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Sketches - Designs for Textiles, Royal Visit 1949, circa 1949 Object Reg. No: HT 24635

Folded sheet of off-white paper with pen and pencil sketches including animals, people and flowers, and designs for commemorative scarves including 'Royal Visit 1949'. Made by John Rodriquez, probably as artwork for a textile design. Around 1949 he began a business printing cards and handkerchiefs on his kitchen table.

A visit by King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret to Australia was planned for 1949, but the King's ill health forced the plans to be cancelled. He died in 1952. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip eventually visited in 1954.

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.
Sheet of off-white paper with pen and pencil sketches, folded into 16 (one of the 16 sections has been cut out). Sheet is matt on one side, glossy on the other, and deeply creased in centre from being folded in half. The sketches - very preliminary drawing ideas - include a crab, fish, people, a bird and flowers, and designs for commemorative scarves.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Patricia Rodriquez, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 382 mm (Height), 533 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Height and width measurements are interchangable.

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Tagged with: textiles, fabric designs, royal visits, handcrafts, artworks, 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
Inscriptions: One design on reverse - perhaps for a scarf - is inscribed 'Royal Visit / 1949'. Another is inscribed 'Visit to the M...[?] family 1948'.
Artist: John Rodriquez, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1949
Place & Date Made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1949

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