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Artwork - Design for Textiles, Skirt, Fish, White, Black & Brown, circa 1946-1954 Object Reg. No: HT 24645

Rectangle of paper featuring a painted illustration of full skirt, gathered to waist and extending to wide hem, with stylized fish shapes in white and black against a brown background, suggesting an Indigenous design. Painted by John Rodriquez, probably as artwork for a textile design.

The skirt has the appearance of the post-war period - perhaps late 1940s-early 1950s.

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.
Rectangle of off-white paper. Features a painted illustration of full skirt, gathered to waist and extending to wide hem. The skirt has a mid-brown background with stylized fish shapes in white and black, suggesting an Indigenous design. Beneath skirt the artist has scribbled some design ideas.

The edge of the paper is torn along one side; the work has a strong central crease from folding.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Patricia Rodriquez, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 558 mm (Height), 380 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: textiles, fabric designs, clothing, aboriginal art, handcrafts, artworks, innovation design
Themes this item is part of: John Rodriquez Textile Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Objects & Cultural Stereotypes in Museum Victoria Collections
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Printmaking
Tertiary Classification: textiles
Inscriptions: In pencil on front: notes relating to colour and numbers. On reverse: '30 Jervois St' and a sketch map.
Artist: John Rodriquez, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1946-1954
Place & Date Manufactured: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1946-1954

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