Because of the “Northern Lights of Adelaide” video by Pam Holland (click on “Articles”) there have been questions about William Morris. I found a short history. Thank you to HistoricStlye.com for permission to reprint the history below. Historicstyle.com has a wonderful view of his styles in wallpaper click here.
"William Morris designed wallpaper, fabric and tile patterns, which have remained in production for over a century. Widely acknowledged as the father of the Arts & Crafts movement in England and North America, Morris worked to re-establish the value of hand crafted work in the industrial 19th century. His dictum: "Have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful" is as valid today as it was when he wrote it in 1880. [I hope Alex doesn´t read this quote! I´ve gotten used to living indoors.--Capt´n John]
A man of prodigious energy, Morris was also a painter, and a respected poet who was asked to be England´s poet laureate by Queen Victoria, an honour he declined. Morris´ other talents included designing and weaving tapestries and carpets, designing furniture and designing the typography for his own books.
His visionary writings in his book News from Nowhere described a future Britain where art, peace, decency and harmony with nature have triumphed. Morris also founded the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, which continues Morris´ work today".
|For a more detailed history of William Morris go to Wikipedia.
Did you know about William Morris fabrics and designs before this?