Tracing Patterns references Milton of Campsie’s former calico printing industry, which operated in the area periodically between 1794-1929. A series of 8 uniquely patterned metal plates have been affixed to a disused brickwork structure – thought to be connected to Lillyburn Printworks – with dimensions that mirror the original bricks. For the Trails & Tales project, Rachel has created her own collection of pattern samples that draw from the remaining textile samples held within national and local archives. Patterns have been constructed during a laborious process of extracting and fragmenting shapes from examples linked to East Dunbartonshire, which have been fragmented and repeated to form her own designs. The metal plates have been etched and enamelled with colour, inviting passers-by to make rubbings from their textured surfaces, thus referencing the block printing technique and reproduction of a pattern from original to multiple.