Here at Eclectic at Home, we are often inspired by art from days long gone by. Indeed, you may often hear us talking about Art Nouveau curves and Art Deco geometry when appreciating aspects of the furnishings we acquire.
One of our favourite styles is the Art and Crafts Movement. We are drawn to its wonderful design aspects and its motto and ideals fit quite well with our own too!
The Arts and Crafts Movement was one of the most influential, spreading from the British Isles, to the far corners of the then British Empire and eventually going global, inspiring artists and designers as far afield as Japan in their Mingei (folk arts) Movement.
Officially lasting from 1860 to 1910, the influence of the Arts and Craft Movement was actually still prevalent up until the 1930's, and some would say even beyond. The movement was born out of a distaste of mass manufacturing, from a country just coming out of its industrial revolution. This coupled with the popularity of the ideals of Karl Marx really kick started the movement which gathered most pace at the latter half of the 19th century.
The writers, artists, designers and theologians that started the Arts and Crafts movement really believed in handmade and celebrating the glory of natural materials and craftmanship in a union created by the final, beautiful piece.
This is definitely something we identify with and appreciate at Eclectic at Home!
Visually, the style has much in common with Art Nouveau, often featuring the natural forms of flowers, leaves and vines. Originating from England, there is often a Celtic inspiration, with busy knots and interlocking ornamentation featuring heavily. Furniture often showed stunning use of negative space, with intricate cut-outs and carvings. Characteristic materials included oak, leather and copper. Colour schemes were very often cream, olive, terracotta, mustard and intense blues and crimsons.
Above all, we at Eclectic at home identify with William Morris (almost the unofficial poster boy of the Arts and Crafts Movement) who was quoted as saying...
"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful'.We hope this explains why we are so enraptured by any Arts and Crafts Movement inspired pieces that we find. And why we try our very best to restore them to their former glory for our refurbished, shabby chic furniture section! What do you think of the Arts and Crafts Movement? Let us know by leaving us a comment below or catching up with us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.