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"The goal of the colony, inspired by the ideas of John Ruskin and William Morris, was to become self-sufficient by creating beautiful and useful objects which could be sold to support the community."
A brief History of Woodstock by Edgar Leacraft,
former Woodstock Town Historian:
The Byrdcliffe Colony, also called the Byrdliffe Arts
Colony or Byrdcliffe Historic District, was founded by Jane and
Ralph Whitehead and colleagues, Bolton
Brown (artist) and Hervey
White (writer). The
Arts and Crafts Movement arose in the late nineteenth century in reaction
to the dehumanizing monotony and standardization of industrial production. It
was created as an experiment in utopian living inspired by the arts and crafts
movement. It remains focused on the development of artistic vision.
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