R is for the Roycroft Inn, in East Aurora, NY, where I spent my 40th birthday. “Opened to Friends in 1905” as the sign says, by Elbert Hubbard, traveling-salesman-philosopher-writer, who founded the Roycroft Artisan community.
I liked the alphabet wallpaper, which is also very appropriate for the A to Z Challenge. It appears R is for Rabbit. I wonder what the conglomeration of x-y-z is symbolized by.
Bonus R’s with the Roycroft Symbol, though in reverse.
Defeat is for those who acknowledge it.
Elbert Hubbard(1856-1915) had an affinity for quotations. This one reads like a poem.
Check it out at the Daily Bungalow’s Flickr.
What the World Needs is More Kindness.
This one is signed Fra Elbertus, which takes a proverbial persona! This is a motto to live by.
The love your liberate in your work is the love you keep.
This one is carved into a door at the Roycroft Inn, and Stratoz took a photo of it for me. This is a motto for the studio.
For more images, check out my Elbert Hubbard, Dard Hunter and the Roycrofters Pinterest Board
The first time I came to Hawley in 1996, it was like discovering a secret world. Stratoz and I walked along Lake Wallenpaupack and the park benches along the dam gave us a lovely view.
We stopped at the Settlers Inn for lunch, unaware of the magical interior–Arts and Crafts wallpaper with swirls of greenery and rabbits, a fireplace with pottery on the mantle in luscious green and copper glazes, wooden chairs with hymnal racks on the backs rescued from a cathedral.
Lunch was made with produce from local farmers, which I thought was a marvelously novel idea. Little did I know that almost 15 years later this kind of partnership between restaurants and farms would be widespread. I am happy to have a reason to be in Hawley with the Audubon Art and Craft Festival. The booth is set up and we are ready to be part of other people's discovery of Hawley.
I started reading Ray Watkinson’s book on William Morris as designer, and discovered that of the many crafts he participated in with his firm, one was stained glass. Morris emphasized the mosaic- like patterning in glass, with bold lead lines, and wanted to take advantage of the transparency of glass to make colors brilliant.
This stained glass window at All Saints Church in Middleton Cheney, Northamptonshire UK, of Christ in the carpenter’s shop, suddenly made me think of Christ as craftsmen, maker of things with his hands. I’m really taken with this image, and the idea of creativity as part of spiritual life.
I found Morris’ desire to find pleasure in work to be very appealing. I like to think that those who were employed in his workshop enjoyed what their craft. Morris was a renaissance craftsmen, becoming a master of embroidery, weaving tapestry, designing wallpaper, and writing and designing books. Check out this cool sampling of Morris crafts at Art Passions.
I was curious if Morris had anything to say about mosaics, and found this quote from his book, Hopes and Fears for Art:
You may hang your walls with tapestry instead of whitewash or paper; or
you may cover them with mosaic; or have them frescoed by a great
painter: all this is not luxury, if it be done for beauty’s sake, and
not for show: it does not break our golden rule:
Have nothing in your
houses which you do not know to be useful
or believe to be beautiful.
I’d read that ending quote before, but didn’t know the context. Actually, Morris had his golden rule in all caps! This is a challenging idea, that tapestry or mosaic is not a luxury, if done for beauty’s sake. I was at the Lansdale Arts Day, and talked with an artist friend about the thrill of someone buying a piece of art because it speaks to them. I believe beauty is a need, a nourishment for the soul.