William Morris was one of the founders of the Arts and Crafts Movement and
closely involved with the Pre-Raphaelite artists of the mid-19th century. His ideal of integrating art, literature and graphic
design inspired a generation of artists like Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Millais and
Waterhouse. Morris was an artist, poet, writer and designer himself. He is
probably best remembered for his fabric designs and his book designs for Kelmscott
Press. He pioneered modern renderings of antique styles of type as well as the
production of high-quality home furnishings to last for generations. Morris
left behind a lasting legacy of quality and creativity which will continue to inspire artists for
years to come.
The Scriptorium's Morris collection includes an
excellent selection of Morris' fabric designs and patterns, plus a collection of original
fonts based on his type designs for books published by the Kelmscott Press. We have recently
augmented the collection with new fonts, new patterns and the addition of a large selection of
decorative borders, emblems and initials.
Morris fabric patterns are excellent for use in web page
design. They can be made into contiguous tiles for use as backgrounds on web pages, as we have
done with the grape pattern on this page. They also make excellent backdrops for decorative
pages in print. Each of the patterns in our Morris collection is a high-resolution image and
suitable for use online or in print. Above you can see the original patterns from the
collection. The new patterns added in the latest update are shown to the left.
The fonts featured in this collection are shown to
the right. The first three are the original set, and the two in lighter green are our most
recent additions. Morris Initials is the first font, based on initials done for the Kelmscott
Press. The second font is Kelmscott, based on Morris' Troy type which was used to set many of his
books. The third is True Golden, based on Morris' Golden type which was also widely used in books
from the Kelmscott Press. The first of the new fonts is Morris Black Letter, based on hand lettering
Morris did as a prototype for what eventually developed into the Troy style. The second is
Chaucerian Initials, based on the illuminated capitals in the Kelmscott edition of Chaucer's works. The
relationship between the text faces and the initials is clear to see, and they work very well in
To the left you can see some samples of the newly added
borders, frames and emblems from Morris' edition of Chaucer. These include a wide variety of
large and small floral borders as well as unusual initials which include complete words embeded in
the decorations of the initial.
Like many of our collections, the Morris collection
has now grown to the point where it is only available on CD. The complete collection is
only $49. If you purchased either of the earlier releases online or on floppy disk, you
can upgrade to the new release for only $20 and get all the additional images and fonts. Our Morris
collection is also available in a retail package ideal for sale in
museums and bookstores. Send email for information on wholesale terms and
availability. You can order the Morris collection by phone from 1-800-797-8973 or order by mail from
Ragnarok Press, POB 140333, Austin, TX 78714. All prices include shipping and handling.
If you want to try out one of our Morris fonts, give
Chaucerian Initials a try. This shareware version is slightly different from the final
version which is in the Morris package.
Chaucerian Initials for Windows (PKZip). Download
Chaucerian Initials for MacOS (StuffIt).