B. J. Talbert and the Arts & Crafts Movement

Since the awakening of the “Victorian” revival in the 1960′s and the subsequent interest in the Arts & Crafts movement that has followed in its wake, much has been written and “rediscovered” about the influential work of the great British design reformers. ┬áRetrospectives of the period can often give a new enthusiast of these revivals [...]

Help save an Oakland treasure!

Our fellow Artistic License Guild member, Jane Powell, has been fighting cancer for several years and is now in a battle to save her historic Oakland Arts & Crafts home.  Please read more about the fund raiser, (being held, by the way, at her historic and spectacular Sunset House) at the Artistic License Blog.  Spread [...]

The “Monks” Frieze

Have you ever thought seriously about the use of medieval monks as the central design motif for your Arts & Crafts dining room?? Well someone in 1912 did, and with some measure of success. This whimsical American decoration was machine-printed by the William Campbell Wall Paper Co. a large New Jersey manufacturer of the time. [...]

Walter Crane’s “Lion & Dove”

Over the last 30 years we have reproduced hundreds of patterns from wallpapers past, and although they all have the obvious visual appeal by their use of line and color, behind many of them is also a fascinating and unseen history or inspiration… Our Lion & Dove frieze, is an excellent example of this. This [...]


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