Muse to Maker at Red House

Muse to Maker exhibition at Red House

Muse to Maker - part of the Women and Power Programme

From the Morris women: Jane, Jenny and May, to Georgiana Burne-Jones, Elizabeth Siddal and Lucy Faulkner, the women in the Pre-Raphaelite circle have made a huge contribution to art, literature and history. This year we will be celebrating their legacies and exploring their work through an exhibition and a series of short talks.

Muse to Maker exhibition

Running until 16th December the Muse to Maker exhibition recognises the contribution of the female members of the Pre-Raphaelite circle. Within Red House explore the transformation of Jane Morris, from Pre-Raphaelite muse, to becoming a celebrated craftswoman and artist in her own right.

With items on loan from the William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Walthamstow see the dress Jane wore for her very first modelling job with William Morris as well as items of embroidery worked by Jane and her sister Elizabeth Burden. Jane's skill with needlework led her to become head of the embroidery department at Morris & Co.

The exhibition also brings to the fore the contributions of other Pre-Raphaelite women including Lucy Faulkner. Her work is often wrongly allocated to her sister, Kate after she married and changed her name. A set of four decorated tiles by Lucy Faulkner are on display for the first time ever.

Tiles by Lucy Faulkner on loan from the William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Walthamstow
Tiles by Lucy Faulkner on loan from the William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Walthamstow
Tiles by Lucy Faulkner on loan from the William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Walthamstow

The creative talent of the Morris' passed on to their children Jenny and May who were skilled at needlework from a young age. A book bag designed by May and worked by Jenny is on display as part of the exhibition.

 

" I'm a remarkable woman - always was, though none of you seemed to think so"
- May Morris

A poem of a house

A lot of what we know of Red House is thanks to the writings of Georgiana Burne-Jones, who wrote the memoirs of her husband. Using her writing a short poetic film has been created in the Dining Room exploring the tales of Red House and this turbulent time of the Morris' and their friends.

Telling the story of Red House's inception this artistic piece follows the highs and lows of life at Red House through many intriguing characters tied up in the Morris' idyllic rural dream. The projections run continuously from 2pm.

Muse to Maker short talks

A series of short ten minute talks running daily at 2pm and 3pm run alongside the exhibition bringing these women to the forefront of Red House's story and highlight their artistic contributions to the Arts & Crafts movement.

Check the Red House website throughout the year to meet & hear the stories of all the Pre-Raphaelite women.