William Morris was a British textile designer, poet, artist, novelist, translator and socialist activist associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement. He was a major contributor to the revival of traditional British textile arts and methods of production. The stimulus for this issue is his oft-quoted maxim: "If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
He himself was very ugly, but he liked beautiful things. Distinctly he recalled the moment of this realization.
New houses, cold and stark. / I like old wood scratches, gouges and marks / Leaded windows draughty damp and dark
Standing by the railway line, and the bridge overhead. Looked into the stars because they were many and secured up...
The long room runs from one side of the old mansion to the other, with original Georgian windows at each end rising...
I knew Christopher and Iben when they met and fell in love in Iceland, lolling in the hot water pools in the hills...
I find my eyes amongst the hailing greys, / central, like the principal teaching / in an overcrowded frame
This is what I was told.Our house was small and indistinct. My father was a fisherman. My mother, a midwife.
Warm fingertips press into my shoulder. In my periphery, I see Colin perched beside me, on the leather sofa’s narrow...
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