The Women of the Arts and Crafts Movement

Women have been making great accomplishments since the dawn of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Victorian England. They learned how to paint gorgeous artwork, design embroidery, decorate pottery, create beautiful gardens and buildings, work with stained glass and sculpting, and so much more. Enjoy this special series as we acknowledge and celebrate the Women of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Mary Lowndes 1890

Mary Lowndes – A Pioneer for Women Stained Glass Artists

Mary Lowndes (1857–1929) a British stained-glass artist co-founded the stained glass studio and workshop Lowndes and Drury in 1897. She was an influential leader in the Arts and Crafts movement, not only for her stained glass work and successful studio-workshop, but also for opening doors for ...
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A Girl in a Garden 1950 Collection Sacha Llewellyn

‘The Never-ending Movements of the Needle’; The Embroidery Art of Frances Richards

Embroidering A poem by Frances Richards (date unknown) She embroiders heads; small children sitting With spinning tops on blue velvet A light-footed dancer, delicately darned on lace With flowers, like a garden, as a background. Does she think as she ...
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Watercolour Self-Portrait of Mary Seton Watts

Mary Watts – Her Travels, Her Studies, Her Works

For too long referred to as ‘the painter’s wife’ or ‘Mrs G F Watts’, often of her own accord, Mary Seton Watts (1849-1838) was an accomplished artist in her own right. A gifted designer, Watts was the creative powerhouse behind ...
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Hannah Lorimer

Kellie Castle lies beyond the fishing village of Pittenweem in Scotland. Originally built in the twelfth century, it was leased to the prestigious Lorimer family in 1878. The Lorimers have been compared to a Renaissance dynasty; James Lorimer (1818-1890), was ...
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Louise Powell

Louise Powell

Ada Louise Lessore known as ‘Lalla’ to her family and close friends was one of a number of talented female Arts and Crafts designer-makers, including Georgina Gaskin and Edith Dawson, who are remembered primarily as part of a husband-and-wife team ...
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Sara Losh

Sarah Losh

Sara was born in Wreay (pronounced Rear, rhymes with Beer, the owner of the restaurant just across the street, told me), in Cumbria in York, not far from Carlisle. She was the first of four children, so when her father ...
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Phoebe Anna Traquair

In her lifetime Phoebe Anna Traquair was known in Scotland for her mural decoration of three buildings in her adopted city of Edinburgh but in London her name was more associated with the studio crafts – embroideries, illuminated manuscripts and, ...
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The Artisanship