Perpetuating the memory of one of the greatest men of the Victorian age
William Morris: Wallpaper Man is an exhibition of new work that responds to the legacy of William Morris. The work has been created by The Storybox Collective, a group of artists, designers, illustrators and writers working together to apply a serendipitous approach to collaborative making.
The Storybox Collective members are connected by their ties to Kingston School of Art. They are students, recent graduates and alumni with honorary membership extended to designer Patrick Thomas and to Sol Rubio King aged 4 whose work in collaboration with her mother Mar is featured in these highlights from the opening Private View of the exhibition.
Members of the collective are based in Bangkok, Berlin, Brighton, Manchester, Nantucket, Rotterdam, Sardinia and London. Interdisciplinary collaboration is at the heart of what they do, with each member identifying an area of interest, then working together to create work that responds to shared themes. Through discussion and exchange of ideas, the work has been curated into three group story boxes each linked by a quote from William Morris’s lectures.
The Collective’s definition of a story box is something that best communicates the narrative of the combined work. It can take any form: print, digital, moving image or object. For William Morris: Wallpaper Man the curatorial centrepiece sits in the lower library at the William Morris Society. It is a recycled acrylic model of Kelmscott House, Hammersmith with each floor, a story box hosting fragments of work that represent each work within the story box.
To see more works produced by Storybox Collective as part of this project and to learn more about these fantastic makers and their work please visit:
Please enjoy the short film below, which shows this acrylic model and some of the fantastic artwork produced by the collective. (filming by Brandon Pestano)