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Artwork - Fabric Design, Melbourne Olympics, John Rodriquez, circa 1956 Object Reg. No: HT 21670

Watercolour design in grey, black, white and yellow on buff cloured paper. It was made circa 1956 to be marketed during the Melbourne Olympic Games. 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.
Watercolour design in grey, black, white and yellow on buff cloured paper. Geometric design with flags and 'Melbourne Olympics' and '1956' inscription in white.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Patricia Rodriquez, 2006
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 560 mm (Height), 380 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Note: artwork is wider horizontally.

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Tagged with: textiles, fabric designs, artworks, handcrafts
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
Inscriptions: 1956
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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