To celebrate, this week’s Object of The Week is a William Morris creation, Evenlode, c. 1883-1917, which was featured in our 2016 exhibit "BLISS: Gardens Real and Imagined."
Morris was a prominent and visionary member of the Arts and Crafts Movement (late 19th to early 20th century). The late nineteenth century saw a revival in tradition British textile arts and production methods, largely due to Morris. Morris was inspired by the arts and crafts of the medieval era, and contemporary Pre-Raphaelite paintings. Morris was able to transform domestic spaces into romantic gardens with his stylized but naturalistic flora, fauna, and garden designs. Morris’ designs from his company, Morris & Co., were incredibly popular and fashionable, and greatly impacted Victorian interior decoration. In addition to tapestries, Morris designed furniture, wallpaper, stained glass windows, and fabrics.