Thursday, March 29, 2007

Support the William Morris Gallery

The William Morris Gallery is located in Walthamstow, London E17 and is under threat of closure.

This post is dedicated to the community of Walthamstow Forest art lovers everywhere who appreciate the politics and craft of William Morris and observe the right of access to public collections of siginificant cultural value and beauty :-)

Designer, Craftsman, Writer and Socialist William Morris was born at Elm House, Walthamstow, on 24th March 1834. He died, 'having done more work than most ten men', at Hammersmith on 3rd October 1896.

The WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY, opened by Prime Minister Clement Attlee in 1950, is the only public museum devoted to England's best known and most versatile designer. The Gallery is located at Walthamstow in Morris's family home from 1848 to 1856, the former Water House, a substantial Georgian dwelling of about 1750 which is set in its own extensive grounds (now Lloyd Park).

The Gallery's internationally important collections illustrate William Morris's life, work and influence. There are permanent displays of printed, woven and embroidered fabrics, rugs, carpets, wallpapers, furniture, stained glass and painted tiles designed by Morris himself and by Edward Burne-Jones, Philip Webb, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown and others who together founded the firm of Morris, Marshall, Company in 1861.

Please follow this link to sign the online petition.

Monday, March 26, 2007

craft in the media

A spring post dedicated to recent stuff in the press/tv/print featuring craft>

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Extreme Crafts 25 May - 8 August 2007
Siuolaikinio meno centras / Contemporary Art Centre
Vokieciu 2, LT-01130 Vilnius, Lithuania

Curated by Catherine Hemelryk & Jennie Syson
Call for participants/submissions

Extreme Crafts is an international exhibition project held in Vilnius. We
are looking for contributions for a part of the show called the Rogues
Gallery. We're looking for the weird and the wonderful, the inventive, the
amusing, the twisted, the political, the subversive and whatever is being
made at the fringes of the fringes. The project opens in May 2007.

To contribute or for more information get in touch by email:

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A new programme on Style network. Anyone seen it? It sounds pretty
awful... Who is Jason Jones?

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DIY ARTS AND CRAFTS NIGHTS - Just popping out for a swift paint
An article in The London Paper about social crafting activities in London.

HungaMunga We want people who think they can't make art to make art

offers you a rare chance to release the artist in you

CraftNight hosted at the Notting Hill Arts Club
Cutting edge music combined with the childhood thrill of making

something all by yourself. And then taking it proudly home.

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A cool new book I bought recently tho I have hardly had chance to look
though it ;-(

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OLD FRIENDS OF HAND AND FEET - socks and gloves
An article on knitting in the February edition of Turkish Airlines in-flight

In Anatolian culture, socks and gloves are a virtual lexicon of knitting
each one with its own distinct meaning.

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