Tuesday, January 20, 2015

V&A in London - Japan and William Morris

To continue with some snapshots from the V&A museum, a few precious examples of the influence of Japanese art and design, including this kimono silk brought back from the Paris Exhibition of 1867: 

How about this 1881 book of Japanese crests - talk about sashiko inspiration ;).

"Butterfly Brocade" 1874-1876:

"Simplicity, purity of form, and strong feeling for nature" - leads us to William Morris:

So dimly lit in the galleries, surely to protect the artifacts.

And elsewhere in the gallery I did a double-take at this early highly stylized Liberty design - a 1904 panel for a cushion cover. At first glance those topiary-like trees could be Japanese crests, wouldn't you say?

And that's it... today it was back to school and work, the realities of a New England winter, and my usual daydreaming about quilting when I'm not actually quilting!


  1. Did you read Barbara Brackman's blog posts on the William Morris, and modern designs that aren't? Really interesting all through last year. I love William Morris and did a throw quilt I loved with the repro fabrics in the first line that came out in the 90s. These photos were really interesting to me, and someday I hope to visit that museum.

    1. Yes! I love Barbara Brackman's blogs - I always learn so much! I'm doing her "stars in a time warp" quilt along this year. #starsinatimewarp on Instagram!


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