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In 1881, William Morris purchased Merton Abbey Works, which went on to manufacture many of his textile designs. The factory went into liquidation in 1940, and today it is hard to find evidence in Merton of the glorious designs that emerged from it. The William Morris Steam Print changes that. Local artists will be commissioned to produce supersized woodcuts inspired by Morris designs, which will then be printed on to fabric using a steamroller in Wandle Park, close to the site of the factory. This will breathe new life into Merton's textile heritage, and bring it out into the open for everyone to enjoy. Morris said: "I do not want art for a few, any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few." The resulting prints will be displayed in public spaces in Merton such as Merton Civic Centre, Crown House Creative, the Donald Hope Library or perhaps Sainsbury's/M&S, which stands on the site once occupied by Morris's factory.
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Why it's a great idea:
The William Morris Steam Print reinvigorates Merton's glorious textile heritage, with benefits for local artists, residents and visitors. Local artists will have an opportunity to showcase their work and interpret Morris's designs for the 21st century. Residents and visitors will share in creative activity on the day of the big steamroller print and when the prints are displayed in a local public space. The Big Morris Steam Print is the latest project from the Morris up Merton campaign--@MertonUp--which has worked proactively with Merton Council and businesses to bring Morris's designs to the streets of SW19. The campaign is working to raise the profile of Merton's cultural heritage and enhance the local streetscape.
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