Thursday, July 02, 2009

On Arabic patterns

This going to be on BBC Radio4 on the 7th of July...

Morris was influenced by Islamic ideas of what art should be and led to his famous advice to "have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful".

Morris loved designs drawing on the natural world, the use of repetition and symmetry and he believed everyday objects should be beautiful. He espoused the philosophy that art should be affordable and hand-made – this was already a reality in the Islamic world. Not stopping at arts and crafts, he was a passionate advocate of social utopianism and believed in the rights of the worker.

This all reminds me of Hell's passage, the Turf, my true love, and Jane Burden aka (Jane Morris) a remarkable storys BOTH of them!



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