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Revere, Revolt

Revolution ⸰ Instinct ⸰ Transgression ⸰ Joy

⦁ Handcrafted in England

⦁ Unique triple bonded shower proof twill - incredibly strong

⦁ Vegan

Revere, Revolt asks us to embrace all beauty and truth we find. But also to harness the courage and joy of revolt - to not let tradition bind you. Here Taueber-Arp, as is typical, reconciles opposites; the geometrical with breathtaking sweeps of extravagant line, colour and form.

Comes in a stunning reusable 'Bags Of Ethics' cotton shoulder sling dust bag incorporating the ART WRD Welcome Poem. 


Sophie Taeuber-Arp "Untitled" 1949

“Everything to do with Sophie Taeuber-Arp has the luminosity of sunlight, and is the miracle which has replaced tradition. She is full of invention, whim and extravagance,” said the German artist, Hugo Ball.

In her early years, Taeuber-Arp was a key figure in the creation of the Dada movement. Through all her subsequent influential roles across multiple 20th century art movements she demonstrated Dadaism's core aims; her creations were both spontaneous and subversive. But also joyful as opposed to angry. The sense of movement she conjures feels liberating in its rhythmic patterns, its playful colour blocks. Neither cynical nor cold; Taeuber-Arp’s abstract art is life-affirming and full of humanity.

All of this applies to our image for Revere, Revolt. Mondrian's words on his creation of one the world’s most famous abstracts, which came in the wake of Taeuber-Arp’s work may help illuminate her achievements. He clearly defines a radical but classical approach to his painting 'Composition No. 10' (1939–1942) "constructed with awareness, but not with calculation, led by high intuition, and brought to harmony and rhythm."

We can see here that with a spare palette and vocabulary of forms, Taeuber Arp creates a feeling of freedom and energy. She resolves and reconciles contradictory extremes as she does across all her work; the intuitive and geometric, disorder and harmony, art and craft, figurative and abstract...

Taeuber-Arp embodies the reverence of beauty and truth as we find it and as we make it - through exploration, transgression and revolt. In doing this with such prolific verve, Taeuber-Arp achieves her stated ambition to make “living things” in “a new style that is fitting for us.”



E.H. Chapin "Living Words" 1860

“Truth is new, as well as old.”

Edwin Hubbell Chapin (December 29, 1814 – 1880) was an American preacher. He was also a poet, responsible for the poem Burial at Sea, which was the origin of a famous folk song, Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie.

What was most remarkable about the man were his powers of oration - we’d recommend looking at the Revere, Revolt explanation page to hear people’s reactions to his genius in full. It makes you wish you could have been there.

Chapin like Taeuber-Arp was filled with reverence whilst  also sweeping away boundaries. He was ‘the reverse of dogmatic in his spirit’ as quoted from his biography by Sumner Ellis;

His converting power was immense, only that he converted men to a love of the good and beautiful, rather than to any creed or special form of faith. He converted men from partial, embittering creeds, and from all sectarianism, to a nobler appreciation of the great Christian truths - the paternity of God and the brotherhood of man.”

He revolted like Taeber-Arp. He was brought up in an orthodox tradition but, although he avoided labelling himself as such, he was a key figure in the promotion of Universalist ideals - that all may enter heaven, that all can achieve grace and happiness.

Here is our quote in a fuller context:

"Truth is new, as well as old. It has new forms; and where you may find a new statement, an earnest statement, you may conclude that by the law of progress it is more likely to be a correct statement than that which has been repeated for ages by the lips of tradition."

This shows his highly progressive stance point. Not only does he allow for development and change, but he gives precedence to it over tradition.

The non-religious were just as deeply moved on hearing Chapin speak. This is his first entry into Living Words and may give us a small window into what it could have been like. Imagine hearing the following rung across a New York City church with crowds of 2000 or more spilling out of its doors listening in rapt awe…

A DAY! It has risen upon us from the great deep of eternity, girt round with wonder; emerging from the womb of darkness; a new creation of life and light spoken into being by the word of God. In itself one entire and perfect sphere of space and time, filled and emptied of the sun. Every past generation is represented in it; — it is the flowering of all history. And in so much it is richer and better than all other days which have preceded it. And we have been re-created to new opportunities with new powers; — called to this utmost promontory of actual time, this centre of all converging life. And it is for to-day’s work we have been endowed; — it is for this that we are pressed and surrounded with these facilities. The sum of our entire being is concentrated here and to-day is all the time we absolutely have.” 

We bet you feel like seizing the day now, right?!




Perfect for city days and country aways our Everywhere Tote bag is made for many lives.

⦁ Double handle poppers for security


⦁ Large, easy-access internal drop-pocket


⦁ Exploration label shows art and words info


⦁ Comes in a reusable cotton bag, pictured


⦁ Vegan 


Dimensions: 34 x 43 x 9cm 

Handle drop: 30cm

People & planet positive

We will only ever make products that are positive for people and our planet.

⦁ We use recycled nylon for stitch and bond strength. The rest is plastic-free.

⦁ Everyone involved in making an ART WRD is paid properly for their skill and expertise.

⦁ Our fabric comes through the leading ethical purchasing policy of Manchester's oldest textile supplier.


Our pioneering printing lasts a lifetime

In Nottingham, England we work with printing pioneers. Utilizing their specialist procedures, they are able to recreate artworks on novel materials with unparalleled colour vibrancy, image quality and colour durability.

Our bags are crafted by highly skilled, passionate people

Just across the Nottinghamshire Wolds in Melton Mowbray, our tote bags are handcrafted in small batches using traditional methods. This, along with the natural variation in these artisan products, means each one is unique. 

Each bag is triple-stitched at pressure points. Combine this with our triple-bonded shower proof twill and high-quality webbing handles and the result is a bag that, as well as looking remarkable, is immensely strong and durable.

In short, ART WRD bags are made to inspire you and be loved for a lifetime.