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William Morris, Wallpapers and Textiles Jo Banham Wednesday 06 February 2019

William Morris was a one-man pattern-making phenomenon whose work had a powerful and lasting impact on many areas of interior design. He is best-known today as a designer of wallpapers and textiles and this lecture examines the development and production of his work in these media from his early medievalising patterns to his more naturalistic and then more stylised mature style. It explores the sources and inspiration for his designs, which also included embroideries and tapestries as well as cotton and woven textiles and hand-printed wallpapers, and the extraordinary energy that Morris devoted to reviving historic forms of dyeing and weaving. It also looks at how and where his patterns were used, and their role and influence within the broader context of 19th century design.

William Morris, Strawberry Thief, 1883, image courtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum