May 3, 2014

Willam Morris Beads

You know when an artist just speaks your language?  Their images just make your soul sing?  Designer William Morris speaks my language - loud and clear.  Mr. Morris was a textile designer who was part of the Arts & Crafts Movement which celebrated the marriage of nature, design and the handmade. The Arts and Crafts Movement was from the 1860s-1910's.

"It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and often applied medieval, romantic or folk styles of decoration." - Wikipedia

That my kind of movement!   Inpsired by William Morris' designs and colors I created three sets of pendants and beads in a few of my favorite styles.

Above is Honeysuckle.  Oh my gosh, I loved tasting honeysuckle as a kid and every time I smell those sweet blossoms it takes me right back to my childhood.
This set is called Willow Bough inspired by the branches of a Weeping Willow tree.  I love, love this design. Jess made me the most spectacular jewelry box with the pattern on the front of it.  It's definitely near and dear to my heart.

And the last design is called Windrush.  I've seen it in several colorways over the years but decided to go with a blue/teal monochromatic design.

You can find these in my Etsy shop.  I only have a few sets available now. These are some of the new styles I will have at Bead & Button this year as I'm working on a series of Art Inspired beads.  Which ones are your favorite?

10 comments:

Saraccino said...

Love them all! And William Morris work... I just would love to have it all integrated into my apartment, as wall paper, fabric, whatever! At least I have beautiful mugs from the V&A in London with his pattern ;)

Maneki said...

Gorgeous! They're all pretty, especially the pendants, but my favourite is the honeysuckle pendant.

kilnfiredart said...

Beautiful, love them all

Kathy Lindemer said...

Great inspiration and gorgeous beads!

sasha + max studio said...

So delicate, Heather. Wonderful!

beadrecipes said...

Just beautiful Heather!

Garnhumlan said...

Lovely! Especially the honeysuckle.

Carol Briody said...

Honeysuckle!! Beautiful!

Sarajo Wentling said...

Lovely! I think the Windrush ones are my favorites!

Kim said...

I love your new beads, the honeysuckle in particular are just stunning. I loved tasting them when I was a kid too - we had a park a few blocks from our house and it was full of honeysuckle trees. Thanks for the great memories you brought back and I can't wait to see you at bead and button!