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William Morris (DELETED)

William Morris (DELETED)

Decorative Naturalist

William Morris (1834-1896) was one of the most celebrated practitioners of the Arts and Crafts Movement. He embraced the ideal of craftspeople taking pride in their personal handiwork as opposed to the dehumanising onslaught of the Industrial Revolution. In creating woven and printed textile patterns (only one area expressed by his remarkable talents), Morris chose to work with the ancient technique of hand woodblock printing. He famously said that any decoration is futile when it does not remind you of something beyond itself. He sought inspiration for his famous repeating patterns from the natural world around him, mille-fleurs tapestries and early prints of herbs as well as the crispness and abundance of exquisite detail in medieval art. His evocations of antique florals and plants in all their profusion, depth of tone and magical gradation of tints have become design classics gracing the decorative arts, including our journal covers.

One of the most influential designers of the 19th century, William Morris strove to reintroduce a rich quality and uniform style into the decorative arts, attributes he felt were being lost to progress. The ultra size journals feature the artist's work-in-progress on the front, with the printed design on the back.

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