Here's someone to check out...internationally renowned home textile designer John Robshaw. He earned a fine arts degree at Pratt and studied traditional block printing in China. He then travelled to India to find natural indigo dye for his paintings. Instead, he fell in love with the local artisans’ fabric-making traditions and he has been developing amazing art ever since.
His mission statement: (which reminds me, I want a mission statement) "Our mission is to create original, handcrafted textiles from around the world. John Robshaw Textiles employs traditional printing, dying and weaving techniques, while reinterpreting them in ways that respect the integrity of the method to create original textiles. Every textile represents a story, a drawing of an adventure in a far–off place–from Yogakarta to Rajasthan, Bolivia to Vietnam. Arriving at textiles from painting and printmaking, I am interested in the mistakes, overlapping prints and the miss-registrations of woodblocks that record the human hand."
His work, not only has he mastered textiles, he also has a new line at Barnes & Noble, in stores and online.
The John Robshaw Collection portrays the beauty of India on items such as a tote bag, journals, note cards, accessory pouches, gift bag, and eco-friendly colored pencils. With each handmade or hand painted fabrication, John Robshaw shares his experiences of traveling through the rustic villages and exotic jungles of India. I love it.