Pattern Occurring 101 - William Morris & John Henry Dearle

When commencing my Pattern Occurring 101, I thought it only right to start is with one of the greatest textile and surface designers ever, William Morris and his apprentice/co worker John Henry Dearle. Predictable I know, but very essential.  I have already covered a few of my favourites so be sure to check those out if you haven't already Lucienne Day, William Killburn and Anna Maria Garthwaite.

WIlliam Morris (1834- 1896) Is one of the major contributors to what is now known as the Arts and Craft Movement. He was profoundly influenced by the Pre Raphaelites, Medieval arts, the writings of John Ruskin and poetry of Tennyson. Morris rejected industrialization for hand craftsmanship. Elevating the craftsman to artist and creating affordable hand-made goods.  Morris's unequalled genius continues to floor me and is is still cherished and adored world wide today.  His vast legacy includes poetry, writing, manuscript illuminations, calligraphy, tapestry, stained glass, furniture, textiles and wallpapers. It can also be credited to Morris, the huge a love affair and respect for print and pattern in the UK. His influence is also clearly seen through the works of several other designers such as John Henry Dearle.

You may be forgiven for not knowing John Henry Dearle. Beginning in his teens as a shop assistant and then design apprentice, Dearle rose to become Morris & Co.'s chief designer by 1890.  Dearle created designs for tapestries, embroideries, wallpapers, woven and printed textiles, stained glass, and carpets. Following Morris's death in 1896, Dearle was appointed Art Director of the firm, and became its principal stained glass designer on the death of Burne-Jones in 1898. 

Morris's reputation overshadowed Dearle's work throughout Dearle's career: Dearle exhibited early patterns under Morris's name and Dearle designs continue to be sold as Morris patterns. Critical assessment of Dearle's work then underwent a significant change, during the final decades of the twentieth century, recognizing Dearle's mature work as having a unique artistic vision of its own. Dearle always remained close to Morris's aesthetic, however should be more readily recognized in it's own right.

The BBC's Sherlock

The jury is out! I have a infatuation with print and pattern. Is it healthy? I'm not sure.  I was just on the Zoffany websight and I was like... Oh I know that wallpaper it was used in the BBC's Sherlock.

As well as the BBC's Sherlock being this most modern and riveting rendition of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic, it is also full of stunning costume and set design. Great job BBC. Can't wait for series 3 in the autumn.

Sherlocks living room-  Nureyev wallpaper 

Sherlocks living room- Nureyev wallpaper 

Sherlocks hallway wallpaper- Sanderson Finches

Sherlocks hallway wallpaper-Sanderson Finches

Liberty of London

I can't really put into words how i feel about liberty.  I have no real interest in sports, so a visit to Liberty of London for me is like having front row seats at the Olympics. Awe inspiring and emotional.  Liberty houses the best of British and international talent and print seems to touch nearly ever product, furniture or garment on display.  But maybe what makes Liberty so special to me is that there is only one, housed in a beautifulThe tudor style building itself is stunning.  Just a side note, if you are calling in you must pop into the tea room for a slice of Victoria sponge cake!

zoffany Trade Routes

zoffany Trade Routes

gift wrap

gift wrap

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liberty fox

liberty fox

Changing of the guard -Liberty

Changing of the guard -Liberty

no ordinary windows -Liberty

no ordinary windows -Liberty

CCTV-Liberty

CCTV-Liberty

I'd rather take the stairs-Liberty

I'd rather take the stairs-Liberty

Marthe Armitage Wallpaper-Liberty tea room

Marthe Armitage Wallpaper-Liberty tea room

Me Old China

Me Old China is cockney rhyming slang when referring to a mate, as in plate, china plate, mate... get it? Well i just spent a few days with me old China plate and it is true what they say, birds of a feather flock together.  Can you see why? Below is just a small sample of the many prints and patterns Hannah has in and around her home. There is even one of mine!