Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh: May Morris Art & Life

Detail of Melsetter Embroidery by May Morris, worked by May Morris and Theodosia Middlemore, c.1900

28th November – 14th March 2020

Dovecot Studios present a landmark exhibition exploring the life and work of May Morris, the youngest daughter of William Morris and one of the most significant artists of the British Arts and Crafts movement.

The exhibition, May Morris Art & Life, tells the story of May, who at age 23 took charge of the Morris & Co. embroidery department and was responsible for creating some of the company’s most iconic textiles and wallpaper designs.

The youngest daughter of William Morris, May was an extraordinary craftsperson who contributed significantly to the Arts and Crafts Movement. Responsible for creating some of Morris & Co.’s most iconic textiles and designs, she took charge of the embroidery department from the age of 23, and worked to preserve her father’s legacy and champion the movement.

Featuring outstanding embroidery and designs by May, as well as artefacts and objects from her life including her notebooks, jewellery, and clothing, this is a chance to learn about one of the key female forces behind the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Organised by the William Morris Gallery, London in association with Dovecot Studios.

Image: Detail of Melsetter Embroidery by May Morris, worked by May Morris and Theodosia Middlemore, c.1900

10 Infirmary Street
Edinburgh EH1 1LT

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