Friday, November 7, 2008

Golden Lily......

British Born William Morris (1834-1896), although I don't agree with his political standpoint, I do love his designs!
As part of the English Arts and Crafts movement, he established his firm Morris and Company in 1875 which he was his sole direction, he mastered the design and production of stained glass, wallpaper, printed and woven textiles, carpet and tapestry. Through his work he was in pursuit of what he called "the beauty of life". Before 1875 the company was known as Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Company, to it's members it was known as "The Firm". They called themselves "fine art workmen" with the common goal of achieving 'earthly paradise'. At the time, it was unusual for artists to turn their attention to designing objects to decorate the home.

After Morris' death, John Henry Dearle (1860-1932) who was his protege, took over as artistic director of the firm and guided it almost to it's end.
Above is my favorite drawing, and created in John's time directing the firm. "Drawing for Golden Lily Wallpaper (detail)" 1897, Watercolor and Graphite on Paper.

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