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Any discussion of the Arts & Crafts movement must always begin with William Morris. He was so formative to the movement that it would never have taken place without him.
Morris went to Oxford with Edward Burne-Jones. They both intended on becoming ministers. However, they met Gabriel Dante Rossetti and the rest of the Pre-Raphaelite artists. They were so bowled over that they changed their life path so as to both became artists.
The two men remained life long friends and sometime collaborators. Burne-Jones became a leading painter while Morris single handedly led the Arts & Crafts movement in England.
Morris gave up painting so that he could pursue design. He could design just about anything. His myriad textile designs, his furniture and stained glass windows are well known.
Morris believed that industrialization was an alienating and dehumanizing process. His goal was to unite the arts for the decoration of the home with simple forms echoing nature. This was to reverse alienation and dehumanization.
His Arts and Crafts movement did not promote a particular style. He stuck with his overall goal: as machines replaced workers, the Arts and Crafts movement advanced the handmade and the designer as craftsman.
Ordinarily someone this industrious and driven would be an entrepreneurial capitalist. William Morris, however, was a radical socialist, who wanted his work to be enjoyed by ordinary people.
This was not even Morris’s sole field. He was also a published writer.
The movement spread to America but the American Arts and Crafts movement did not embrace Morris’s socialism. The American movement remained otherwise linked to the British movement and William Morris.
Like most movements, this one waned over time, especially as the cities and use of technology rose. Handmade Arts and Crafts movements are frequently revived throughout time because of the societal need to counter alienation and dehumanization of people.