“Nature of Gothic” Title Page. William Morris (English, 1834-1896). From “The Stones of Venice” by John Ruskin (Kelmscott Press, 1892)
Morris was a textile designer, artist, writer, and libertarian socialist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the English Arts and Crafts Movement. He is best known for his pattern designs, particularly on fabrics and wallpapers. His vision in linking art to industry by applying the values of fine art to the production of commercial design was a key stage in the evolution of design.
Morris was skilled in a wide range of arts and crafts. He founded the Kelmscott Press which published high quality hand bound books and was very influential in the revival of the private press.