gorder August 1, 2013 Published in the August 2013 issue of Portland Monthly

Jessie Whipple Vickery and Claudia Brown plaster their Northeast Portland workshop with magazine clippings, fashion ads, and fabric print samples. The inspiration feeds Pattern People’s mission: creating prints for wild wallpapers, pillowcases, clothes, iPhone cases, and surfaces of all kinds. 

Since 2007, the duo has designed for Estée Lauder, Clinique, and J. Crew. Influence can take many forms—a textured wallpaper for the popular local ice cream parlor Salt & Straw evokes a waffle cone. Their aesthetic? Layered, abstract riots of color and geometry. The challenge? Devising combinations suited to infinity. “The end result needs to repeat,” says Vickery. “Elements need to meet up, side to side and top to bottom, in an aesthetically pleasing manner.”


Here’s how Pattern People’s magic happens:

1. Take photos of Portland spring flowers.

2. Clip out and arrange select images. 

3. Add background and tweak the color scheme.

4. Build a separate, endlessly repeating geometric pattern.

5. Overlay the geometric pattern.

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