A sample of William Morris's printed fabric Strawberry Thief, a pattern of plants and birds on a dark blue background.

William Morris, “Strawberry Thief,” 1883. Printed textile (indigo discharge, madder, and quercitron on cotton). Victoria and Albert Museum.


On March 24th, 2021, Dr. Sarah Mead Leonard presented a talk titled “Morris’s Imperial & Environmental Materials: A Study in Indigo” to a digital audience on Zoom. Dr. Leonard discussed the indigo used to create Morris’s textiles. A question and answer period followed.

The talk, which took place on Morris’s 187th birthday, was the first event of the William Morris Society in the United States 50th Anniversary Series.

The event was recorded, and the video is available below or on our Youtube channel.