Friday, March 24, 2017

Textile Designer: William Morris born 183 years ago

William Morris, textile designer, poet, social activist and one of the main figures of the Arts and Crafts Movement was born on March 24, 1834, 183 years ago.

When I first saw the designs of William Morris, I was immediately in love with his gracefully undulating florals, and stylized design elements inspired by nature.  His design aesthetics influenced my work greatly, and using plants and critters in my wallpaper and fabric design is still my favourite subject matter. 

Photograph of William Morris by Frederick Hollyer, 1884, platinum print. Museum no. 7715-1938, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Photograph of William Morris by Frederick Hollyer, 1884, platinum print. Museum no. 7715-1938, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Windrush  pencil and watercolour sketch for textile design, 1881-83
William Morris Fruit or Pomegranate, 1864
William Morris sketch for Trellis, 1864
William Morris Honeysuckle, 1876