BOOK: William Morris Flowers
William Morris Flowers, by Rowan Bain
A passionate advocate of craftsmanship over mass-production, William Morris (1834–96) designed a huge variety of objects, but it is his highly original carpet, fabric and wallpaper patterns that have continued to capture the imagination and exert their influence on the decorative arts. Around 600 such designs are attributed to Morris, of which the vast majority are based on natural forms, including trees, plants and flowers.
This beautifully designed book offers a wealth of designs by Morris in which flowers are the principal motif, bringing together not only completed patterns but also working drawings in pen and watercolour, and examples of his pearwood, floral-pattern printing blocks. It also explores examples of the sources that inspired Morris’s flower-based designs including his own gardens at the Red House in Kent, Kelmscott Manor in Oxfordshire and elsewhere.
Authored by Rowan Bain, curator at the William Morris Gallery, and lavishly illustrated with almost 100 colour illustrations, this exquisite book will both inform and delight.
Publisher: Thames and Hudson
Pub date: 12 Sept 2019
Pages: 143 pages
Dimensions: 171 x 18 x 190 mm
Related to May Morris: Art & Life at Dovecot Studios 28 November 2019 – 14 March 2020. Exhibition organised by William Morris Gallery.
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