Monday, April 5, 2010

John Robshaw Visits Blue Springs Home

We love John Robshaw... and his bedding line...

This is a collage made from "ELLE DECOR" and "HOUSE BEAUTIFUL"magazine clippings for John Robshaw. Our in-house stylist Tania put it together just in time for his visit to Blue Springs Home.

Owner of Blue Springs Home, Susan Ellison is seen here with John as they discuss the latest catalogue. John is a believer in visiting the stores that carry his line. He appreciates our feedback and suggestions for new product. John told us all about his new ideas for next season. It sounds fantastic!

We put this colorful bed together for Johns visit. We used old Afghan rugs and fabric pieces to compliment his line. The quilt on the bed is a vintage french quilt that John seemed to really like. (left to right- Lisa, Susan, Stephanie and John)

John Robshaw fabrics have inspired us to bring in more old ethnic pieces, which Susan loves.

According to John, in regards to creative influence, "Nothing is off limits. Everything is fair game."

John spoke amongst a panel at the famous Pacific Design Center in L.A. on how he launched his career in textiles. He made it very clear that Interior Designers helped bridge him from print to textiles. Speakers included Joan Weissman who started her career in pottery that led to textiles/rugs and Christopher Farr of the UK, a well known textile/rug designer. The event was held at the fabulous Thomas Lavin showroom. The discussion was very interesting and helpful to aspiring artists. --The main lesson was to -follow your artistic dreams!

John Robshaw received a Master of Arts in Print Making which led to experimentation with textiles and fabrics. Many successful artists started their career with a classical background in fine arts. Coincidentally Susan Ellison started her career in textiles and collecting antiques at an early age too. (Stephanie shown with John Robshaw at the Pacific Design Center.

You can see the Indian influence in the bold colors and intricate designs on these pillows. John has a close relationship with the sewers and blockers at his factory in India. Some are small groups of women that hand sew his materials.

This yellow mixes well with this seasons collection. Blue Springs Home is thrilled to carry this line in our store. Thanks for coming by John!

Photos and Text by Stephanie Ellison of Blue Springs Home

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