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Furnishing Fabric - John Rodriquez, Brown and Green Abstract, circa 1955-1960 Object Reg. No: HT 12387

Summary:
Furnishing fabric off-cut, circa 1955-1960. 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. The original width of HT 12387 is unknown, as it is an off-cut.
Description:
Two-tone mid-brown abstract design on white background, featuring lines intersected by sphered, and a waved pattern behind.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Patricia Rodriquez, 2006
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 300 mm (Width), 700 mm (Length)

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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
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Printmaking
Tertiary Classification: textiles
Artist: John Rodriquez, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1955-1960
Place & Date Made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1955-1960
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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