An Introduction to the Arts and Crafts Movement

162 TUTOR: Perry Staker

Mention the Arts and Crafts Movement and most people automatically think of William Morris, wallpaper and fabric - but it encompassed so much more: from architecture to metalwork, furniture to embroidery, stained glass to jewellery. This course will take an introductory but detailed examination of a Movement which sought to establish a society in which creative freedom was the right of all. The motivation and ideology of the leading pioneers behind it, the creation of Art Schools and Craft Workshops and revival of rural crafts will be considered, together with a detailed look at many aspects of the Movement.

Course Notes


The course will include:

The Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society

The Pioneers - including



·Burne Jones



The position and function of women within the Movement

·The Angel in the House

·Working-class women and the rural crafts revival

·Lady Philanthropists.

·Working gentlewomen

·The Arts and Crafts elite

The Red House

Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co.

Morris & Co.

The Kelmscott Press

The creation of Art Schools and Craft Workshops

The links to Socialism

Arts and Crafts - including:

·Architects and architecture

·Stained glass




·Textiles - embroidery, fabrics, tapestry and carpets

·Books, bookbinding and illustrations


·Pottery and ceramics


Women's Aesthetic and Arts and Crafts dress

Places to Visit


Course Tutor

Perry Staker

Perry Staker

About Perry

After studying costume making and cutting at Wimbledon School of Art Perry worked for some years in the film/ theatre costume industry before ending up in the Civil Service by accident. Following her retirement from the Civil Service she occasionally works for her first employer making costumes for TV and films.

Interested in history from an early age Perry developed an interest in seventeenth century food and recipes during the 29 years she has spent as a member of the English Civil War Society.

In recent years she has widened her interest and research to include the food and recipes of other periods of history.

In 2018 she was invited to take on the role of the Victorian Cook in the BBC2 series 'The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts' shown in January 2019 and this triggered her developing interest in the Arts and Crafts Movement.

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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 11 Jul - 15 Jul

WK 2 18 Jul - 22 Jul

WK 3 25 Jul - 29 Jul

WK 4 1 Aug - 5 Aug

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9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

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9.15AM to 4.30PM