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Member Program: William Morris Textiles and the Kelmscott Press

Detail of textile with blue, orange and white floral design
“Snakeshead,” (detail) designed by William Morris, manufactured by Thomas Wardle, 1876. Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection T-2760. Photo by Bruce M. White Photography.


Designer, author and social activist William Morris (1834-1896) was one of the prominent figures behind the British Arts and Crafts Movement in the 19th century. Concerned about the negative impact of mass industrialization on aesthetic taste and design, Morris and his contemporaries championed a revived emphasis on skilled craftsmanship.

In this member talk, Academic Coordinator Marie-Eve Celio-Scheurer will introduce William Morris’ textile designs through samples in the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection. Librarian Tracy Meserve will also discuss Morris’ book printing enterprise, the Kelmscott Press, and share her research on the Morris-designed Poems Chosen Out of the Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1896) held in the Arthur D. Jenkins Library’s rare book collection.

About Marie-Eve Celio-Scheurer

Marie-Eve Celio-Scheurer is academic coordinator for the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Center. Dr. Celio-Scheurer has experience working as a curator (Rietberg Museum in Zurich) and teaching (University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland). She also spent eight years in India consulting on projects for UNESCO. She holds a doctorate in art history from the Sorbonne, and a master’s from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.  

About Tracy Meserve

Tracy Meserve is the librarian for the museum’s Arthur D. Jenkins Library. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from GW and a master's in library science from the University of Maryland. Meserve formerly served as youth services manager at the Alexandria Public Library, a librarian at D.C. Public Library and a publications assistant at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

How to Participate

This program is for museum members. If you are already a member, you can register online, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining the program online via Zoom. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (1 p.m. EDT). If you are not currently a member, you can join or renew online.

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