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Celebrating the Arts and Crafts embroidery of May Morris

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Image captionImage 1: An example of May Morris’s needlework on a bedspread

For years she was overshadowed by dad. But now May Morris – daughter of arts and crafts pioneer William – is stepping into the limelight.

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Image caption: Image 2: Portrait photograph of May Morris

She’s the subject of an online talk by Helen Elletson, senior curator at the Emery Walker House in Hammersmith, who will discuss May’s embroidery designs.

The talk takes place on Zoom on Thursday 25 March at 3pm. Donations are invited.

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Helen, who is also curator of research and development at the William Morris Society, argues that May, who was born in March 1862, is “an outstanding artist in her own right”.

“She was a lecturer, writer, editor, accomplished designer and jeweller, and a champion of women’s rights, but it is her work as an embroiderer that is considered to be her greatest achievement,” says Helen.

May Morris’s knowledge of needlework, her talent for design and her brilliance with the needle led to the elevation of embroidery to fine art.

The illustrated talk will focus on May’s designs and completed embroideries and makes the case for her being reassessed as one of the most significant artists of the arts and crafts movement.

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