Known as the Queen of the Moorlands, the town of Leek in Staffordshire is brimming with charm, character and Arts and Crafts heritage. It is said that iron sharpens iron and this is true of the relationship between Sir Thomas Wardle (1831-1909) and William Morris (1834-96) as they collaborated in Leek on Indian silks, dyeing with natural dyestuffs and block printing. By 1876 Wardle was printing a range of fourteen designs for Morris & Co and Wardle’s silks were sold in Liberty, and were, the only black silk that Queen Victoria would wear following the death of her beloved Albert.
Kerry skilfully weaves the feathery blues of Morris & Co.’s Tulip design to create a sky over Leek market place, complete with the billowing canopies of the market stalls themselves; the gothic façade of Leek's St Edward the Confessor’s Church, a Grade I listed building (built 1885–1887) with stained glass by Morris & Co and where Wardle’s own hymns were sang and his wife, Lady Wardle, who established the Embroidery School for Women in 1879, silk embroidery hangs on the wall; and the Leek School of Art and Crafts, which Morris would have seen every morning from his guest house window during his 2-years in Leek, holding connections to Wardle and Morris through the vehicle of the Applied Arts. Morris’s own wife is remembered too, in her favourite orange Honeysuckle Morris & Co. design, which grounds the prestige vase in exotic Eastern turmeric and tangerine-ambers and elegant tentacles of colour to enable Morris’s own signature style of orderly and imaginative repeating block prints to be mirrored from tip to toe of this piece of art.
Morris and Wardle’s textiles were exhibited many times at major exhibitions and were still the best of their type decades later. Wardle said of Morris that he had an understanding of form and colour which was unparalleled.Was: £6,655.00
- Designer: Kerry Goodwin
- Dimensions: H 40.00 x W 25.00 x D 25.00 cm
- Availability: In Stock
- Product Width25.00cm
- Product Height40.00cm
- Product Depth25.00cm
- Designer:Kerry Goodwin