“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” This quote alone from William Morris could summarise the ideology of Arts & Crafts, a unique movement which triggered a veritable reform in the applied arts in England. Founded by John Ruskin, then put into practice by William Morris, the Arts & Crafts Movement promoted revolutionary ideas in Victorian England. In the middle of the 'soulless' Industrial Era, when objects were standardised, the Arts & Crafts Movement proposed a return to the aesthetic at the core of production. The work of artisans and design thus became the heart of this new ideology, which influenced styles throughout the world, translating the essential ideas of Arts & Crafts into design, architecture, and painting.
A professor of English at the University of Chicago, Oscar Lovell Triggs is the author of several works such as Browning and Whitman, A Study of Democracy and A Chapter in the History of the Arts and Crafts Movement. A great admirer of the poet Whitman, he has also edited an edition of Leaves of Grass. He was the founder of Staugatuck Press and editor of the Morris Society of Chicago newsletter.
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