9th March Monthly meeting report
President Kate Dilks, welcomed 62 members and 3 visitors to the March meeting. There was very little business to deal with this month, apart from advanced notice of the group Meeting at Postling on April 23rd; the speaker will be Michael Herd with a talk entitled Can-Can, High Kicks and Frilly Knickers. The competition is for a pair of frilly knickers in any medium! The lack of business matters meant we were able to enjoy an extended coffee break, catching up with friends and discussing the previous week’s snowy weather.
We then welcomed Mr. Dick Bolton whose illustrated talk was entitled “The Arts and Crafts of William Morris and His Circle” and what a fascinating and interesting talk it was.
William Morris was born on March 24th, 1834 in Walthamstow and from a very early age was interested in nature, meadievalism and was a great reader. In 1853 he went up to Oxford with the intention of taking Holy Orders, but changed his mind when he joined The Birmingham Set and became an architect. It was here that he met his life-long friend Edward Burne-Jones and with others including Ruskin, Pugin and Rossetti who rejected what they saw as Victorian Industrial Capitalism. He immersed himself in the “mechanism” of everything he undertook be it stained glass making, paper making, ink making, natural dyes, embroidery, tapestry, carpet weaving , silk weaving, calligraphy, manuscript illumination and of course his famous designs for wallpapers. He was also a poet and prolific writer. He travelled to Iceland several times and translated the Icelandic Sagas. In 1861 he founded the company Morris and Company on the banks of the River Wandle in Wimbledon. His birthplace in Walthamstow is now a museum. Possibly his best-known home, the Red House in Bexley, which was designed by Philip Webb, is know owned by the National trust.
For more information on this interesting subject just put his name into a search engine. He died October 3rd, 1896 and is buried at St. George’s church at Kelmscott in Oxfordshire where he had another home.
Sally Hood gave the vote of thanks.
The winner of this month’s competition “Easter” was won by Mary Wheatley with her Easter basket.
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