A blog recording the Peasant Arts movement in Haslemere, Surrey, UK around the early 1900s, and it's founders Joseph King, Maude Egerton King, Godfrey Blount, Ethel Blount and Greville MacDonald. Arts and crafts, religion, literature, architecture, suffragettes, family trees, local locations and strong beliefs, this story has it all. Over a century later, their promotion of the pleasures of homemade craft is still relevant today.
The Gospel of Simplicity by Godfrey Blount - Part 3
from Arbor Vitae, Godfrey Blount, 1899
Godfrey Blount goes on to describe his Gospel of Simplicity: A Plea for Country Life and Handicrafts (1906) “It
would lead a reaction against the selfish commercialism and unspiritual
philosophy of the present day, and preach in their place the charm of content,
the pride of true independence, that is to say of living for other people, and not on
them, and the sweet unreasonableness of Faith.
"We must do things
be cause they are wanted, love things because they are alive, and believe things because they are obvious
"We must return in some sort to ideas and methods which the
modern world considers effete and superannuated, because it cannot understand
their underlying principles, or that they can be any principle at all or motive
for work other than that of getting the largest and quickest return for the
least immediate trouble taken.
"We must return to Simplicity, but not to innocence; to
simplicity, not because we are childishly ignorant ho complicated and confused
and cruel we can make our lives, but because we know it only too well, and are
determined to prevent their remaining so any longer; and so we must wage war
against all useless and cruel fashion (for useless fashion must always be
cruel), extravagance in dress, food, and service, because it hides the light
from others as well as from ourselves.If this is asceticism, it is asceticism for the sake of our own higher
comfort and humanity’s good, it is in fact supremely aesthetic – sensitively susceptible
to the higher claims of Beauty which is finally but another name for