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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Think local.....

I'm sure if Wm Morris were alive today he would be all over the modern locavore movement.   He would undoubtedly be in communications with Micheal Pollan, author of  The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, the best book about food i've ever read.  In the late 19th century, Morris and his colleagues led an analogous revolution in architecture.  "It is not until we get back to the work of the earlier builders that our hearts are touched and thrilled by the strange charm of the building art as then practiced," wrote M.H. Baillie Scott.  Scott and his colleagues, including Voysey, Webb, and Morris, "chose to make their buildings from indigenous materials and strove above all to follow local traditions" (P. Todd, The Arts and Craft Companion, 2004).  And from E.P. Thompson's biography of Wm. Morris, "To-day Red House may no longer excite wonder: but in its time it was revolutionary in its unashamed use of red brick, its solid, undisguised construction, and absence of fussy facades and unfunctional ornamentation."