The fabrics are created by John Robshaw and unlike many today that are old traditional prints, these are reinterpretations of them. This means that inspiration comes from the traditional but they are original, modern and gorgeous!
I am usually one to go for the ‘old’, the textile with a story but John Robshaw has managed to still keep that, and add ‘sparkle’. He does this by respecting the traditional methods of painting and print-making, keeping the intended meanings of the fabrics (to tell stories) and still valuing the mistakes that mark a hand-printed fabric and as he puts it “records the human hand.”
These pictures (above) are from his video. Click here to view it.
Another ‘drawing-in’ point for me was that he went to India to learn about Indigo dyeing. This is one of my big dreams!!! Just reading how he describes the indigo dyeing and woodblock printing process makes me go all dreamy eyed:
â€œItâ€™s so simple and natural. You touch a woodblock to wet clay and then to the fabric. After the clay dries, you dip the cloth into the indigo vat and the clay stays on. One dip gives the fabric a sky-blue color, two dips and it deepens to cobalt, three dips and itâ€™s a saturated midnight blue. Then the fabric is laid out to dry in the sun and later the clay is washed off. The dyer says the indigo vats are like a mistress because they need constant attention. 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.â€