Thursday, February 08, 2018

The Story Continues . . . Watch our Quilting Arts Episode
Legendary artisans influence today's fabrics

As we explore our unique relationship with The Original Morris & Co., we are taken aback by the influences in today's quilting by legendary and iconic artisans.  Van Gogh, Monet, Maxfield Parrish and more continue to influence today's quilter and fabrics not only in their hand or illustrative painting styles but also their color palettes.
Host Susan Brubaker Knapp (left) and guest Luana Rubin (right) talk about
the influences of William Morris on modern textiles on Quilting Arts airing now on PBS.
Textile and quilt expert Luana Rubin, from, talks about the influences of these iconic artists and how they inspire and influence today's quilting in an episode of Quilting Art, airing now on your local Public Broadcasting Station.  

Of course, William Morris is part of the discussion.  A true renaissance man, he worked in textiles and embroideries, murals and stain glassed windows plus he was a poet, a writer and a publisher.   
A lot of William Morris work included applique. Our FreeSpirit True Morris
quilt featuring Kelmscott and Merton collections is true to to the vision
of William Morris. 
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
Today, you can find an interpretation of William Morris in fabrics that have been scaled up, scaled down or recolored in more tonal hues or brighter colors.  The beauty of the fabrics from FreeSpirit and The Original Morris & Co is the authenticity of his iconic designs like  
Strawberry Theives, Willow, Chrysanthemum, Snakeshead and more in classic color palettes that speak to his original works and are true to his vision. 

To see the segment and learn more about the influences of William Morris, click here

Iconic William Morris designs including (left to right) Chrysanthemum, Strawberry Theives
and Snakeshead authentically reproduced by FreeSpirit

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