A Closer look …… with Fiona James
The latest in our series of talks, the idea being to encourage a more questioning approach to an artist, works of art and/or an artistic movement.
A Closer Look………………at the Arts and Crafts House
Although short-lived the Arts and Crafts Movement produced some unique domestic architecture.
Its architects and designers envisaged an art of living that would sweep away the unnecessary clutter of the Victorian house replacing it with homes that were simple, full of light, at one with nature and visibly hand-crafted.
Houses like Rodmarton Manor in the Cotswolds and Blackwell in The Lake District demonstrate how architects (and owners) wanted to create homes which ‘were beautiful yet appropriate for household use’ – a reference to William Morris’s idea that a beautiful house should be like a work of art and ‘a thing most longed for’.
A talk that considers the ideal of home for the arts and craft architect.