Birds and Animals in William Morris Designs

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William Morris (1834-1896) is regarded by some as the greatest designer and one of the most outstanding figures of the Arts and Crafts Movement, this group of artists and craftsmen set up to provide beautiful, handcrafted products and furnishings for the home. Morris is much quoted as saying “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

He loved nature and his designs often featured birds, animals, plants and leaves. The examples below are his designs used on wallpapers, tapestries and interiors fabric by quality textile companies such as Liberty and Sanderson.

 

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‘Bird’ 1877-1888

 

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‘bird and rose’ 1883

 

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‘trellis’ 1862

 

strawberry thief

‘the strawberry thief’ 1883

 

bird & pomegranate

‘bird & pomegranate’

 

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brother rabbit / brer rabbit 1880

 

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‘greenery’ roe deer under an oak tree.

Part of a tapestry in the Museum of fine arts in Boston

 

the brook

‘the brook’

 

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 ‘hare and peacock’

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Weekly Blog – Number 2 – The Tale of Two Scarves

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I am always hesitant about buying fine wool scarves from flea markets or car-boot sales, as the chances are that the moths will have got to them. However at Ledburys first boot sale of the year I gave in to temptation.

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The first one from the 1980’s by my favourite designers of the time Collier Campbell, gorgeous and I wouldn’t have been in the least sorry to find a hole or two so that I won’t be tempted to sell it, but it is perfect..I’m still keeping it. It has name a date woven into one corner too. Sarah Campbell (the Campbell of Collier Campbell) is still busy working of wonderful designs, check our her website Sarah Campbell Designs. I recently wrote a blog about her early work which she very generously helped with.

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The second scarf was in the wonderful Hera peacock design from Liberty in purple. No such luck with the moths though, plenty of holes in this one, but it is lovely and big and will look great thrown over a chair. I don’t care about a few moth holes myself, just couldn’t sell it on.

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Collier Campbell Designs

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On my treasure hunts for vintage fabrics, among my very favourite finds are the vibrant and colourful designs by Collier Campbell who I have admired for many years.

The working design partnership of sisters Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell started in the 1960’s producing work for Liberty, Heals, Habitat and many others. They founded their company together in 1979/80. Their painterly designs like works of art will never date, many can be found in the V&A archives.

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‘Bauhaus’ for Liberty of London,

an iconic 1972 design which I gather was inspired by the Gunta Stolzl tapestry which hangs in the Bauhaus archive in Berlin

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‘Kasak’ for Liberty, reminding me of log-cabin patchwork.

970575_630617090290169_347078010_nSusan Collier and Sarah Campbell were the first women to win the Duke of Edinburgh’s Designer Prize in 1984 for their ‘Six Views’ fabric collection  ‘Cote d’Azure’ shown above in deep colourway,  being one of them.

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‘Sideshow’ designed for Heals in the 1970’s

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‘Clandon’ designed for Liberty.

After Susan Collier’s  death in 2011, Sarah Campbell now works under her own name producing wonderful designs for textiles and stationery. She has a website Sarah Campbell Designs and a great blog which is regularly updated showing what a busy enthusiastic and inspiring person she is.

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For further reading and exploration of  their work the book ‘The Collier Campbell Archive, 50 years of passion in pattern’ is available to buy from Amazon and any good bookshop.

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What People make with the Fabric I Sell – Vicky Trainor, Vintage Inspired Textile Designs.

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Vicky Trainor is a textiles, surface designer and craft maker who makes a variety of vintage inspired stationery from her studio. She works with brides, tea ladies, photographers, businesses, commercial greeting card companies and creative groups.

This lovely cushion brooch uses a variety of Liberty cotton lawn fabrics, such as  found in these  Liberty fabric bundles. Liberty designs are perfect for work such as this as often the patterns are small scale and the cotton lawn fabric is so fine and light to work with. Liberty of London are internationally recognized as leaders in fine cotton dress fabrics which they have been making since the 19th Century.

This vintage Sanderson cotton fabric is a design called  small wonder  from 1981  and  is perfect for showing off Vicky’s  pretty floral brooch made from a variety of  buttons and vintage fabrics including Liberty and Sanderson.

More vintage Sanderson fabric is being used here as background for linen labels. The design is Little Chelsea in soft blue and pink colours.

Vicky is a busy lady who writes  interesting blogs about her business and life in general,  her  facebook page  has lots of interesting links to her blogs and Etsy shop.

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