Despite being separated by over a century, the textile works created by English artisan Mary ‘May’ Morris (1862–1938) and contemporary Portuguese artist Vanessa Barragão have much in common. Not only do these two hugely gifted creators share a focus on inspiration from the infinite beauty of Nature, but both are also driven by specific cultural and ecological values encoded deep into the very fabric of their expression and production. Reaching beyond the splendour of its rich visual appeal, the work of Morris and Barragão is entwined in the complex historical inheritance of a female-centric craft, ...


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