|William Morris, Woodpecker Tapestry, 1885, wool on cotton linng|
|William Morris, Bird and Vine Wallpaper|
across the country.
Although there were no "rules", there were common themes and aesthetics that drove these styles. Objects were simple in form, well made, and you could often see how they were constructed. The quality of materials was high and the workmanship very fine. Plants, animals, birds - nature in general were common themes whether the materials were fibers, wood, pottery, glass, metals, ....
|Katharine Lord. Lace fan mount. 1910.|
|Poppyland fabric by Liberty, c. 1912 - 1913.|
|Rookwood Pottery, Thistle, c. 1910|
|George C. Haite, Crocus, block printed on cotton and linen blend.|
|CFA Voysey carpet|
|Gustav Stickley settee, 1905. Oak and rush.|
|Gustav Stickley linen press.|
|Pauline Wright Irby Nichols, tablerunner, c. 1916. Linen and embroidery floss.|
|Joseph Fortune Meyer, vase, 1904. High glaze on buff clay body.|
The William Morris Gallery (London) website
The Victoria and Albert Museum website
The William Morris website - yes, the company is still in business and selling textiles!
The San Diego Museum of Art has a nice video introduction to a Stickley exhibit they hosted a couple of years ago.
And if you are especially interested in textiles, you might want to check out Textiles of the Arts and Crafts Movement by Linda Parry. I highly recommend it - and Amazon carries it!
Happy Creating! Deborah
Lovely article, Deborah. I've always found the Craftsman designs fascinating and beautiful, however I never bothered to research it and find the link to William Morris. Thank you!ReplyDelete
The Craftsman movement in the US makes me think of Virginia Lee Burton and the Folly Cove Designers located in Massachusetts. If you haven't, you should look at some of their beautiful work, which is not dissimilar from Craftsman. Lee Burton (author of 'Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel' among others) was a driving design force in the group and it's such a pity that she never found time to finish off her 'how to make a good design' notes. They would have been a joy.
Thanks for this inspiration!
All the best,
I've always loved Virginia Lee Burton's books - Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel was one of my favorites when I was little! And thank you so much for the info on the Folly Cove Designers - I now have a new source for fabric inspirations. Beautiful work - and it looks like they definitely were inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement!Delete