I have known John for over 15 years & vividly remember having his beautiful business card passed on by photographer, Andrea Gentl then tracking him down in his 29th Street showroom in NYC and being transported to faraway magical place.
His beautifully cloth bound book, ‘John Robshaw Prints: Textiles, Block Printing, Global inspiration and Interiors’ is part travel journal , part memoir, part guide with an informative step-by-step outline to woodblock printing in India.
He shares his own story of following his wanderlust curiosity and passions to embark on an remarkable career with a global business in textiles & furniture for home with many extraordinary adventures along the way - with his vision he has reinvented Indian textiles and how we approach them in our interiors & lives.
‘Let my studio be hallowed by large adventurous thoughts; and a feeling of security and isolation from the banalities of life; by dreams, and bold imaginings.’
Charles E. Burchfield, Journals Nov.17 1933
Q&A with Sibella & John
Indigo of course. It can be in so many shades from midnight with fog to watery ink depending on how it’s made. Never a dull color.
Go-to textile base
Cotton linen as it gets some of that slubby linen feel with the support of cotton.
What entices you travel to a place
I first start on a textile mission, a textile I am learning about and have not seen a lot of in person. Then of course tasty food and if you have a beach somewhere nearby it’s a done deal.
Fav hotel/place to stay
I love the Imperial in Delhi. It’s old India cleaned and buffed. Lovely gardens and morning dosa can’t be beat.
Preferred mode of transport
I like the old ambassador taxis with their lace window curtains and enough room in the back seats to lie down with headphones and ignore the chaos of traffic flying by.
Stand out 5 shops in the world
That’s a tough one... I would say for me some small textile dealers who I won’t mention as they are top secret. Otherwise I like good old John Derian in NY and ABC is fun to ramble around. In Dehli all of Hauz Khas Village which is constantly changing with cool new little boutiques, and Fabindia for its woven ill-fitting shirts.
People or person (dead or alive) that have inspired your well-trodden path
Jim Thompson for his lifestyle of reviving a silk empire and having cool dinner parties at his house along the Klong River, Donald Judd for his visions of creating Marfa, Texas studios and museums in the middle of nowhere, Cy Twombly for living in Rome in an old villa and making paintings that look like they are part of the old villas, and Paul Bowles for being on the road and nailing that experience and the characters you stumble into.