William Morris Museum

On a not so sunny afternoon my auntie, cousin and I decided to take a drive down to The William Morris museum in Walthamstow to explore the art and history of the man himself. A London born artist who designed some very famous intricate detailed art pieces.

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The exhibition was easy to follow, starting with his youngest years, where he grew up with his mother and father. The first room displayed a timeline with small paragraphs and photographs explaining his life from birth to the age of 6, along with some of his famous patterned wallpaper designs and portraits. My cousin was distracted by the interactive digital map which taught you the area Morris lived in as a child and the places he visited.

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The detail in the illustrated wallpaper had my eyes locked. Focusing on the colours which complimented each other perfectly, the intricate illustrations, so delicate. Every single aspect of William Morris’s work is designed individually, he never copied or a traced a single image. Every leaf and flower is drawn one by one.

Following the footsteps of other visitors we moved on to the second room. The colours in Morris’s work filled the room. I was attracted to the pottery which sat inside glass cases. The colours again complimenting each other perfectly and the patterns so beautifully done. When looking closely I realised that some of the details looked 3D (for example, the lime green plate design on the right.)

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The third room was more child friendly and interactive, there were a selection of different activities for the family to have a go at creating their own patterns. Drawing a section of Morris’s work using a view finder, weaving and putting puzzle together to get answers.

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In the last room I found some interesting historical stain glass windows and plaque designs. Which has helped to push some ideas my way for my Roman Road project. My favourite being the stain glass windows which were based on the story of Adam and Eve, when Adam was naming the animals of the world.

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There were more rooms to explore but we didn’t have time to see it all. Following the journey of his life from beginning to end I found some interesting facts and art pieces which will help me to develop my projects further.

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