William Morris-Another visit.

This time I went to a gallery in Walthamstow.

Morris was born here to well-t0-do parents.

Even after his studies he returned to London.

We know him for his connection with the Pre-Raphaelite group.

The gallery shows his various sources of inspiration from Classical figures to Nature.

The embroideries for the patterns were exceptional in their detail.

His work included textiles, wall paper and ceramics.

He was also a poet.

His wife completed the needlework with him.

His ethos was a reaction to Victorian Interior Design.

His was fluent and highly coloured art.

Queen Victoria used him.

We do not have to feel that his art cannot be replicated.

Rather we should also be content to use Nature as an inspiration for design.

We do not need to follow the dictates of rigid guidelines.

It is better to create our own style.

This is what Morris advocated.

http://www.annesmithdesigns.co.uk/gallery

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