BARTER-INSPIRATIONS

Have you ever heard of the Omega workshop? well,  it was a design enterprise founded by members of the Bloomsbury Group (Virginia Woolf, Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell, Clive Bell, Roger Fry to name a few of its members) and established in 1913. Its members hoped that by forming the company, they would remove false devisions between the decorative and fine arts – and give their artist freinds an additional income opportunity designing furniture, textiles and other household accessories. To ensure items were only bought for the quality of the work, and not the reputation of the artist, Fry insisted works be shown anonymously, marked only with the letter OMEGA.

I love all the different things they made – a good google search will show you the vast range. I find this inspiring when thinking along the lines of the Studio based Barter Projects that Artlink do.

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