Title: Art crafts for amateurs
Year: 1901 (1900s)
Authors: Miller, Fred, decorative artist
Subjects: Decorative arts Decoration and ornament
Publisher: New York, London, Truslove, Hanson & Comba, Ld.
Contributing Library: Getty Research Institute
Digitizing Sponsor: Getty Research Institute
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g thecurious ornamental flowers and fruit growing on the wavystem, would exhibit her skill in stitching and fancy incolouring them, for all the details being so removed fromindividual forms in nature, the worker would feel unfetteredin colouring the design and her fancy would have rein,whereas had there been a more direct reference to naturethe workers individuality would have been brought muchless into play, and this cramping would have been a serioushandicap both to herself and her work. This brings us to the consideration of how far naturalforms should be used inembroidery. Those whodraw plant form muchfrom nature are oftendisposed to use theirstudies too much asthey find them in theirnote books. Havingmade a careful study ofa plant there is the dis-position to make im-mediate use of it inones work. I am allfor studying from na-ture, but I am at thesame time all too well aware from my own experiences as a designer, that one isapt to be far too naturalesque in ones work, and instead
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125.—Conventional Fruit,sixteenth-century work. 182 ART CRAFTS FOR AMATEURS. of making a design, drawing patterns, one is only slightlymodifying plant form. It is the ingenuity we display inusing the suggestions received from a study of plant form and the way we adaptwhat we have learnedby sketching fromnature that we showourselves capablecraftsmen. Here a study otold work is very bene-ficial as a corrective,but not to imitate.The reproduction otold examples is notVs_|§ ^Z^pp^ the way to advance, \j _ir —4ft ^fTT^% an^ moreover> there is a great chance ofthe reproduction be-ing faithful in theletter, yet wantingin the spirit. WilliamMorris, who mademany designs forneedlework, con-trived to get a sugges-tion of nature with awell-planned scheme of construction, plus a good deal ofego. He owed much to the past, for he used thewoodcuts in -r Gerardes Herbal rather than sketches directfrom nature,, because they suggested a certain quaint-
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