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Waltham Cabinet

Ripple Sycamore, American Cherry

120cm x 80cm x 45cm

In 2011 the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, London, underwent a major refurbishment.

To celebrate their reopening they decided to host an exhibition to explore the legacy

of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement.


For this purpose they approached the Society of Designer Craftsmen

(that has its origins in the Exhibition Society and strong William Morris links)

and invited the members to submit designs in response to a brief.


The selected entries were then commissioned and exhibited in the show "Everyday Encounters"

that ran at the Gallery from October 2012 to February 2013.


In realising this piece I aimed to show how in my own everyday practice

I embody much that was part of the Arts and Crafts agenda.

A simplicity of form that eschews applied adornment and decoration and

a quest for beauty in everyday functional objects.

In essence the piece was designed around the central detail,

inspired by a Georgia O'Keefe print.

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