Cloth, T91.0145
Posted: Jan 8th, 2020 | Collection Spotlight

Happy Easter!

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.

This cloth was printed in William Morris’ Merton-Abbey, and the pattern was registered on September 2, 1883. Made using techniques of roller-printing the length of cotton cloth, and lined with navy cotton. The repeat of the pattern is 53.5 x 22.5 cm. Faced with blue lining, the selvedges are folded over and hemmed, with Morris & Co. is printed along selvedge. Machine sewn mostly used, with some hand sewn attributes.

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