Arts and Craft 1890-1915 (Hemensley)Posted: May 9, 2011
The Arts and Crafts movement flourished in England between 1890 and 1910. .
It soon spread to Europe, North America and Australia.
The movement was a reaction against the poor quality of design and lifestyle
during the Industrial Revolution. Members of the movement included artists,
architects, designers, craftsmen and writers. These members believed that
the growth of industry had destroyed traditional skills and had removed the
pride that a craftsman could find in their work.
William Morris was a leading member of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Best known for his amazing fabric and wallpaper pattern designs. Morris combine his love for medieval literature with his craftsman workshop ethic into the Kelmscott press. The first and most famous of the private press movement. Kelmscott books re- awakened the lost ideals of book design and inspired higher standards of production at a time when the printed page was at its poorest. The private press movement increased appreciation for fine printing as well as revived the field of typographic design.
The font Jugendstil Kunsthand is based on a sample of late 19th century lettering
in a style often associated with artists of the Jugendstil Art Nouveau movement
in Germany. The characters are done in heavy outline with a rough-hand drawn look.
The style is interesting because it shows the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement
on Art Nouveau with many of the characters featuring alternate versions that nest
together in a manner typical of Arts & Crafts lettering.