John Robshaw Prints: Textiles, Block Printing, Global Inspiration, and Interiors by John Robshaw with Elizabeth Garnsey
John Robshaw Prints: Textiles, Block Printing, Global Inspiration, and Interiors by John Robshaw with Elizabeth Garnsey (Chronicle Books, 2012)
Part travelogue, part autobiography, and part eye candy, this remarkable coffee table book is ultimately a celebration and homage to the craft of fabric printing. Written by John Robshaw with Elizabeth Garnsey, John Robshaw Prints: Textiles, Block Printing, Global Inspiration, and Interiors is a glorious montage of ideas, imagery, history, and how-to. Bringing the reader to exotic and fascinating locations, the narrative meanders delightfully, much like the intricate and stylish fabrics for which John Robshaw is famous. Robshaw takes us on a journey through India, where he spends time learning from traditional block printing artists, whose forebears have been practicing the craft for centuries. Through his words and pictures, we feel the heat, humidity, and history as he stirs dye in boiling cauldrons in a steamy courtyard. He also takes us to Thailand where the weaving of ikat cloth captures his imagination and sparks his creativity. This book explores where art and commerce intersect. While Robshaw studies and shows great respect for traditional crafts and techniques, he pushes the boundaries of the craft. The results are sumptuous, traditionally inspired products and designs that echo the past but are modern and distinctly his own.