On this day, 24th March 1834, William Morris was born.
William Morris was the leading member of the Arts and Crafts movement and founded the Kelmscott Press in 1890.
The Works of Geoffrey Chaucerpublished by the Kelmscott Press in 1896, was considered by many the most beautiful book of he nineteenth century and is an outstanding example of nineteenth-century book production.
The paper was hand made to replicate the quality of Bolognese paper made in 1473 and a special ink was imported from Hanover. The volume contains 87 woodcut illustrations designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and 26 large woodcut initials and numerous borders designed by William Morris. It was luxury item which only the wealthy could afford - only 425 standard copies were produced, plus 13 volumes on vellum which sold for 120 pounds.
The State Library of New South Wales holds a Rare book copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer which was purchased by the Mitchell Library in 1921.
Tales of knights and virtues that pulled readers out of the soot and smog of the industrial age were the ideal material for Arts and Crafts designers. This 1898 edition of Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queenewas published by J.M. Dent and illustrated with woodcuts designed by Louis Fairfax-Muckley, who had previously worked for William Morris’s Kelmscott Press. This edition is remarkable for its binding decorations, which were hand-painted by Fairfax-Muckley and bound by Cedric Chivers, using a technique called “Vellucent.” With this process, artists painted and gilted directly onto the boards, before covering their artwork with an ultra-thin and translucent piece of vellum to protect the images. DB
Never had a proper grimoire/BoS/spellbook/etc so much as I’ve misplaced scribbled-on bits of paper. Feeling inspired (and of course, looking for any excuse to avoid The Thing™
), I’ve decided to get fancy with my magic(k)al record keeping. I know you don’t HAVE to, but if you WANT to, the library is still an amazing resource!
Happy bellarke fam selfie night! Happy Praimfaya! Happy finale! Happy show day! OMG. I almost posted the selfie with the bags under my eyes from not sleeping over this damn show, but it turns out I’m too vain. Huge bags. HUGE. Like duffel bags. So instead, you get a photo of the library/tvroom/craft room my uncle is building in my house. He’s going to put a projection tv in there for movies. I like that it’s someone else’s project and I don’t have to do it. Just waiting to put my books up.
I have been working on my novel, as well as my bellarke fics for alpha male celebration. i thought I was falling behind, but it turns out I did post two this week, and that’s what I promised, it’s just that one of them is an extra chapter in my 90s au fic (which someone did prompt me to continue) and then there’s a canon divergent one set after the list scene with added jobi nuts and party. I have the bellarke pregnancy one in the lighthouse that I’m having trouble with at the moment, because, while unlikely, it’s still in the realm of possibility, so I’m going to wait until after the show has jossed it, so I can be free with my interpretation.
So I finally moved all my yarn into this cabinet (there’s a lot more underneath behind closed doors) there’s supposed to be glass doors on it but I haven’t reattached them yet but that will protect my squishies from dust. ;)
The top bit is a little barren. Right now there’s just some knitting and embroidery related books from the library up there. Hoping to fill it with more books of my own . ^.^
Also special thanks to @michelangelofan / @lets-talk-cartoons for my birthday presents: a couple additions to my knitting book collection and the wand (based on svtfoe but for me, not star) even if it is 14 years late ;)
Climbing those orange-red staircases
I measure you through those neon hoola-hoops.
Intricate goosebumps , I turn blue.
Crafting people in cliche frames.
Yes , I am stupid.
And you ?
A mere photo in my dearest