Foreword, pp. [iii]-iv ff.
FOREWORD PERSISTENT in the aim proposed in its initial num- ber, "The Craftsman" for the current month offers to its readers a series of papers upon certain phases of art allied to Labor. Metals, the objects which are made from them, and the processes which are applied to them are here considered by a number of writers, several of whom are themselves craftsmen. It is hoped that the suggestions upon the use of enamel as a decorative agent may awaken interest in a medium of artistic expression, as yet little understood in America, but possessing almost unlimited possibilities of picturesqueness to be added to our interiors and even, as the writer indicates, to our public thorough- fares. The articles by the women workers in metals, technical and practical, like those upon the art of book-binding contained in the April issue, will doubtless prove instructive to those practically interested in these special crafts. They are also a sign of the times, hopeful and not to be disregarded, showing that the ques- tion of sex is relatively unimportant, and that workman- ship alone is the test through which the right to labor and to create is gained. The critique of the Alexander W. Drake collection : section of brass and copper vessels, is written by one competent to judge of its value. The article is unusual, as coming from an artist and craftsman, .. that, beside treating of medium, form and color, it reaches out to questions social and racial. It is a tribute to the art of which William Morris was the advocate and prophet; a system created by the people for the service of the people, and which supplies a first necessity of all civilized life. In such service "The Crafts- man" will continue to put forth effort, and workers in any medium are invited to accept the aid of this publica- ,ftion for their encouragement and advancement. Anything
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