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Business Card - 'Rodriquez', circa 1970s Object Reg. No: HT 24711

Summary:
Business card printed with pink inscriptions and silver picture frame pattern, bearing the inscription 'rodriquez DESIGNERS AND FABRIC PRINTERS...JOHN RODRIQUEZ'. The card has the appearance of 1970s style.

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:
Business card printed with pink inscriptions and silver pattern. Pattern comprises picture frame ornamented with flowers and ribbons, and shield above, with the company name at the centre and the other inscriptions below.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Patricia Rodriquez, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 101 mm (Height), 63 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: screen printing, handcrafts, textiles
Themes this item is part of: John Rodriquez Textile Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection
Primary Classification: COMMERCE & RETAILING
Secondary Classification: Stationery & Office Supplies
Tertiary Classification: business cards
Inscriptions: 'rodriquez / PTY LTD / DESIGNERS AND / FABRIC PRINTERS / 56-58 PROTER ST, PREHRAN / VICTORIA 3181, AUSTRALIA / PHONE: 51 4925 / JOHN RODRIQUEZ'.
User: John Rodriquez, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1970
Place & Date Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1970

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