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The hidden influence of Islamic art, from Cartier to William Morris

What is culture? In today’s globalized world, we are familiar with seeing various cultural objects and ornamentation outside of their original location or context. If culture is not fixed and bound to a particular location, how does culture move and transform?. Ornamentation in Islamic art—patterned decoration or embellishment seen...
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Review: The Business of Beauty at the Art Institute Displays William Morris’ Genius in Home Textiles and Design

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” English textile designer William Morris said in 1880. The statement represented his business mission in promoting true craft and persuading the masses that they should not settle for cheap, mass-produced junk. That quote still represents William Morris’ artistic vision, 140 years later, and now appears on everything from coffee mugs to wallpapers and t-shirts.
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In pictures: Home of designer William Morris reopens to the public

Once described by William Morris as a "heaven on earth", a 16th Century manor house in Oxfordshire reopens on Friday after a major refurbishment courtesy of a multimillion-pound Heritage Lottery grant. Kelmscott Manor, the country home where Morris lived with his family for 67 years, is now owned by the...

The Guardian view on William Morris: a man for all seasons

“I am writing among the gables and rook-haunted trees, with a sense of the place being almost too beautiful to live in,” wrote William Morris in 1872, the year after he co-signed the lease on Kelmscott Manor in Oxfordshire, which next week reopens to the public after a three-year, multimillion-pound refurbishment. Anyone who has seen designs by Morris will have seen motifs inspired by Kelmscott: Strawberry Thief, for instance, or Willow Bough.

Jay Jacobs, former William Morris music agent, dead at 79

Jay Jacobs, a retired music agent who worked with the William Morris Agency for three decades, died Thursday, Billboard reported. He was 79. Jacobs died at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, California, after a brief battle with lung and bone cancer, according to Deadline. Jacobs’ clients included The...
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