History of Design: Industrial Revolution & Graphic Reactions Reflection – William Morris

The Arts and Crafts movement was mainly influenced by William Morris, a British textile artist (among many other things). An ethos of craftsmanship and artisan skills dominated this movement, as well as the belief that good art and design can improve lives. Textile pieces produced during this movement usually used good quality raw material, natural dye and plant and animal forms in the design.

A famous example of this would be the Pimpernel wallpaper, which has a naturalistic design that captures realistic forms, and the type of flowers used have meaning to them. For example, the usage of windswept flowers refers to fragility.

Image Source: https://www.stylelibrary.com/shop/wallpaper/archive-wallpapers/pimpernel/

 

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