Notes on the Morris Kitsch Archive

Author: Mabb, David

Source: Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, Volume 7, Number 3, November 2009 , pp. 314-327(14)

Publisher: Bloomsbury Journals (formerly Berg Journals)

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This article was written in conjunction with my production of the Morris Kitsch Archive. The archive contains 530 images, largely drawn from the Internet, of commercial objects decorated with William Morris patterns. I excluded objects that been produced in multiples with different patterns, and objects that claim to be inspired or influenced by Morris but where a Morris design is not identifiable. The images are individually laminated in A4 sheets and hung thematically in a grid. Morris Kitsch Archive was first shown as part of Have Nothing in your Houses That You Do Not Know to Be Useful, or Believe to Be Beautiful at Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto, February 21‐March 21, 2009.

Keywords: Mabb; Morris; archive; kitsch

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: November 1, 2009

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  • Textile brings together research in textile studies in an innovative and distinctive academic forum for all those who share a multifaceted view of textiles within an expanded field. Peer-reviewed and in full-color throughout, it represents a dynamic and wide-ranging set of critical practices. It provides a platform for points of departure between art and craft; gender and identity; cloth, body and architecture; labor and technology; techno-design and practice— all situated within the broader contexts of material and visual culture.
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