If youre into fabric, John Robshaw is probably on your radar. The New York-based textile designer studied block printing in Asia and has used those methods and more in his line of bedding, pillows and other home decor products.
By STACY DOWNS
The Kansas City Star
As a consultant for Aid to Artisans, Robshaw has helped create economic opportunities for craftspeople in Bolivia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. At the same time, hes helped shape a global look for the home.
Robshaws new debut book John Robshaw Prints: Textiles, Block Printing, Global Inspiration, and Interiors (Chronicle Books, $40) is a colorful around-the-world pictorial, showing artisans batiking in Java, indigo printing in India and weaving ikat in Thailand. Mixed in with vivid photographs are letters from Robshaws travels, tips for incorporating textiles into a home and lots of fabric designs. The cover of the 176-page book is fabric, making it a tactile experience.
Wholl like this book: Fabric fanatics and armchair travelers
Who wont: Monochromatic minimalists
Words of wisdom: I prefer to keep things unpredictable and a bit risky, so that I remain open to learning and seeing new things. As the saying goes, I like to be out on the skinny branches.
Style in a nutshell: National Geographic/interior design mashup