Monday, 11 November 2019

Loewe: William De Morgan Collection

Premiering November 14, 2019.

 The work of British ceramicist William De Morgan is celebrated in LOEWE's new capsule collection conceived as a world of colour, texture and playful imagination.

De Morgan was renowned for his Arts and Crafts tile designs. Now his fantastic creatures and floral arabesques are reimagined in this capsule collection of ready-to-wear, accessories and charms for both men and women. Certain details are enlarged on coats and bags, while others are hand-stitched onto oversized scarves and knitwear. Some garments, such as a woollen dragon’s tail, or a horned knitted beanie, remake the wearer as a monster themselves. This is a collection in which the imagination is set free, and the magical is blended with the everyday.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts

A new series by the BBC!

In a timely social experiment, six modern day craftspeople are sent 'back in time' to live in a remote country house where they immerse themselves in the idealistic dreams of Arts and Crafts visionaries.
A group of 21st-century crafters move in to a late-1800s Victorian Arts & Crafts commune in the Welsh hills to renovate four of the key rooms in the house.

Find it online, or it will air in Canada on TVO Wednesday December 25th at 7pm.

Monday, 28 October 2019

Holiday Dinner!

Mark your calendars!

This year the WMSC will once again hold its annual Holiday Dinner at the UofT Faculty Club's Wedgwood Room!

UofT Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street
Wedgwood Room

December 17th, 2019
5:30 pm

The buffet dinner will include Vegetarian and Gluten-Free options.

Cost is inclusive of all taxes but excluding the bar.
$60 for Members
$65 for Non-members.

Download forms here and mail them to us with cheque enclosed.

Or fill in the Google form AND pay online:


Questions? Email us at

260 Fingers


Opening/Vernissage: Friday, November 8 6-9pm
Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10, 10am-5pm

Vernissage: vendredi, le 8 novembre de 18h à 21h
Samedi et dimanche, les 9 et 10 novembre de 10h à 17h

Free Admission Entrée libre


The Glebe Community Centre
175 Third Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1S 2K2

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Call for Emerging Scholar Speaker Series

The William Morris Society of Canada is looking for proposals from young and emerging scholars on the broad subject of the Arts and Crafts.
The topics may include, but are not limited to: the Pre-Raphaelites, William Morris (life and works), the handmade, craft, literature, poetry, textiles, furniture, ceramics, intersectional feminism, woodcarving, fashion, Socialism, popular culture, etc.

The WMSC asks that you submit a 250 word proposal to with the subject headline: "Emerging Scholar Speaker Series".
If you are an undergraduate, we ask for a 20-minute presentation. Graduate students and emerging scholars (within the first 5 years of your career) we ask for a 1-hour presentation.
Presentations will be given in Toronto, scheduled in 2020.

Due date is November 15th, 2019.

Monday, 23 September 2019

William Morris Tattoos

At our recent AGM, there was a brief discussion on Morris patterns coming back into fashion, and taking surprising forms.
Looking to William Morris-inspired tattoos, their depictions and interpretations are unique and lovely.

Minimalist design

Delicate with colour!

Bold statement

Vibrant colour!

Arm sleeve

A stunning use of colour

Monochromatic beauty

A stunning portrait from the National Trust (UK)

A wee Strawberry Thief

"Love is Enough"

Brilliant use of colour

Beautiful blue foliage

This mannequin design is perfect for a tattoo idea!

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

AGM and A Talk on African Textiles

A Reminder about our Annual General Meeting
Monday September 16th, 2019. 7pm

Location: Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue, Toronto 

A presentation on African Textiles follows:

Tent blanket from Mali

Following the Annual General Meeting, a presentation by Barbara McCann focusing on the historical background of cloth trading and migration of people, the use of cloth to express cultural values and important events, socio-economic issues including gender-based roles which have influenced textile development, as well as amazing innovations and use of recycled materials.

Getting there: St Patrick subway station