What is Arts and Crafts? Part 1: Defining 'Arts and Crafts'
Arts & Crafts is more a philosophy of design than a set of characteristics. At the center of the Arts and Crafts Movement is something holy, a reactionary vision standing against materialism. The the spirit of Arts and Crafts is a kind of kairos, the moment when the spiritual breaks through or incarnates the spiritual into the material worlds of architecture, furnishings and the decorative arts. A brief introduction to the history and defining characteristics of the Arts and Crafts movement in England, Scotland, the U.S. with a look its philosophical underpinnings in the writings of John Ruskin and William Morris.
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