The Mini Morris Project – Covid Creativity


What is the Mini Morris Project

The Mini Morris project is a community funded creative initiative designed by artist Sean Rodrigo to connect children currently stuck at home due to covid19 with the magnificent art and history of William Morris – a respected artist, designer, craftsman, writer who was born and live most of his life in Walthamstow, London E17.

William’s work was well before his time and we think we would have loved seeing what the talented children of the area might create with his image. 

Colouring activity sheet Learn to paint – Tutorial Videos AR William Morris Sculpture

The art boxes were were really well received. The teachers had the pleasure of seeing the kids faces light up! It was brilliant!  – Green Leaf Primary

The project in numbers


Happy children


ml of Plaster


ml of Non Toxic Paint


cm of recycleable bubble wrap


ml of Silicon


cm of 3d filament

What does the Mini Morris project look like?

A Mini Morris Plaster Sculpture – Photo by Richard Bowyer


The kit will include:

• 1 x Plaster model of William Morris (15cm tall)
• 5 x 20ml of paint (one pot each of Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, White)
• 1 x Paintbrush
• 1 x Paint Pallet for mixing colours.
• 3d Printed smartphone stand (to watch our painting video tutorials)
• Printed Painting placemat / Information sheet about William Morris, how the sculpture was made (including our corvid-19 precautions), Responsible safety recommendations

– Packaging including the cardboard box, cardboard bubble wrap, plastic paint pots (washed clean) and tissue paper all recyclable.

A Mini Morris Kit

Who was William Morris?

William Morris (Born 24 March 1834)  was a revolutionary force in Victorian Britain: his work as an artist, designer, craftsman, writer and socialist dramatically changed the fashions and ideologies of the era.

On 24 March 1834 at Elm House (Modern Day Walthamstow Fire Station), William Morris was born to affluent parents Emma Morris (nee Shelton) and William Morris Snr, who by this point was a senior partner at brokers firm Sanderson & Co. His success with the firm led to the family moving, in 1840 to Woodford Hall in Essex, with their four young children. They had eight children in total, who survived until adulthood, and moved again to the Water House in Walthamstow, following William Morris Snr’s untimely death in 1847. By all accounts, Morris enjoyed an idyllic childhood growing up in the countryside, playing with his siblings and reading books as obscure as The Arabian Nights and John Gerard’s Herball, showing his early interests in both nature and storytelling. His natural ability in reading and writing went hand-in-hand with his developing interest in the wildlife and flowers surrounding him, and this love of the natural world would have a growing influence on his work.

Morris would become one of the most significant figures in the arts and crafts movement, a man of far-ranging creativity and knowledge. Morris founded his firm Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co in 1861 with Burne-Jones, Rossetti, Webb, and others. They were a group of like-minded artists and craftsmen responding to the shoddy practises of much of Victorian manufacturing. The firm fast became highly fashionable and much in demand, and it profoundly influenced interior decoration throughout the Victorian period, with Morris designing tapestries, wallpaper, fabrics, furniture, and stained glass windows. In 1875, Morris assumed total control of the company, which was renamed Morris & Co and it subsequently traded until 1940, its longevity a testament to the success of Morris’s designs.

I do not want art for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few – William Morris

William Morris 1834-1896

How did the Mini Morris Project start?

At a recent visit to the William Morris Gallery, I created a 3D scan of the bust of William Morris which stands in the lobby of the Gallery. Taking approximately 80 photos on my smartphone I was able to use a computer to stitch the photos together into a 3d model using a process called photogrammetry.

I was then able to create a small 3D printed replica of the bust, and now, with the blessing of the William Morris Gallery I plan to move forward with the ‘Mini Morris Project’.

Artist Sean Rodrigo with a plaster mini morris sculpture – Photo by Jack Barnes

During downtime created by COVID-19, I will be using silicone moulds of my scan of William Morris to produce mini William Morris white plaster models to help keep homebound children occupied using art and creativity. I will be connecting to schools and local councils to find homes for the sculptures.

The models will be supplied free to families based in E17 who have school-aged children and can use the models as paintable art and history devices. If you wish to have one posted to you please contact me and I will organise an estimate for the postage costs only.

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The Mini Morris Project has been made possible with the support of:

The William Morris Gallery, Gofundme supporter donations, Banks Carpentry, Industrial Plasters and Gail M Pearce Graphic Design. 


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Activities for kids

Ask a parent or guardian to help with the below activities

Tutorial Videos for painting your Mini Morris

Augmented Reality Mini Morris

No app needed just visit a phone web browser or scan this QR code with a smartphone camera

Morris Gallery Colouring in sheet

Simply print at home and have fun colouring!


or via contacting Sean at

If you are able to donate please also fill in the form if you would like to request a Mini Morris Model

Share the project & your model

We’d love it if you wished to share the project with your friends and community!

When you’ve finished painting your model please share it with the world using #minimorrisprojectWe are keen to see all your photos and videos and will share the results with the William Morris Gallery and on social media.


Request a Mini Morris Model

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