Thursday, 18 March 2010

William Morris & Grace Sanderson Thomson & coincidence

My maternal great-grandmother Grace Sanderson Thomson
Coincidently, the essence of my vintage passion can be found distilled in these exquisite Sanderson fabrics.. "the colours of yesteryear" as a dear old Indian lady once said of them.
I have more recently been drawn to the life & philosophies of William Morris (1834-1896) leader of the "Arts & Crafts Movement" ; a social dynamic that emerged in the search for authentic & meaningful styles for the late 19th Century.  Reacting to the soulessness generated by the industrial revolution a group of English designers & writers started  a return to well made handcrafted goods as competition to poor quality machine made products. (nothing's changed then!)
William was a social activist, artist, designer, typogragher, creative writer, poet, language translater & stained glass artisan...he established Morris & Company the forefounding company of Sanderson & Sons that produce my beloved fabrics.
William Morris is most often quoted as saying "Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful"
William Morris Thistle wallpaper

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