Morris-anuary

Morris-anuary is back for its second year! ⁠

Building on the extraordinary success of Dry January, Veganuary, Movember etc - I’m spending from 1st January to 24th March (William Morris’s Birthday) growing my ginger beard and curly hair as part of a yearly ritual. ⁠

Each spring whilst growing my beard for three months I totally immerse myself in William Morris’s life and work - attempting to ‘become’ Morris, making new works which release or perform each year on 24th March to celebrate Morris’s Birthday.⁠

I have always admired and associated with William Morris (or Topsy to his friends). Like him I'm an artist, designer and maker, a social entrepreneur and a privileged (and sometimes compromised) socialist. I went to Forest School in Walthamstow, attending Chapel under Morris’s stained Glass - the same school that Morris’s Brothers attended, whilst William himself was privately tutored by the headmaster of Forest School. I have two daughters like Topsy - and my youngest daughter Nancy has Morris & Co curtains in her bedroom - so many connections!⁠

The first two Morris-anuarys have been situated in a time of global pandemic. With my inaugural performance cancelled as the UK went into lockdown the day before (on 23rd March). A year later the works I have made for Morris-anuary 2021, largely created during a third national lockdown, focus on Family, Craft and Systemic Change through the guiding light that is William Morris (and his daughter May Morris).

Morris-anuary 2021

A Singing Portrait (or The folly of a compromised troubadour)

2021, 4K VIDEO, 3'45”



Parakeet & Bramble

2021, Print and Embroidery pattern, Dimensions variable

5 Chapters of Morris-anuary 2021

Morris-anuary is back for its second year! So naturally I got my mum to teach me embroidery over zoom. I've turned that conversation into 5 short chapters.

Opening doors (and windows?)

2021, Linen, Cotton threads, felt, brick - 255 x 120 x 85mm