The Arts and Crafts movement began in England as an rebuttal to the over decorated Victorian style. When it was embraced in the USA, it was referred to as American Craftsman. The style – rustic, folk-like, a refined medieval look – was anti-industrial.
Kelly: My neighbors have either a real or reproduction of this Gustav Stickley Adjustable Back Chair in their living room. Personally I think they are uncomfortable and not the type of chair you cuddle up with a blanket and book in. But… apparently because Stickley’s company operated for less than 20 years, original works in good condition are rare. It is particularly his early furniture, produced between 1901 and 1904 that is considered rare and ultra collectible. In 1988, Barbra Streisand paid $363,000 for a Stickley sideboard. Stickley’s work was popularly referred to as being in the Mission style, though Stickley himself despised the term as misleading. In 1903 he changed the name of his company, to the Craftsman Workshops, and began an effort to market his works — by then including furniture as well as textiles, lighting, and metalwork — as Craftsman products.
Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.