William Morris, Evolution of Design in Commercial Industry

Last updated on December 31st, 2015 at 07:30 pm

William Morris (1834 – 1896) was an artist, designer, printer, typographer, bookbinder, craftsman, poet, writer and champion of socialist ideals. Above all, he was also a leading member of Art and Crafts Movement.

William Morris‘ idealistic approach by mean of art design had greatly contributed on the relation of art appreciation with commercial industry. Both aspects are to be closely related.

By applying fine visual aestheticism to production of commercial design has, thus, become the key stage in evolution of design as we know today.

Design goes from decorative stained glass to commercial textile, and impressive wallpaper to ornamental border for press materials.

Below sharing his fine collection of print fabric and wallpapers.

Almost all the designs we use for surface decoration, wallpapers, textiles, and the like, I design myself. I have had to learn the theory and to some extent the practice of weaving, dyeing and textile printing: all of which I must admit has given me and still gives me a great deal of enjoyment. – William Morris (1834 – 1896)

Acanthus embroidered panel, designed Morris, 1890
Acanthus embroidered panel, designed Morris, 1890
Snakeshead printed textile, 1876
Snakeshead printed textile, 1876
Tulip and Willow, 1873, William Morris
Tulip and Willow, 1873, William Morris
Wallpaper - Hyacinth, pattern #480 - 1915-17, William Morris
Wallpaper – Hyacinth, pattern #480 – 1915-17, William Morris
Design for Windrush printed textile, 1881–83

Consolidation of Favorite Quotes. Installation Three

salvador dalí, Infinity

Last updated on December 31st, 2015 at 07:30 pm

Consolidation of my favorite quotes. Installation Three. The last of grouping those older posts.

  1. “Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” –  Salvador Dalí

  2. “Blogging is about breaking down everything you know into bite-sized chunks so that people can learn it all over a period of time. If they look back through the archives, they can often see the entire breadth of your knowledge.” –  James Chartrand of Men with Pens on Copyblogger.com blog post

  3. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain

  4. The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. – St. Augustine

  5. You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind. – Irish prover

  6. “At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.” –  Salvador Dalí

  7. I consider that the woods that make up the body (sides and back) of a guitar have very little influence on its sound since this depends more on the appropriate thicknesses selected and on the internal structure. – J. Ramirez III, “Things about the Guitar”

  8. Electric guitars are an abomination, whoever heard of an electric violin? An electric cello? Or for that matter an electric singer? – Andres Segovia

  9. “My guitar, I sing of thee ‘Tis with thee that I decoy And ensnare enchantingly the ladies I enjoy.” – Pierre de Ronsard

  10. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill

Consolidation of Favorite Quotes. Installation Two

laozi, traveler

Last updated on August 27th, 2013 at 04:32 pm

Consolidation of my favorite quotes. Installation Two.

  1. A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
    ~ Lao Tzu, 老子

  2. “Ever climbing, ever reaching. Ever striving, ever surpassing. Ever gaining, ever accumulating. For leaders this alone are ways to attain. And so for fifty years or more they repeat the pattern until stopped by circumstances, by disillusion, or by death.”
    ~ Lao Tzu, 老子 laozi, traveler

  3. “The photograph is not quite true to my own notion of my gentleness and sweetness of nature, but neither perhaps is my external appearance.”
    ~ A.E. Houseman 1859 – 1936: letter, 12 June 1922

  4. “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him. But of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves.”
    ~ Lao Tzu, 老子

  5. “Every now and then go away, have little relaxation; for when you come back to your work, your judgment will be surer. To remain constantly at work will cause you to lose power of judgment. When you go some distance away, then your work appears smaller, and more of it can be taken in at glance, so a lack of harmony or proportion is more readily seen.”
    ~ Leonardo da Vinci, (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519), High Renaissance Art Painter

  6. “The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.”
    ~ Lao Tzu, 老子

  7. “I don’t trust photographers. I’m now relaxed, contented 60-year-old, but look at my pictures and you see a crazy, bug-eyed serial killer.”
    ~ Richard Ingrams 1937- :in Observer 24 August 1997. On a photograph accompanying an Independent article to mark his 60th birthday

  8. “What I find interesting and wonderful about Greg’s (Smallman) )approach, is that he starts from admiring the traditonal – not knocking it, but wanting to know if it’s possible to improve it in some way. He has quite clearly done that for me. Basically, he is making the guitar a more musical instrument.”
    ~ John Williams in 1993, Classical Guitarist, Australia

  9. Picasso once said: “Good artists copy; great artists steal.”Going beyond imitation, not reinventing the wheel.

  10. “Every man’s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or anything else, is always a portrait of himself, and the more he tries to conceal himself the more clearly will his character appear in spite of him.”
    ~ Samuel Butler, Dec 1835 – Jun 1902, a novelist

Consolidation of my favorite quotes. There are inspiring, timeless and motivational.

There were from my older posts, where I’m trying to list it out in 3 installations.

Making as a re-post, while those singular post will be deleted.

This blog and the rest of them are undergoing an ‘overhaul’ of categories and tags.

Refining them by narrowing into primary and secondary topics, and omitting those arbitrary and irrelevant categories.