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Not only do we love Morris’ extraordinary textiles, we’re also big fans of William Morris the man. Often working at odds to the British Establishment, his radical ideas on design and society put him amongst the eminent reformers and visionaries of his age. Morris’ explorations in textile design led both to the revival of traditional crafts and the discovery of new methods. His designs were revolutionary, combining a force, purity of silhouette and elegance previously unseen. Morris’ respect for production processes and techniques took his designs beyond their surface intent, rooting them as genuine objects of truth and beauty – and as an avowed socialist, his romantic aim was to make this level of beauty available to all. A true polymath, Morris’ talent extended to poetry, typography, art, publishing and politics, but it’s his ground breaking textiles, which were at the heart of the Arts and Crafts movement, that show his true genius. London’s Victoria and Albert Museum boasts one of the greatest collections of Morris’ work in every medium, of which highlights can be seen in their British Galleries.
Today we marvel at the intricacy, vision and beauty of these designs. And they work equally beautifully at scale; we can enlarge and crop these designs to any size you require, to turn these timeless classics into a unique contemporary statement.
And as pattern takes centre stage in our V&A catalogue, with William Morris at its heart, we’re also featuring designs by Charles Voysey, Morris’ contemporary from the Arts and Crafts movement, as well as a range of sumptuous 1950s textiles and other fabric designs. Treat yourself to a feast of pattern.
Name William Morris
Category Galleries & Museums
Date 1834 – 1896
Portrait photograph courtesy of V&A Images.
A celebration of the finest artwork from the orient, The V&A's current exhibition 'Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 - 1900' brings together the finest examples of Chinese painting from the beginning of the 8th to the end of the 19th century, from small-scale intimate works by monks and literati through to scroll paintings over 14 metres long, many of which have never before been seen in the UK.
Charting the evolving styles and subjects of painting over a 1200 year period, the exhibition includes figure paintings on silk for religious sites, landscape painting and the introduction of Western influences.
You can capture the authentic nature of these masterpieces within our V&A collection by exploring classic imagery of scrolls, ink and watercolour paintings from the most defining dynasties of the orient.