Meet the Maker

Watch Rob Jones of Romor Designs stitch and then dye a Shibori cushion using Japanese indigo and see his studio underneath the railway arches in Hackney, East London.


London-based Romor Designs was formed in the autumn of 2015 by Rob Jones, a shibori textiles designer and natural dyer.

Having discovered Shibori, the ancient Japanese art of resist dyeing, at West Dean college, Rob went on to study in Japan under indigo guru, Bryan Whitehead.

In 2018, Rob returned to Japan to expand his Japanese textiles skills, visiting Ise, the home of Katagami stencilling and buying supplies to set up his own teaching practice back in the UK.

He also visited the Sashiko museum in Hinohara and brought back sashiko thread and vintage textiles and is now teaching Sashiko and Boro classes as well.

Rob’s passion is in finding the new in the old, building on the tradition and centuries of skill that shibori has behind it. He believes in taking work in new directions by combining techniques and inventing his own forms.

A core component of Rob’s work is his love of colour and pattern, which he brings to light in his colour saturated and complex fabrics. As lampshades, rich colours take on new life when lit, casting bright shadows; in home textiles, patterns are broken and reassembled to produce new and original forms.

Rob has a keen eye for detail and only selects the best dyed material from which to make finished pieces. Every piece is assembled with care to ensure a beautiful and unique item that will last.

To this end Rob’s work focusses on providing the structure to contain the organic nature of the dyes and processes he uses and carefully selecting those which will form the most compelling pieces.

Rob starts each day with a meditation to clear his mind and help him to focus on the tasks ahead. Every day is different and unique, much like the work he creates.

I love pattern and am endlessly fascinated by the way natural dyes move through fabric. Although I determine the form of the patterns I create, I still get excited to see how the dye has moved every time I open a new piece

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Indigo dyed shibori textiles
West Dean College, Chichester
Janice Gunner

Arashi pole bound shibori
West Dean College, Chichester
Anne Selby

Shibori and indigo dyeing
West Dean College, Chichester                                                  
Mandy Southan

Japanese indigo dyed shibori and katazome textiles
Fujino, Japan
Bryan Whitehead                                                                           

Silk painting using Japanese inspired techniques
(Rozome, wax resist)
West Dean College, Chichester
Mandy Southan

Using the found: stitch, cloth and memory – experimental textiles
West Dean College, Chichester
Cas Holmes

Natural dyeing
Duchy of Cornwall, Lostwithiel
Michel Garcia

Fabric manipulation
West Dean College, Chichester
Ruth Singer

Japanese indigo dyed shibori and katazome textiles
West Dean College, Chichester
Bryan Whitehead                                                                           


West Dean

Shibori Techniques for Textiles Artists (Intermediate/Advanced)

30 July - 3 August 2018

Past shows and exhibitions

MADE Canary Wharf              
Canary Wharf, London
April 2018, March 2019

Contemporary Textiles Fair          
March 2018, March 2019

Top Drawer              
January 2018

Mary Ward House, Holborn
December 2017

Sparkle Contemporary Craft Fair
Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington
November 2017

Handmade Kew (selected for curated by Dan Goode)
Kew Gardens
October 2017

Hyper Japan, with Sam Sake
Tobacco Dock, London
July 2017

MADE Bloomsbury              
Mary Ward House, Holborn
May 2017

PikaPika at Home: Japanese Accents for London Living
Sway Gallery, Old Street
April 2017

Country Living
Alexandra Palace
April 2017

Colour Saturation” (with Jessamy Harvey, jeweller and Isabella Lepri, potter)
Craft Central, Clerkenwell
November 2016

MADE London
Marylebone, London
October 2016