The Arts and Crafts Movement

The Arts and Crafts movement was an international design movement that originated in England and flourished from 1880-1910. The idea behind the movement was that good design was linked to reformers’ notions of good society.

This image shows collaboration by two lead players in the Arts & Crafts movement, thinker John Ruskin and designer William Morris. The design was created by Morris and is used in a chapter of Ruskin’s treatise on Venetian architecture, The Nature of Gothic (1892).

Players in the Arts and Crafts Movement strived to bring art into the daily life of all classes. Therefore artists of the movement often devoted much attention to design for textiles and wallpapers, such as this “Trellis” wallpaper design by Morris.

The Arts and Crafts movement had a major impact on the design of fine press and trade books. The movement brought about increased production values and the idea of “the book beautiful.” Walter Crane produced exceptionally beautiful children’s books including “A Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden” pictured here.

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