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Fabric Sample - John Rodriquez, Boomerangs & Balls, circa 1956 Object Reg. No: HT 12395

Summary:
Fabric sample, circa 1956. Fabric pictured in newspaper cuttings included in donation. Olympic period.

Designed by John Rodriquez, an influential Australian textile designer from the 1950s to 1970s. Screen printed by hand. He would put out about three or four colour combinations of each design. He supplied sample lengths to retailers, who took orders based on the samples. John would then screen print the fabric to order.

In the early days of his business in 1954, John Rodriquez used a 36 inch wide duck fabric (fabric sample HT 12393 is 36 inches wide, or 91cm). 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.
Description:
Boomerangs and balls navy/white on turquoise.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Patricia Rodriquez, 2006
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 260 mm (Width), 900 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: fabric designs, textiles, screen printing, handcrafts, 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
Artist: John Rodriquez, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1956
Place & Date Made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1956
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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