Inspired by William Morris (Recorded Webinar)


An online event held to launch our showcase exhibition for 2024

We were delighted to host a webinar with three of our leading experts on William Morris to brief members on our Inspired by William Morris exhibition.

William Morris described the two leading passions of his life as the desire to create beautiful things and ‘hatred of modern civilisation’. Most of us are familiar with his designs and art but he was also a writer and poet with a fascination of the Icelandic Sagas. He was in every way a radical, in both thought and action.

The webinar contributors were hand-picked to shine further light on Morris’s passions:

Jess Clayworth – Lead Designer at Morris & Co
Caitlin Stracey – Archive Manager at Morris & Co
Peter Cormack – Vice-President of the BSMGP and author of Arts & Crafts Stained Glass

Peter clearly needs no introduction to Society members as the authority on stained glass of the period. But you will be interested to learn that Jess’s job is effectively to keep William Morris’s designs at the forefront of everyone’s minds by deciding which of his prints to produce globally as wallpapers and fabrics each season – often reimagining how he would have made them relevant to today’s consumers. Whilst Caitlin and the archive team are custodians of a wonderful collection of ‘treasures’ which houses historical log books, samples of every wallpaper, printed and woven textiles and original wooden printing blocks.

We are calling for our members to make a 30cm square glass panel for an online exhibition in 2024. Some of the panels will be selected to visit the International Festival of Glass in Stourbridge in a new exhibition stand sponsored by Sanderson. You can download the full brief here: Inspired by William Morris Exhibition.

Download the free recording (with subtitles) to join us as we think about the past and consider how our craft can look at Morris afresh and communicate his ethos to a modern audience.

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