Inside the mind of William Morris
Contemporary Art | Artists are now posing questions with an innovative mindset and exploring territory and landscapes which are later used in fashion and design manufacturing contexts. In recent times, these spheres of activity have been increasingly inclined to adopt new approaches during the creative process.
Barriers have been eroded, codes have been shaken by artists themselves and associations between art and crafts have emerged. The spirit of William Morris - founder of the Arts and Crafts movement in 1888 and closely linked to the Pre-Raphaelite painters - has been revived with a contemporary twist, in contrast to the Middle Age influences of his era. The decorative arts supported his writings; the crafts artist exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo entitled, « Les artisans d’art se mettent en scène » (craft artists in the spotlight) has used one of his quotations; the Révélation fair (33,000 visitors in 4 days) has added weight to his words by advocating the association of artists, craftsmen, painters, sculptors and architects; and the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris has organised « Decorum Carpets ans tapestries by artists » exhibition in the spirit of Artcurial which long ago presented art objects. They have gathered in order to create installations, explore mediums and respond to increasing market demand. Bernardaud has called upon artists such as Jeff Koons and Sophie Calle for its 150 year anniversary, with the artists involved in two thirds of the Sèvres manufacturing process. Ceramic has emerged as the preferred medium of Miguel Barcelo, Klara Kristalova, Johan Creten and Grayson Perry from Young British Artists. The land is coming back to the fore, along with traditional materials such as textiles and metal. This de-compartmentalisation has become widespread in the sphere of education : the ENSBA school has entered into partnership with Nespresso in order to design a visual for a bag, and Duperré trains students on the cusp of the two worlds, like the metaphorical beings of Jade Irribarria. A new era has begun with an advanced generation in schools blending with hybrid visions.