John Robshaw Fabrics
John Robshaw's designs often fall under the "wordly" category for good reason. After graduating Pratt with a degree in fine arts, Robshaw went on to study block printing in China. It was only on his journey to India (for natural indigo dye nonetheless), that he discovered the world of artistic textiles. Upon arrival in India, he was immediately enamored with the local artisan's fabric-making traditions.
"I was completely fascinated by the dyeing and printing processes, as well as how the finished product is used. Textiles become intimate companions in daily life, whether as a pillow, bedcover or sarong...I want all the colors, processes and designs from each culture to blend. I redesign them and mix up the processes in ways no one has ever done before. I try to edit them, learn from them, make them my own but retain their essence. In piggybacking these designs and techniques with each other or with my own ideas, what emerges is new and fresh, and yet retains that sense of tradition, of the handmade. When I need to hire someone to help, I pick the old printers. Their hands are shaky and their eyesight is poor, so the pattern comes out slightly off. I want to feel that human touch," says John.
Robshaw embraced his passion for the foreign arts and applied it to his work. His new line for Duralee allows us to get a splash of eastern Asia in the comfort of our own homes.