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“Have nothing in your house you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful,” said William Morris. No detail of interior design was overlooked by the pioneer of the Arts and Crafts movement.

The Arts and Craft movement was an English aesthetic movement towards the end of the 19th century that represented the real beauty to be found in decorative arts. The movement is admired for its use of the finest materials and for its emphasis on utility and design.

That brings me on to today’s topic of conversation which is the redoubtable Mrs Saines and the amazingly creative work that even now is being delivered despite her not having her room.

The main photo shows Form 6 who are looking at aerial images of the South Dorset Ridgeway project. Their task is to explore shape, colour and pattern and to learn about our unique landscape and ancient monuments through the application of mixed media which will then follow on to a ceramic focus developing clay skill work.

Just to bring matters down to earth, Form 2 have been making their own tartan as part of their Katy Morag, “Islands” project.

John Thorpe

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