William Morris, Evolution of Design in Commercial Industry

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

You Should Date a Girl Who Reads, Rosemarie Urquico

An all-time favorites and probably the longest English quote by Rosemarie Urquico. Entitled “You Should Date a Girl Who Reads“.

Estimated to about 700 words apiece. Describing an anonymous character of a girl who read. Almost 99.9% of the quote sentences stressing on the wholesome goodness of a girl who read.

Nothing else.

Typically, a bookworm doing nothing more than to read, read, read, and read. And read.

The beauty of this girl is her literacy for books.

Interestingly, author adds on to advocate and encourage readers, supposedly the boys, to know more about this girl by means of “Buy her another cup of coffee.”, and “It’s easy to date a girl who reads.

The sense of humor comes at the very last line of this quote has totally bi-polarized the entire subject-matter.

It says “Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”

Not in a contradicting manner, however, looking it as a super-improvised of how author wanting readers to act spontaneously after reading the lenghty quote.

I have to say I enjoy reading this quote. Simply makes me smile. But also slightly unfavorable for not mentioning today’s new-age girls.

James Joyce’s Ulysses and author Murakami were mentioned in this quote. Both, the former has been my favorites too.

Maybe, this quote was written in 10 years ago. Not sure. No source found who is Rosemarie Urquico. From The Philippines or a Spaniard? Unknown. Unfounded.

Nowadays, I hardly find girls who sit on cafe with folks who read old newspaper of yesterday’s news.

These days, girls love pubs and clubs with glamorous high heels, looking sophisticated with their electronics gadgets. To see and to be seen. Music club, not book club with Amazon Kindle.

Just like… A happy slender damselfly loves the shallow water ponds, hither and thither, she flies. Yet, unaware of stealthy pike fish basking near the surface will open his bestial jaws and gobble up in a single snap.

With social media such as Facebook, being so addictive, the new generation girls would probably choose to stay online with handheld devices and Candy-Crush-Saga.

Girls sleep with their handheld device too. Placing it next to their puffy pillow.

How would one be disciplined by holding a book, read, coffee, and be gadget-less?

I really like the quote. Worth the read for a mesmerizing quote.

Read it with a lighted heart.

Or better yet, date a boy who blogs.”

No Attribution. From Morguefile.com

“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
― Rosemarie Urquico

Consolidation of Favorite Quotes. Installation Three

salvador dalí, Infinity

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