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Title

When I had worked the pattern, from The D'Oyley Show

1979


Artists

Women's Domestic Needlework Group, Sydney

Australia

Marie McMahon

Australia

1953 -

Frances Phoenix

Australia

1950 - 2017


About

Distinctly Australian designs began to appear in fancywork following a competition run by Melbourne's 'Weekly Times' in 1923. 'A Mother' invited women to crochet 'something original and characteristic of their own country', with five pounds offered for the 'best design introducing Australian flora and fauna or landscape'. In 1924, 'The Weekly Times book of Australian filet crochet' reproduced a selection of works and their patterns.

Miss S Duke's 'Bush hut triangle', seen on this poster, was included in the publication, with its gumnut border and huts, complete with smoking chimneys. Miss Duke, from Bullarook, wrote, 'I daresay that many women will now design their own laces. I know that I shall try again'. This poster celebrates the pioneering crochet and needlework designs of Australian women.


Details


Date

1979


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour screenprint on thin white wove paper


Dimensions

73.5 x 49.0 image (irreg.); 78.8 x 51.3 cm sheet


Credit

Purchased 1981


Location

Not on display


Accession number

175.1981.7


Artist information

Women's Domestic Needlework Group, Sydney

Works in the collection

10

Artist information

Marie McMahon

Works in the collection

25

Artist information

Frances Phoenix

Works in the collection

10


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Macushla Robinson, See you at the barricades, Sydney, 2015, 12 (colour illus.), 47.

Anna Waldmann, Project 39 - Women's Imprint, Sydney, 1982. no catalogue numbers; not paginated