Friday, 12 April 2019

Morris & Co collaboration with Selamat


Morris designs in the media once again!

Morris' designs have seemingly once again captured the popular imagination, appearing in films and design shows, and have recently been part of a number of reimaginings and collaborations across clothing and furniture.

"A selection of Morris & Co.’s internationally recognized designs have been reimagined by Selamat..."

What are your opinions on the pared-down look of muted tones and simplified designs?

Here are just some of our favourites:








Visit the website here:


Sunday, 24 March 2019

WMSC 185th Birthday Celebration!

Thank you to everyone that cake to our symposium, and celebrated Morris' 185th Birthday with us!
The toast this year was given by Max Donnelly, "Fellowship is heaven" indeed!

The cake pattern this year was Seaweed!









The cake was chocolate with a mascarpone-black currant filling!
The cake was made by WMSC Board Member Lera Kotsyuba!

Watch the video below to see two days of work condensed into 4 minutes!


Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Symposium 2019: Arts and Crafts Furniture



Arts & Crafts Furniture: Classic A&C to Contemporary Artisinal
Saturday March 23rd, 2019



Programme

10am - Max Donnelly - Morris and the making of Arts and Crafts furniture in Britain

11am - Brad Christakos - The Arts and Crafts Movement in Canadian Domestic Decorative Arts

11:45 LUNCH

1:15pm - Peter Fleming - Part of the Furniture

2pm - Leigh Dotey

2:15 - Q & A

2:45pm - 185th birthday party for William Morris and CAKE!


DOWNLOAD the registration form HERE due MARCH 15th, 2019!


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Buy Tickets online below:



Attendees

Thursday, 28 February 2019

The Commodification of William Morris: Emotive Links in a Mass-Produced World

Canada has lost one of its foremost champions of craft this past week, Dr. Sandra Alfoldy.

Her writing extended into many of the threads surrounding making, not least of them into questioning the role of mass-production.

Shared here is the abstract to her article: The Commodification of William Morris: Emotive Links in a Mass-Produced World



Abstract

This article seeks to understand the inconsistencies between William Morris's socialist ideas and his business practices, by exploring their constant impacts on consumers of Morris-inspired products. Although pleasant decorative motifs, the commercial reproductions of Morris's designs are often perceived as meaningless, since they do not support any particular ideology. While offering the reader some details of Morris's life and work, particularly on the founding of Morris & Co. and his conversion to socialism, the growth of the conflict between these two interests may be emphasized. The successful development by Morris of interior design products that could be described as "ethical" resulted in a change in ideals on the part of the designer vis-a-vis the craftsmen, who until then had been responsible for the creation of an entire object, but which became with the creation of the new role of designer, performers in the manufacture of design products. This article draws on the first sources to give meaning to Morris's treatment of its workers in the context of its socialist principles. Using the new cultural theories, especially those formulated by Raymond Williams, Antonio Gramsci and Stuart Hall, the author ends his article by linking Morris' original philosophies with contemporary uses of his designs, and the power of identity of Consumption and Political Identity Identifying the Work of William Morris. then responsible for the creation of an entire object, but which became with the creation of the new role of designer, performers in the manufacture of design products. This article draws on the first sources to give meaning to Morris's treatment of its workers in the context of its socialist principles. Using the new cultural theories, especially those formulated by Raymond Williams, Antonio Gramsci and Stuart Hall, the author ends his article by linking Morris' original philosophies with contemporary uses of his designs, and the power of identity of Consumption and Political Identity Identifying the Work of William Morris. then responsible for the creation of an entire object, but which became with the creation of the new role of designer, performers in the manufacture of design products. This article draws on the first sources to give meaning to Morris's treatment of its workers in the context of its socialist principles. Using the new cultural theories, especially those formulated by Raymond Williams, Antonio Gramsci and Stuart Hall, the author ends his article by linking Morris' original philosophies with contemporary uses of his designs, and the power of identity of Consumption and Political Identity Identifying the Work of William Morris. performers in the manufacture of design products. This article draws on the first sources to give meaning to Morris's treatment of its workers in the context of its socialist principles. Using the new cultural theories, especially those formulated by Raymond Williams, Antonio Gramsci and Stuart Hall, the author ends his article by linking Morris' original philosophies with contemporary uses of his designs, and the power of identity of Consumption and Political Identity Identifying the Work of William Morris. performers in the manufacture of design products. This article draws on the first sources to give meaning to Morris's treatment of its workers in the context of its socialist principles. Using the new cultural theories, especially those formulated by Raymond Williams, Antonio Gramsci and Stuart Hall, the author ends his article by linking Morris' original philosophies with contemporary uses of his designs, and the power of identity of Consumption and Political Identity Identifying the Work of William Morris.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Symposium 2019 Announced!

The 2019 Symposium is themed:

Arts & Crafts Furniture: Classic A&C to Contemporary Artisinal
Saturday March 23rd, 2019



Programme

10am - Max Donnelly - Morris and the making of Arts and Crafts furniture in Britain

11am - Brad Christakos - The Arts and Crafts Movement in Canadian Domestic Decorative Arts

11:45 LUNCH

1:15pm - Peter Fleming - Part of the Furniture

2pm - Leigh Dotey

2:15 - Q & A

2:45pm - 185th birthday party for William Morris and CAKE!


DOWNLOAD the registration form HERE due MARCH 15th, 2019!



Attendees

Monday, 31 December 2018

Happy New Year 2019!

Here are some photos from our holiday party, at the gorgeous Wedgewood Room at the UofT Faculty Club on December 19th, 2018!

(Entrence) 

(Inside the room with some WMSC members!)

(A different view!)

(The tree)

(The chandelier)

(more room details)

(Our President Susan Pekelis saying a few words)

Happy 2019!

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Neighbours of Kelmscott Manor in a fury

Kelmscott Manor, the Cotswolds retreat of William Morris


Kelmscott Manor in the Cotswolds, the former home of the Victorian designer William Morris, is a landmark beloved by residents in the tiny neighbouring village.

So when the building’s owners won a £4.3 million lottery grant to save the manor house from ruin, it should have been a source of celebration for the 100 locals in Kelmscott. Instead they are furious.

The villagers are aghast at plans to bring 40,000 tourists a year past their homes, protesting that it will turn their picturesque village of only 34 houses, one church and one pub, into a “Disney-like” attraction...Read more