Otago Polytechnic

A pair of Otago Polytechnic lecturers have given wings to a project that mixes cultural history, artistic flourishes and design nous.

Inspired by a series of iconic New Zealand postage stamps depicting New Zealand moths, Design lecturer Gavin O’Brien embarked on an applied design research project that has culminated in reproducing Enid Hunter’s 1970 design of a Tussock Butterfly.

He and Hannah Joynt, Lecturer in Art, Digital Media and Design at Otago Polytechnic, have produced a limited run of laser-cut wooden butterflies utilising a palette of Resene colours.

Supported by the copyright owners of the image, New Zealand Post, the project also aims to raise funds for Landcare Research’s Ahi Pepe/MothNet project.

“As a young stamp collector in the 1960s and early ‘70s, I was always taken by the highly stylised design,” Gavin reflects.

“We have produced a limited run of wooden moths to test the market. If successful, we might follow this up with a larger run, although that would depend on permission from NZ Post.”

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Published on 26 December 2018

Orderdate: 26 Dec 2018
Expiry: 31 Mar 2019