July 19, 2014

A Passage to Olana

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Sitting under a billowing white tent on the lawn of Olana, Frederic Church’s Moorish manse and studio overlooking the Hudson, I listened intently to one of my idols, textile print designer and guru John Robshaw, in conversation with antique dealer and Lockwood de Forest maven, David Petrovsky.  Their discussion of travels to India, and the powerful influence of its decorative traditions, crafts, patterns and prints fanned the flames of my own wanderlust, and desire to learn the art of block printing from the masters there.

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After the talk John Robshaw signed my copy of his lavishly illustrated home decor book and memoir, John Robshaw Prints.

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