Looking Back

Looking Back
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Designers of the Arts and Crafts movement did not reject the past, but they did scorn the academic, ornate styles that had dominated teaching at art schools. History was to be mined for inspiration, but only periods with styles that had evolved either from local traditions or from cultures that had cherished the handmade. In America, the colonial past was revered as a time when both had flourished. British colonial architecture and decorative arts were imitated especially in the Northeast, while Californians looked to the Spanish missions. The Americans also borrowed from contemporary British styles. John Ruskin’s and William Morris’s reverence for the Gothic, which they believed represented individuality and a direct response to nature.

- Wendy Kaplan (2005)