May Day 1895 tea towel
This tea towel is inspired by an illustration by Walter Crane, a socialist and illustrator of children's stories. Towards the end of the 19th century, Walter Crane embarked on an annual project to produce illustrations celebrating May Day for the socialist magazine The Clarion. As a member of the Arts and Crafts movement, Crane was in favour of social reform at the same time as condemning the dehumanising effects of industry. In his illustration for May Day 1895, Crane includes slogans that underline this philosophy: "the land for the people", "no child toilers", "production for use not for profit", "the plough is a better backbone than the factory", "shorten working day and lengthen life" etc.