Story: Industrial design

School of Art advertisement

School of Art advertisement

This Canterbury College School of Art advertisement advises the 1887 reopening of the school. Among the subjects that students were to be taught was 'botanical drawing as applied to industrial design'. This might refer to the exquisitely detailed design to be observed in natural forms, or the way that botanical motifs were used to imbue manufactured products with the beauty of nature (particularly during the art nouveau period), or both.

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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Star, 1 February 1887, p. 2

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Michael Smythe, 'Industrial design - Teaching industrial design', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Michael Smythe, published 22 Oct 2014