I’m starting with a couple of images today because even if you haven’t heard of William Morris you will have seen some of his designs as his work had a major influence on interior decorations, fabrics, the fashion scene. Importantly the work of William Morris embodies what we have been talking about of late: geometric order, nature, patterns, and yes we have to say it - fanaticism! And to maintain order in my Blog- Gaudi was influenced by the work of Morris.
During his career, William Morris produced over 50 wallpapers. These designs – many of which feature in the Victoria & Albert Museum's extensive Morris collection – adopted a naturalistic and very British take on pattern that was both new and quietly radical.
William Morris (with Pre-Raphaelite friends) founded Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. (1861–1875), a furnishings & decorative arts manufacturer and retailer. In 1875 the firm became Morris & Co., having a great influence on the decoration of churches and houses up until 1940 when the firm closed down.
We are coming up to International Women's Day (8 March) so we must, of course, celebrate female artists. We will start with
Jane Morris (née Burden, 1839– 1914) embroiderer & English artists' model who embodied the Pre-Raphaelite ideal of beauty. She was muse to both William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti! Later she became William Morris' wife and their daughter Mary (May) Morris will be next to feature in our blog. A large slice of artistic ability is definitely inherited.