Friday, August 12, 2011

Quotes from the Arts & Crafts Movement

Jacki's Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cake
Writing is like fine wine (or like a perfect cake), and I refuse to rush a good post. To whet your appetite for next week's introduction of May Morris, the princess of the Arts & Crafts Movement in England, I offer these quotes from a few of the artists and social reformers of the late 1800s to early 1900s.

"The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life." ~William Morris (1834-1896)

Skycorner #16, Joseph Guggino
"Art is not a thing; it is a way." ~Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)

"If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." ~William Morris (1834-1896)

Freedom Without Boundaries
"We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them." ~Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)

"If she pursues her craft with due care, and one might even say with enthusiasm, however, she will not only taste the keen pleasure which every one feels in creative work, however unpretending, but the product will be such as others will be careful to preserve: this in itself being an incentive to good work." ~May Morris (1862-1938)

Tonic Design Studio, Mount Vernon

Photo credits featuring artists I know.
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  1. Looking forward to the next article!

  2. Such interesting combinations in this post. Loved the early fathers quotes!