Ms. Ellis’ background in the study of the arts and crafts movement is extensive dating back to 1981 when she conceived and produced the exhibition, A Celebration of Quality: Gustav Stickley and The Craftsman Ideal, which contributed significantly to the re-evaluation of the work of America’s foremost Arts and Crafts designer, craftsman and philosopher. She has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in American Studies from Columbia University. She has served on the board of the William Morris Society in America, is the Vice President of the American Friends of the Arts and Crafts in Chipping Campden and is an Associate Brother of the Art Workers Guild.
Gustav Stickley (1858–1942), founder of The United Crafts (later known as the Craftsman Workshops), was an advocate of the craftsman ideal. Emulating William Morris’ production through guild manufacture of his furniture, Stickley believed that mass-produced furniture was poorly constructed and overly complicated in design. Stickley set out to improve American taste through “craftsman” or “mission” furniture with designs governed by honest construction, simple lines, and quality material. He has been aptly called the founder of the American Arts and Crafts Movement in the United States, for no other figure matched his achievements and influence in so many facets of art and design. He also published the highly influential The Craftsman (1901–16), a beacon for the American Arts and Crafts movement.
This is the Annual Christmas Lecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh London & South East
Saturday, 1 December 2018, 10:30 am for 11:00 am
Tickets: Pre-booked CRMS Members £10.00; Guests £12.00
Lecture Venue: The Gallery, situated at the rear of Alan Baxter Associates at 75 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL
Booking details are available at CRM L&SE Christmas 2018 lecture