21St Century Gothic Book Giveaway
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The finished table Blame it on the martini I had the night before.Or maybe on the dribble of eleventh-hour requests for illustration proofing related to my forthcoming book on English Arts & Crafts furniture.
Whatever the reason, while I was sanding the 2″-thick edges of a current commission one day last week, trying to decide how much of the torn grain my client might want me to leave, it occurred to me that this unusual table paradoxically exemplifies the qualities of design and craftsmanship on which Arts and Crafts design was founded.
These qualities were originally enumerated by Victorian art and social critic John Ruskin in 'The Moral Elements of Gothic,' a chapter in his magnum opus, The Stones of Venice.In view of their profound influence on the Arts and Crafts movement (and also in view of how few contemporary makers not affiliated with the formal study of art history are aware of this important document's existence), I devoted the bulk of my book's first chapter to this mordant, often dramatic critique of modern style and mores.
Instead of explaining Ruskin's six moral elements of Gothic here (you'll be able to read the book itself this May), I'm going to list...