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Surname 1 Student's Name Professor's Name Course Date Books and Literacy According to William Morris Introduction Morris was a prominent affiliate of the arts and craft movement. He is reputed for his decoration designs mostly on wallpapers as well as fabrics. Morris's dream of connecting art and industry using fine art in the production of a viable strategy was a crucial phase in the development of the policy. He was a designer, artist, printer, bookbinder, typographer, poet, craftsman, champion of socialist principles and writer who believed that a designer ought to possess a working knowledge for any media that he made use of. Therefore, he consumed much of his time learning some skills and practices. Like other designers, Morris was experienced in various arts and crafts. He established Kelmscott press that printed high-quality handbooks. The media was influential in reviving the secluded press (McDonald 45). On the other hand, The Arts & Crafts movement began in the 19th century in response the moral, aesthetic and social chaos that was created by the industrial revolution and William was the founder as well as the leader. Morris hated the cheerful and cheap products of production, the awful living and working conditions of the people and the inadequate ethical principles of the era. To date, his philosophical ideas are important to the face of design as well as practice (McDonald 50). Pre-Raphealite Brotherhood William Morris met Edward Burne at Exeter College while studying. The two extensively read the medieval chronicles, history, as well as poetry that were available to them. They also
Surname 2 wrote daily. Morris was able to print his first work of poetry at the age of 24 (Morris 60). He continued writing and publishing for his entire life. After their graduation, the two tried numerous occupations, but eventually, they became artists where they became admirers of Dante Gabriel Rossetti who was the founder of the Pre-Raphealite brotherhood which embraced Ruskin's ideologies. Morris did not stay for long as a painter; he eventually found his design vocation when he was creating his own home. Morris & Co. Morris founded an interior design firm in the year 1860 with his friends out of the experiences and knowledge he had obtained in crafting while building his home. He started changing the look of home interiors as well as the design studio. He brought all sorts of artisans together under his studio and began to implement the ideas of Ruskin of combining art as well as the craft with the aim of making beautiful stuff for the home (Morris 68). Additionally, Morris encouraged the craftsmen to study the principles of art and design and not only production. This was aimed at enabling them to reintegrate the principles of production into the production of their commodities. The commodities that they designed and made were made with integrity that an artisan could be proud of as well as find joy in the making. This could also make the owner consider the commodities on par with the works of art such as the Morris chair.

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