This Journey's Host
After earning a fine arts degree at Pratt and studying traditional block printing in China, John Robshaw journeyed to India to find natural indigo dye for his paintings. Instead, he fell in love with the fabric-making traditions of the local artisans. The hands-on immediacy and vitality of textiles piqued what was to become a lifelong fascination. John’s forays in Asia have taken him to the villages of Gujarat and Rajasthan, and here, his signature style emerged: luxury home goods crafted with the sophistication of modern design and the unexpected elegance of the handmade. Every season, John Robshaw Textiles presents prints expressed in diverse formats such as candles, eyeglasses, fabrics, wallpaper, furniture and loungewear. Robshaw continues to travel widely, learning and adapting regional approaches to color and design and employing local craftspeople from India, Thailand, and the Philippines to perpetuate his handmade aesthetic. He has also collaborated with Uniqlo, Lucky Jeans, S’well, Sea Star, Tocca and Duralee. In John’s words: ”By working abroad, I become a minor character in the lives of the people I work with, and get inspired by what I see and do there. I go to their weddings and celebrate their festivals. I develop relationships with the people who are teaching me. When you look at my textiles, it’s as if you’ve been on the world tour alongside me.” John looks forward to traveling with you in search of inspiration in Uzbekistan, a country he has visited many times.