James (Jack) Boyd (born 14/02/1892) attended the Glasgow School of Art between 1909 and 1916. During his time at the GSA, his occupation progressed from Apprentice Designer, to Carpet Designer. At the School, he studied a variety of Evening Classes, beginning with design classes with Mr Nicholas, which he attended until 1911. These classes could have been part of the classes in partnership with the Glasgow Technical College for "commercial men engaged in the textile and allied trades". The course was established to furnish the students with knowledge of artistic principles and methods to be combined with the technical principles and methods they were learning at the Technical College. It was acknowledged that these students will, in the future "direct and influence design". The course heavily focussed on the artistic influence of Nature, and how this could be applied to the composition of patterns and colour.
For the rest of his time at the GSA, James Boyd studied classes in Drawing and Painting, and Life Drawing. Between 1913 and 1915, he achieved a Bursary of £2 a year from the General Secretary Education Committee. The conditions of achieving this bursary included executing the admissions test, and attending at least four evening classes weekly. In his last year, he attended evening classes in Drawing and Painting and Design.
James lived on Forrest Street in the East End of Glasgow, very close to Bridgeton and the Templeton Carpet Factory. It is therefore possible that he completed his apprenticeship and worked for the Templeton Carpet Factory as a designer.
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