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Arts and Crafts Rugs for Craftsman Interiors: The Crab Tree Farm Collection
Gustav Stickley is revered not only as a furniture maker but also as a leading proponent for the American Arts and Crafts movement.87% (14)
He designed simple, well-made household furnishings and -forward-looking interiors, which he promoted through his magazine, The Craftsman (1901–1916). The rugs used in his interiors are arguably the most under-studied of all the decorative arts of the Arts and Crafts movement. Arts and Crafts Rugs for Craftsman Interiors considers both the rugs that The Craftsman recommended and designs by artists who influenced the work and philosophy of Stickley. Among the rugs discussed are works by British Arts and Crafts luminaries William Morris and Gavin Morton, druggets imported from India, Navajo blankets and rugs, and rare Crex and Abnakee examples. This essential publication illustrates the use of rugs in Craftsman settings and provides detailed descriptions and color photographs of more than sixty rugs drawn from the collection of Crab Tree Farm. 125 color illustrations
till we have built Jerusalem
St John the Baptist, Thaxted, Essex And did those feet in ancient time. Walk upon England's mountains green: And was the holy Lamb of God, On England's pleasant pastures seen! And did the Countenance Divine, Shine forth upon our clouded hills? And was Jerusalem builded here, Among these dark Satanic Mills? Bring me my Bow of burning gold; Bring me my Arrows of desire: Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold! Bring me my Chariot of fire! I will not cease from Mental Fight, Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand: Till we have built Jerusalem, In England's green & pleasant Land - William Blake, A Preface to Milton, 1804 The banner of Father Conrad Noel, Christian Socialist, Anglo-Catholic, English Nationalist, the 'Red Rector of Thaxted' . In 1910, a young London Priest called Father Conrad Noel was appointed to the living of Thaxted. He was a man of enormous energy and talent, and transformed Thaxted into a maelstrom of political and cultural activity. He remained vicar of Thaxted until his death in 1942. Conrad Noel set about galvanising the little town, making it a national centre for the English Crafts movement. When Arthur Mee visited Thaxted church in the 1940s he found the church hung and carpeted with colour, its tapestries, banners and vestments being the magnificent work of modern craftsmen inspired by the enterprise and fine judgement of the late incumbent (Conrad Noel) and his wife. Some of them we have all seen, for they were exhibited at the Wembley Exhibition (the Empire Exhibition of 1921). Today, almost all of these banners are gone, and the example in the photograph is one of the few survivors. The parish became a centre for other revived English traditions. Fr Noel's undoubted charisma, and his insistence that Christianity was about beauty and ritual, attracted many well-known artists, musicians and folklorists to Thaxted. The folk revival was happening across Europe in the 1920s and 1930s, and it is no coincidence that the Morris Ring found a friendly home in the town. English Morris Dancing still sees Thaxted as its home. The composer Gustav Holst moved to Thaxted, and Holst and Noel collaborated on musical events, creating the Thaxted Festival which still takes place every summer. Holst regularly played the organ at Mass in Thaxted church, and his compositon Thaxted, a reworking of the Jupiter theme in his Planets Suite, is best known today as a setting for the words of I Vow to thee my Country. When it was reused by the BBC for the Rugby World Cup anthem World in Union, the royalties went to Thaxted church. Working with them was Percy Dearmer, another left-wing Priest and musicologist. He was responsible for popularising Anglo-Catholic forms of liturgy and worship based on his research into the music and liturgy of the medieval church. He was also editor of the Oxford Book of Carols which almost single-handedly reintroduced the idea of Christmas carol services to English churches. Other musical figures who became associated with Thaxted included the composers Ralph Vaughan Williams and Martin Shaw. Vaughan WIlliams already had a considerable track record in collecting English folk tunes and working them into his own compositions. Shaw, best known today for hymn tunes like Little Cornard ('Hills of the North Rejoice') and Bunessan ('Morning has Broken'), wrote an Anglican Folk Mass for Thaxted church. Another prominent figure in the Thaxted Movement was Joseph Needham, Cambridge professor and expert on Chinese Medicine, whose intellectual rigor gave a backbone to the folk tradition which Noel was allowing to live and breathe in his parish. Needham and his wife Dorothy were promoters of the Gymnosophist movement, in which young gymnasts would perform their routines naked, as in Ancient Greece. Gymnosophy was very popular in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s, but perhaps it is as well that it did not catch on in Thaxted. Conrad Noel had been one of the founders of the Church Socialist League in 1906, but he left it in 1918 to found the Catholic Crusade. Like several Anglo-catholic Priests, Noel was also a member of the Independent Labour Party, and in 1911 he became a founding member of the British Socialist Party. In the 1920s, his most notorious action was to hang the Socialist Red Flag, the Irish Tricolor and the English Flag of St George side by side in the south transept. It is worth saying that, even today, hanging the Flag of St George in a parish church is unusual, and in Noel's day it was considered suspicious, for the more usual flag to be hung in parish churches is the Union flag as a sign of the protestant credentials of the Established Church. The flag of St George was considered evidence of Anglo-Catholic sympathies. The Irish Tricolor was even more controversial of course, for Ireland, although not yet a republic, was a newly independent nStill Life (The Desert)
I bathe in delusional waters. There I peek out from underneath my casketed shroud to see what lies on the other end of the room. The glistening haze protrudes through the walls to end at the balcony, where two swordsman duel and dance at the same time. They walk, parry, step, step, step, in a sidelong and whimsical waltz through the hallways. Sword clashes against sword. Parry, step, step, step. The haze thins to a perceptible air, but all the while, "Don't Breath" roams through my head like a mad proselyte. The clash of the dancers can be heard from the threshold. My mind is in a fury. Suddenly, the cow from the pastures is standing on its hind, swirling a glass of port, bumming a cigarette off of my unpaid butler, and commenting on the lighting fixtures. "Is this your world?," I ask the curious bovine. The butler replied, "1784, good sir (incidentally, only 200 years before Mr. Orwell's set of quips)." The clanking, clashing, stops. The dancers, are they finally resting? Maybe they have tired of the empty and entirely inane bout. What was it for, anyway? I dream of a strange world. In that world, the things are fixed and useful. The people behave with necessity. God is the unfolding order of the world, in place in every universal law of gravitation. Then I wake up to this world. And forget my dream.
Great book featuring the art and work of English interior designer and Arts and Crafts artist William Morris. 120 color and black and white illustrations of textiles designed by Morris: florals, patterns, tapestry design, printed textiles, carpets, woven textiles, printed cloth and embroidery. Includes catalog of repeating patterns with 144 color illustrations of Morris patterns and designs. List of public institutions with Morris in collections. Notes / bibliography. Softcover. 192 pages. Measures 8 1/2 by 11 inches. Interesting book, nicely illustrated.Similar posts:
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