International studio — 36.1908/​1909(1909)

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/—H—\ HIRD ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF
THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF
CRAFTSMEN
JL BY J. WILLIAM FOSDICK
ORGANIZED for the purpose of furthering the in-
terests of the individual craftsman the Nationai
Society of Craftsmen has reason to be encouraged,
as this year's exhibition consists largeiy of the work
of individual workers, the percentage of ancient
handicraft and modern ioan exhibits being very
smaii.
In the Tiiden Gallery of the Nationai Arts Club,
where the exhibition is heid, a rich tonality of deep
blue, with touches of orange and gold, is brought
about by the hanging of Mr. Albert Herter's tapes-
tries which, whiie more or less experimentai in
character, are suggestive of what may foiiow frorn
his ioorns in the near future.
There is iittle doubt, judging by these viriie
evidences of texture and color, that Mr. Herter,
both in hgure work and conventionai design, wiil
soon demonstrate that color in its fuilest, richest
sense may be applied to tapestries with magnificent
resuits. Mr. Herter and his weavers wiil doubtless
counteract the tendency of our hand weavers to
work too rnuch in neutrais.
The dyes used
in Mr. Herter's
work are minerai
and represent the
result of exhaust-
ive experiments on
the part of Profes-
sor Peiiew, of Co-
lumbia Coilege,
who has coiiabor-
ated w i t h M r .
Herter and who
beiieves that the
days of the oid
vegetable dyes are
nomore.
Owingtothe
activity of Miss
Adeiine G. Wykes
and her feilow-
binders the soci-
ety has this season
amostcreditable
exhibit of book-
bindings.
Miss W arren
shows an unusu-

aiiy weii-forwarded "Guest Book," both in matter
oftoolinganddesign.
Mr. Alfred Launder's " Of Kings' Treasuries" is
a unique piece of book craft. "The whole scheme is
worked over a free design with gouges and individ-
ualtools.
We find an artistic combination of wood, Icather
and rnetal in Miss Elizabeth Griscom Morot's
"Life and Death of Badman."
There are excellent bindings by Miss Wykes,
Ellen Gates Starr, the Chatfields and others.
Mr. Cedric Chivers exhibits a case of remarkable
decorative bindings, made for the most part in
England, in collaboration with Mr. Granville Fell
and Alice Shepherd.
"The Recuyell of the Historys of Troye," one of
two volumes made by William Morris, is a beautiful
production bound in the vellucent method.
Mention should be made of a remarkable illumi-
nation on parchment executed by Mr. Moy J.
Schweitzer, and of Mr. A. N. MacDonald's frame
of hook plates. There are many examples of this
latter art by Mrs. Hooper, Miss Uhl and others.
Mrs. Anna B. Leonard has shown great resource-
fulness, with a keen sense of colorful design, in the
decoration of an antique English tureen. Mrs.
Leonard is an adept in the application of gold and


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