art & photography

Arts & Crafts Book Cover Design

Being a fan of William Morris and the Arts & Crafts Movement (and for his pioneering science fiction, environmentalism and politics as much as his artistic influence), this exhibition sounds rather interesting: From Rossetti to Voysey: Arts & Crafts Stamped Cloth Book Cover Design, at Blackwell in Cumbria.

The exhibition brings together books with case-bound cloth covers by well known artists and designers, published between 1866 and 1911 and issued by commercial publishers. The featured designers read like a roll-call of the leading names of the day, including: DG Rossetti, William Morris, Philip Webb, Charles Ricketts, Walter Crane, Laurence Housman and Gleeson White.

The covers have been selected on the grounds of their style and for the proximity of their designers to the core of the Arts & Crafts Movement. Most of those included had work shown at the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society; four of the designers were Masters of the Art Workers Guild.

By Mark Newton

Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.