About the artist
In 1861, he established Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. with his partners, which later restructured as Morris & Co. Despite initial hurdles, the firm flourished, producing a wide array of items from furniture to tapestry, and stained glass to wallpaper, some of these designs are still sold today. Rejecting the idea of fine art, Morris founded his company on a medieval guild-like ideal, where the artisan both designed and executed the work. He wanted his art to be accessible for all, but his aspiration not feasible as his handcreated goods were only within reach of the affluent. His promotion of manual skill and universal craftsmanship therefore failed to reconcile with the reality contemporary machine production.
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