Why today the Arts and Crafts Movement is not discussed?
Today, the Arts and Crafts Movement is seldom discussed as it did not have a greatly significant impact on the world that people easily remember beyond the ideals of William Morris, one of the main creators of the movement. However, it could be said that its impact is most keenly shown through the way manufacturers and designers work together, much like the initial attempt to integrate the two a shown with Morris and Co. MacCarthy suggests that the process is “a collaborative one” where “it is the designer who makes the creative leap”. This is still somewhat true today, more than 30 years on from the initial publishing of British Design Since 1880, as the quality of goods is valued much more than the way it was in the late nineteenth century. There is also an increase in demand for handmade goods following the influx of mass-produced products that have been available to consumers for the past hundred years. (NYNow, s.d.) This suggests that while the aims of the Movement are no longer in popular discussion, the ideals that it stood for are now being encouraged instead of “stamped out” and are being expressed as such in industrial practices.