Last night's L-atitude event celebrating textile designer John Robshaw was a dreamy trip to Imperial New Delhi filled with luxury bedding, decorative pillows, tabletop linens and more. Establishing an "inner" scared space evoking the energy of sacred ceremony, John aims to spin the prayer wheels all the way into your home. Gauging from the fine energy in his gorgeous New York showroom last night, he succeeds with aplomb.
Things to know about John and his master craft:
A fine arts graduate of Pratt, Robshaw specialized in traditional block printing in China. Catching the Asia bug, he sourced his natural indigo dye in India, falling in love with local artisan textile traditions.
Working alongside artisans in villages of Gujarat and Rajasthan, India, John crafted court batiks in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and his block printed sarongs and vegetable-dyed ikats in Thailand.
For his signature look he used his own ?painterly aesthetic? employing traditional methods for an updated spin on the exotic. He now works in workshops around India, travelling several months each year to oversee production and experiment hands-on.
John is a consultant for ?Aid to Artisans? a nonprofit community dedicated to creating economic opportunities for craftspeople in developing countries. Most recently he travelled to Vietnam, Cambodia, Zimbabwe, and Bolivia to stay involved. http://www.aidtoartisans.org/
Best of all, he has an online souk selling items he has collected including antique textiles and rare objects daring you to time travel with him.
June 23, 2011
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