Monday, March 7, 2016

William Morris Influences My Work!

On my recent trip to England, especially the Cotswolds, I was reintroduced to William Morris. William Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) was an English textile designer, poet, novelist, and social activist. Associated with the British  Arts and Crafts Movement, he was a major contributor to the revival of traditional British textile arts and methods of production. His literary contributions helped to establish the modern fantasy genre, while he played a significant role in propagating the early socialist movement in Britain.

Morris is recognized as one of the most significant cultural figures of Victorian Britain; though best known in his lifetime as a poet, he posthumously became better known for his designs. Founded in 1955, the William Morris Society is devoted to his legacy, while multiple biographies and studies of his work have seen publication. Many of the buildings associated with his life are open to visitors, much of his work can be found in art galleries and museums, and his designs are still in production.

i love his wallpaper designs and have incorporated some of his floral and nature designs in some works I am doing.

I am deciding whether I want to use them on their own or incorporate them into elements of collage for mixed media work such as: 


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