Out of her fa­ther’s shadow

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

ACAMPAIGN has been launched by the Wil­liam Mor­ris Gallery to fi­nally bring May Mor­ris into the spot­light (COUN­TRY LIFE, May 10, 2017). De­signer, em­broi­derer, writer and teacher, May was a cen­tral fig­ure in the Arts-and-crafts move­ment; she ex­hib­ited widely, founded the Women’s Guild of Art, was re­spon­si­ble for cre­at­ing some of Mor­ris & Co’s most iconic tex­tiles and proved in­stru­men­tal in shap­ing her fa­ther’s legacy.

The gallery, based in Mor­ris’s home in Walthamshow, Lon­don E17, hopes to raise £15,000 to both con­serve the pieces by her in its col­lec­tion and bring to­gether May’s im­por­tant works—which are scat­tered around mu­se­ums, Na­tional Trust prop­er­ties and univer­sity col­lec­tions—for a land­mark ex­hi­bi­tion.

‘For too long, May’s unique con­tri­bu­tion to de­sign has been over­shad­owed by the legacy of her fa­ther,’ says Rowan Bain, cu­ra­tor at the Wil­liam Mor­ris Gallery. ‘If we’re suc­cess­ful in meet­ing the tar­get, we can fi­nally give her the recog­ni­tion she de­serves.’

Visit www.wm­gallery.org.uk for more in­for­ma­tion and to make a do­na­tion. The crowd­fund­ing cam­paign ends on July 13 and the ex­hi­bi­tion, ‘May Mor­ris: Art & Life’, will take place from Oc­to­ber 7 to Jan­uary 28, 2018

May Mor­ris’s talents have been over­shad­owed by her fa­ther’s legacy

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