Arts and Crafts Movement (1860 - 1939)
As a youth I studied the history of social change and was particularly fascinated by the French and Russian revolutions. However, until I became aware of the Arts and Crafts Movement I had never connected art as an expression of social revolution. I researched the movement and found myself very sympathetic to its aims and ideals. Not only encouraging beautiful creations, but also political awareness, taking a revolutionary stance against the industrial era by advocating economic and social reform.
The Movement represented an international design philosophy that originated in England and flourished between 1860 and 1910 (especially in the second half of that period), continuing its influence until the 1930's. Inspired by the writings of John Ruskin and instigated by the artist and writer William Morris, the movement spread to Europe and North America and inspired iconic British designers such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
The Arts and Crafts style started as a search for aesthetic design and decoration, its philosophy was one that promoted traditional craftsmanship using simple forms, medieval, romantic or folk style designs. In my view it was the British reflection of the European Art Nouveau and Art Deco style to which it developed in parallel.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868 – 1928) born in Scotland was a sculptor, architect, water colourist and designer. He was a leading light in the movement, inspiring an iconic style of jewellery and portraying Britain's first reaction to, and interpretation of Art Nouveau, and foreshadowed Art Deco. His creations clearly demonstrate, and give voice to the struggle that many faced between what was deemed 'true craftsmanship' and the impending age of industry and machine made products.
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Ari Daniel Norman – Founder, Designer, Silversmith, lover of nature, family, adventure and life!!