Road Trip is our 4th collection with Riley Blake Designs and it was inspired by some recent life events. Last summer we sold our home of 28 years, became home-free and put our belongings into storage. We didn't really have a plan but we knew what we didn't want. We didn't want to buy another big house and we didn't want to be saddled with stuff. We were beginning to feel like the stuff we owned was owning us. I'm not suggesting that this is a good idea for everyone, but it was a great opportunity for us at that moment. Once the house sale was complete we packed up and drove to a vacation condo rental. The great thing about vacation rentals is they are fully outfitted, so you don't need much more than a suitcase. It was quite liberating and we could spend time doing things we loved like hiking, cycling and exploring. We also visited our provincial parks with our little vintage trailer and took notice of all the other types of trailers, motor homes and campers. We loved the small gatherings that formed around campfires and the collective of kindred spirits celebrating nature. It was then that I started my little sketches of trailers and characters that would eventually become Road Trip. When I re-draw my sketches digitally, I try to maintain the imperfect character and essence of the original sketch. My aim is to see the hand-drawn quality coming through in the final product. See if you can find the original sketches in the final fabric designs below.