Welcome to “What’s Your Space?”
What’s Your Space? encourages primary-aged children (ages 8 to 11) to think about design, making and aesthetic.
It has been created in celebration of the opening of the David Parr House in Cambridge
Enjoy the video, made in collaboration with the teenage #BeACreativeProducer team, and then use the resources below to explore design and making in the classroom or workshop setting.
We’d love to see any rooms your create, so pls do get in touch!
Who Was David Parr?
David Parr was a working-class Victorian decorative artist who worked for the Cambridge firm of artworkmen, F R Leach & Sons. He moved into 186 Gwydir Street, Cambridge in 1886.
What Kinds of Things Influenced the Work of David Parr?
David Parr learnt his many skills there, painting houses and churches with designs created by some of the best architects and designers in the country, including George Frederick Bodley, William Morris and Charles Eamer Kempe.
Over 40 years, David Parr decorated his own terraced home in the style of the grand interiors he worked on every day. His house became a pattern book of the work of late 19th century masters, including William Morris, perfectly crafted and painted with care. In 1912, David Parr inscribed ‘If you do anything, do it well’ in his house, and his patterned, hand-painted walls are a testament to that maxim and to the values of the Arts & Crafts movement in general.*
What Does “Aesthetic” Mean?
The room in the David Parr video above shows a very strong aesthetic sense which owes a great deal to the Arts & Crafts Movement.The Arts & Crafts movement was a reaction to industrialisation, to big business and mechanisation. The decorative arts and craftsmanship were ways of reconnecting people to the places they lived and worked.*
The word Aesthetic can be defined as “If you like a certain type of interior design, or art form, or particular band, or even a certain colour … that is your aesthetic.” Find more definitions at https://www.dictionary.com/browse/aesthetic