International studio — 34.1908

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Slimmer Arts and Crafts


WHITE MOUNTAIN HEADQUARTERS

NATIONAL SOCIETY OE CRAFTSMEN


Rural and summer colonies
OF THE ARTS AND CRAFTS.
All through the active life of William
Morris, the great pioneer of the modern
English handicraft
movement, there ran like
a peaceful undercurrent
the constant story of the
opening buds, the flow-
ering fruit trees, the
song of the birds at
Kelmscott. He also for-
sook his shops in smoky
London for the free air,
the running brook, the
simpler surroundings of
Merton Abbey.
To-day Air. Ashbee,
the disciple and friend
of Morris,, after thirteen
years at Essex House in
the. slums of London,
has sought out the me-
dieval village of Chip-
ping Campden in the
Coltswold hills of Glou-
cestershire, where he has
transported an entire
community of crafts
workers.
Down in Surrey, in
the picturesque village
of Haslemere, Mr. God-
frey Blount has planted
another colony of peas-
ant weavers and workers
in the various branches
of handicraft, his object gateway

being “to restore the true country life, its faith, its
crafts; to increase the love of traditional design, to
encourage beautiful and useful handiwork done
under happy conditions.
In Ireland Miss Gleeson has founded the Dun

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