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Artwork - Fabric Design, John Rodriquez, 1950s Object Reg. No: HT 21669

Summary:
Watercolour design in black and yellow on buff cloured paper. Geometric design with fish and a lizard and possibly an emu in the centre, made 1950s. Donation includes newspaper cuttings showing fashion clothes made from these fabrics.

John Rodriquez studied art and design at RMIT in the late 1940s and became well known for his screen-printed textile designs in the early 1950s. From 1950 to 1980 he was one of a handful of Australian textile designers who developed a new contemporary style with innovative use of colour. His designs in the early 1950s were mostly of Aboriginal or geometric style. Later he turned to more abstract designs in the Scandinavian style. Later still he made bold use of colour. Rodriquez introduced unique Australian styles which have been imitated often since. He always stressed the importance of innovation. Many homes in Australia and overseas still have his art works in the linen cupboard.

John Rodriquez retired in 1988, handing the Rodriquez company to his son Rimian, who has computerised the screen printing and mostly employs other designers for the products, but still uses a few of his father's most popular designs. Rodriquez passed away in 2000.
Description:
Watercolour design in black and yellow on buff cloured paper. Geometric design with fish and a lizard and possibly an emu in the centre. On the back there are some sketches in pencil of the designs.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Patricia Rodriquez, 2006
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 560 mm (Height), 381 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: textiles, fabric designs, artworks, handcrafts, aboriginal art
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, Victoria, Australia, 1950s
Place & Date Made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 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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