In the 1980’s I first became aware of William Morris and the Arts & Crafts Movement. I love that his designs so beautifully reflect nature and that he endeavored to honor hand crafted art.
In the 1860‘s he and a group of artists and crafts women & men joined together. And combining their varied talents of textile design, weaving, silk screening, wood craft, pottery and many more they created the “Arts & Crafts” movement. This movement grew and flourished throughout Europe and the United States. Even today its' influence can still be seen in fashion & decor.
Now, when painting a scarf or textile design I remember Morris’ golden rule:
“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
William Morris (1834 -1896)
|William Morris "Evenlode" fabric design 1883|
|MaryAnita Winklea "Turkish Garden" fabric design 2007|
|MaryAnita Winklea "Vines" Hand painted scarf 2014|