Jane’s bedroom is wrapped in one of William’s iconic patterns, Willow Bough. May designed and stitched The Homestead and the Forest cot quilt that rests atop the bed. A few years before her death in 1938, she penned a letter to former beau George Bernard Shaw that spoke to the frustration she felt at the lack of accolades for her own accomplishments. “I am a remarkable woman,” she wrote, “always was, though none of you seemed to think so.” At long last, May Morris is receiving her proper due as a nonpareil designer, a craftswoman, a teacher, women’s rights activist, and the founder of the Women’s Guild of Arts.
Text Karen Callaway
Photography Jane Hope