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Artwork - Fabric Design, John Rodriquez, 1950s Reg. No: HT 21667
- Watercolour design in yellow and brown on buff cloured paper adhered to larger grey paper, 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.
- Watercolour design in yellow and brown on buff cloured paper adhered to larger grey paper.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Ms Patricia Rodriquez, 2006
|Dimensions:||520 mm (Height), 384 mm (Width)|
|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|
|On Display at:||Melbourne Museum|
|Primary Classification:||MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY|
|Artist:||John Rodriquez, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1950s|
|Place & Date Made:||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1950s|
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.