2021, 4K VIDEO, 3'45”
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).