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The Arts and Crafts Movement - A Response to Industrialization

The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer - 1896 - book - paper with half holland binding - WMG (William Morris Gallery) London (click photo for larger image)The Arts and Crafts Movement was a celebration of individual design and craftsmanship. It developed as a reaction against the transformation of Britain that took place as a result of the industrial revolution. William Morris (1834-1896) who spearheaded the movement, is particularly remembered as a book designer. He also produced stained glass, textiles and wallpaper, in addition to being a painter and writer. Morris and his colleagues influenced the decoration of churches and houses into the early 20th century. As an author, illustrator and medievalist, Morris helped to establish the modern fantasy genre. Indeed, his work had a direct influence on such authors as J.R.R. Tolkien.


William Morris’s Birthplace Reopens

William Morris by Frederick HollyerA Museum in east London celebrating the legacy of William Morris has recently reopened.

British artist William Morris (1834-1896) was a leader and champion of the English Arts and Crafts movement, as well as an artist, writer, and libertarian socialist.

“Unless people care about carrying on their business without making the world hideous, how can they care about Art?”

Morris firmly believed in the beauty of pride of the handmade object--which he believed encompassed the entirely of the manmade world.