Island of Arts and Crafts

The Origins and Influence of The Arts and Crafts Movement

Changing technology during recent decades has altered the way in which millions of people live and work. Many people have been left feeling uncertain about their place in the world and what the future might bring. The Industrial Revolution was also a period of rapid change, perceived by some as offering opportunities, but which brought fear and uncertainty to others. Parallels could be drawn between the experiences of those previous generations and what is happening today.

There was widespread concern in nineteenth century Britain about the effects upon society of changing technology. The Arts and Crafts Movement emerged in response to such concerns and followers of the movement created work that influenced art and design around the world. Their ideals also influenced education, training and the provision of public services and they continue to inspire new generations of artists, designers, craft makers, architects and town planners.

Island of Arts and Crafts explores the origins of the Arts and Crafts Movement and the ideals upon which it was founded. The book is not a comprehensive guide to the Arts and Crafts Movement, so apologies if any people or places were not included which you think should have been. There are descriptions of people and events that led to the movement developing in Britain and references to some wider historical and global developments.

This is a short book, which can be read within a couple of hours, but aims to provide a worthwhile introduction to the Arts and Crafts Movement and its continuing relevance. Places of interest are highlighted in England, Wales and Scotland, that relate to the movement, or contemporary handmade arts and crafts. Other topics explored include the consumer society, individual identity, the development of personal creativity and maintaining a healthy work life balance.

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