Inspired by William Morris
Following on from the success of last academic year’s Mound themed project, our Art scholars have researched not only the multi-faceted domestic designs by William Morris (A House 1848-51), but his far-reaching thoughts about economics, politics, social well-being and the importance of nature and architecture across societies in order to acquire a more rounded and deeper understanding of this most remarkable, prophetic individual.
The brief was to respond to any aspect of William Morris, create an original visual composition and edition these themselves 55 times. Thus, each Art scholar receives an original print contained in a hand-made portfolio box by the 38 pupils (across each of the years) and 5 members of staff who took part. The stunning and very beautiful cover was designed by Clemmie C.
This unique project gathered momentum last October and was completed in April. The Art School was a hive of activity on ‘Morris Thursday Afternoons’. Not only were the lino relief-printing presses put to maximum use, but pupils embraced digital technologies with cogent gusto. The collective result speaks for itself.
One of the portfolio boxes has already been gifted to the Royal Academy of Printmaking, the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, in London. Another portfolio box will be sent to the William Morris Museum.
Edward Twohig RE
Head of Art