Good Taste and Good Design
The Bristol Guild of Applied Art, founded in 1908, was born out of the Arts and Crafts movement which had begun some twenty years earlier.
William Morris led the movement that tried to swing the pendulum away from new-found industrial mass production, believing that individual hand-crafted goods were the only way of preserving good taste, good design and quality manufacture. Morris, inspired by the medieval guilds, set up workshops where everything - from wallpaper to furniture, pottery, glass, silver and even door latches - was hand-crafted.
In 1883 the Arts and Crafts Society was formed, and in 1888 it held its first major exhibition in London. This, together with the Guild of Handicrafts, which moved to Chipping Campden in 1902, created the climate for a similar organisation to be set up in Bristol...
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