arts and crafts

Muse of Designer William Morris

My favorite design style is the English Arts and Crafts. William Morris is one of the most famous artists of the style.  Morris was a social reformer, artists, author, textilist and an all round jack of all trades.  His wallpaper and textile designs are unmatched in my opinion. Two of my favorites are Chrysanthemum and Strawberry Thief.

William Morris Age 53 by Frederick Hollyer

William Morris Age 53 by Frederick Hollyer

 

Strawberry Thief, 1883, William Morris (1834-1896) V&A Museum no. T.586-1919

Strawberry Thief, 1883, William Morris (1834-1896) V&A Museum no. T.586-1919

Morris was also know for his association with the Pre-Raphialite movement. The woman who was his muse was his wife Jane Burden Morris who also sat for other artists such as Rossetti and was an accomplished embroiderer who personified the English Arts and Crafts movement.

by John Robert Parsons, copied by  Emery Walker Ltd, bromide print, July 1865. Source: National Portrait gallery

by John Robert Parsons, copied by Emery Walker Ltd, bromide print, July 1865. Source: National Portrait gallery

Proserpine (1874). Artist Rossetti.Tate Britain, London. Model Jane Morris.

Proserpine (1874). Artist Rossetti. Tate Britain, London. Model Jane Morris.