“When we come to make things ourselves . . . we should not only find more pleasure in making them but we shall take more pleasure in possessing them.” —Gustave Stickley, The Craftsman, March 1905
Gustav Stickley believed in the do-it-yourself spirit and encouraged people to make furniture and furnishings for their homes. He provided plans for these projects in his monthly magazine The Craftsman. View The Craftsman online.
As part of the upcoming exhibition Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement, we invite you to take up Stickley’s challenge and create pieces inspired by his designs. We would like you to document your process through photographs or videos and send them to us. Your Stickley-inspired projects will be featured in the education space of the exhibition.
o Birdhouse and Doghouse, The Craftsman (March 1905), pp. 723-726
o Round Table, The Craftsman (April 1905), pp. 92–93
o Mantel and Wall Clocks, The Craftsman (December 1905), pp. 432-433
o Child’s Open Bookcase, The Craftsman (October, 1906), 120-121
o Curtains and Pillows, The Craftsman (June 1904), pp. 312–315
o Stencil Designs, The Craftsman (January 1913), pp. 470–475
Reclining chair No. 2340 (No. 336), designed c. 1901, executed c. 1901–1902, Gustav Stickley, The Gustav Stickley Company, c. 1898–1901, or United Crafts, c. 1901–1903 Oak and leather upholstery, Collection of Gregg G. Seibert