Monday, February 9, 2009

Poor Art History = The Need For Pretty Tools

There are days when I feel as though I was completely jipped in my art history education. Sure, sure I learnt about Rembrandt, Michael Angelo, Picasso and Van Gogh. And I know about relief paintings, mosaics architecture and sculpture. But what about jewelry design, furniture design, ceramics, the Bauhaus, Poster art, and textile design?! Had I known at a young age that an artistic mind had so many more options to use as a creative outlet my life likely would have turned out very differently.

So for the past 5 years or so of my life I have started my own tutoring in alternate art History. It all started when I found the late, great William Morris. This illustrious artist inspires me to no end. As far as creative outlets go he pretty much nailed them all. William, the British writer, designer, artist and socialist is best known for his accomplishments with textile and wall paper design. I'm a bit of a pattern freak so you'll understand my utter buoyancy when I found these little beauties while out on a walk through the antiques district the other day. The London England based Victoria and Albert Museum has come out with William Morris printed garden tools, water bottles and tool sets! Oh Joy, Oh Bliss! I shall of course order one of each for myself! I can't even begin to imagine how much more beautiful my garden would be if I had that garden trowel.

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