Image of the week: 29th June - 5th July

26 June 2020

[Square blue flower design] by Chrystabel Aitken.

  • Image of the week 29 June 2020

    Image credit: Chrystabel Aitken, [Square blue flower design], c. 1920, Watercolour and ink on paper, UC-MBL-1674, UC Art Collection, Macmillan Brown Library.

Influenced by William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement, this beautiful wallpaper design was created by Chrystabel Aitken. Aitken attended Canterbury College School of Art in the 1920s and was tutored in painting, modelling, design, needlework and silversmithing. Her strength in decorative design epitomised the ubiquitous influence of the Arts and Crafts movement in New Zealand's art schools.

This design also features as one of the online jigsaw puzzles created from items held in the Macmillan Brown Library art and archives collections, http://kohika.canterbury.ac.nz/puzzles.html

See more about this artwork, and explore our archive and art collections in our catalogue, Kā Kohika.

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