Author(s): Hazel Maskell
Discover the aesthetic made popular by the designer William Morris during the last decades of the 1800s and the beginning of the twentieth century. Illustrations to colour include designs taken from wallpapers and fabrics, stained glass windows, ceramics, book illuminations, glassware and jewellery. With snippets of information about the movement. Following on from the work of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, the Arts and Crafts Movement was both a design "look" and a philosophy. Inspired by the works of the writer John Ruskin, designer William Morris and artist Edward Burne-Jones were keen to move Britain's tastes away from mass-produced, superficial design and re-introduce quality design — produced by artistans and craftspeople — such as had existed before the industrial revolution. A fascinating introduction to the beautiful works of art and design created during this period. Featuring designs by William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, Charles Rennie Macintosh and other leading Arts and Crafts practitioners.