Sunday, 12 March 2017

Two Favourite Fellows

Mr William Morris- textile/carpet and wallpaper designer, poet, novelist, translator of Icelandic sagas, painter and social activist.

Mr Kaffe Fassett- needlepointer, artist, ceramicist, knitter and quilter

Both hugely talented fellows in their respective fields [not jealous in the slightest spit, spit!] I love the breadth of work of both of them in equal measure.

Standen, a local National Trust property, is a magnificent example of the very best of the Arts and Crafts movement. The whole interior is streamlined and flows beautifully from the furniture to the decor. It was designed by Morris's architect friend, Philip Webb and decorated with the Morris wallpapers, carpets and fabrics throughout. The colour scheme throughout is light, enhanced by white panelling and beautiful detailing.

Without a doubt this one's in my top five and I've been back a fair few times. The most recent visit though has to rate the best so far as they're currently running an exhibition of Kaffe Fassett's work [until 23rd April]...two for the price of none as it's free for NT members. Excellent!














Arilx


4 comments:

  1. Ditto on the appreciation of both men. I prefer the eclectic style of but would find hard to live with a lot of Kaffe Fasset's work, William Morris has a wonderful style, more gentle, more companiable but would not intentionally decorate in that style, preferring to appreciating it visually elsewhere.

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    1. I agree on both counts. Love Kaffe's work, but I think it might be a bit like living in a permanent kaleidoscope. My tastes are too broad to fit any one style known to man. Follower of fashion I am not!
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  2. Standen sounds just up my street! I adore the Arts and Crafts movement, having been brought up in an Arts and Crafts house. Wightwick Manor in Wolverhampton is a must see if you're ever in our neck of the woods. The William Morris wallpaper and De Morgan tiles are to die for. xxx

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    1. I think you would love it Vix. I've been to Wightwick and it's fab. Standen has a lighter feel colour wise with lots of lovely De Morgan pottery pieces too. I honestly couldn't choose between them interior wise but I think Wightwick is better outside!
      Arilx

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