Saturday, 13 October 2018

May Morris

Before our lecture today, we chose the winner of the Chair's challenge
Congratulations Jean B. for your winning nurse figure
Other entries...

This was followed by a display from our newly formed Jets group

Our lecture today from Hannah who is based at Wightwick Manor about May Morris the daughter of William and Jane Morris
May was an avid socialist and founder of the Women's Guild of Art
"Honeysuckle" embroidery which sold for approximately £50,000 by Jane who embroidered but didn't design.
Jane taught her daughters to embroider. Here is the bed of William Morris designed by May. The knot pattern is indicative of May.
May with her husband Henry Spalding and on the right George Bernard Shaw (described as the love of May's life)

May taught at the Birmingham school of Art.
"Decorative Needlework" by May. Her design was also for jewellery in the Arts and Craft style which was very different from the contemporary art of the time 
May died 1938 and is buried with her father William Morris.


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