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Furnishing Fabric - John Rodriquez, 'Epergne', circa 1950s Object Reg. No: HT 12382

Furnishing fabric piece, circa 1950s. Designed by John Rodriquez, an influential Australian textile designer from the 1950s to 1970s. Screen printed by hand.

In the early days of his business in 1954, John Rodriquez used a 36 inch wide duck fabric. He continued using this type of fabric for about two years - he was able to buy small quantities and the supply was regular. Contemporary textile designs such as Frances Burke also used this fabric. However, the duck was too stiff to hang well, and the established market overseas was for 48 inch fabrics. Around 1956 he was able to find a supply of 48 inch cotton.
Three shades of brown/beige on white sailcloth/duck. Pattern printed along centre of fabric (repeating three times, parallel with fabric), comprising organic leaf, flower and swirl shapes, traced by a mushroom-coloured background. A stip has been cut out from one end.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Patricia Rodriquez, 2006
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 1164 mm (Height), 1254 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Full size of object, when flat - note that image shows just one portion of fabric. Note: strip cut from one corner.

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Tagged with: fabric designs, textiles, screen printing, handcrafts, furnishings, innovation design
Themes this item is part of: John Rodriquez Textile Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Printmaking
Tertiary Classification: textiles
Inscriptions: Text: EPERGNE An Original Hand-print by Rodriquez.
Artist: John Rodriquez, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s
Place & Date Made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s
References: Photocopies of old issues of Home Beautiful which display John's fabric designs have been offered by the donor.
Newspaper cuttings showing clothes made from Rodriquez-designed fabrics.

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