Perpetuating the memory of one of the greatest men of the Victorian age

Online Session – William Morris: Wallpaper Man; Useful/Beautiful

May 6, 2021 18:30-20:00

William Morris: Wallpaper Man is an exhibition of new work made in collaboration with the William Morris Society that explores the legacy of William Morris as a visionary thinker and ‘protector’ of natural and man-made environments. The work, created by The Storybox Collective—a group of artists, designers and writers—explores the resonance of Morris’ work in the context of the ecological and political issues of today.

This event entitled: Useful/Beautiful examines themes of craft and innovation and features work that is curated by two quotes from Morris: “I believe machines can do everything – except make works of art” from Art and the Beauty of the Earth (1884) and “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” from The Beauty of Life (1880). Each maker will present their response to the project, followed by a panel conversation in which members of the Collective will discuss their inspiration and understanding of Morris and the significance of craft in the digital world of today:

“Craft is a form of intelligence, an ingenuity that can shift in accordance with a changing world” – Alexander Langlands, from ‘Craft: How traditional Crafts Are About More Than Just Making”

Image: © Ella Chedburn, 2020

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