When I had worked the pattern, from The D'Oyley Show
Women's Domestic Needlework Group, Sydney
1950 - 2017
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.
colour screenprint on thin white wove paper
73.5 x 49.0 image (irreg.); 78.8 x 51.3 cm sheet
Not on display
© Marie McMahon and Frances (Budden) Phoenix with the Women's Domestic Needlework Group
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Project 39 - Women's Imprint (1982), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Oct 1982–31 Oct 1982
See you at the barricades, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 May 2015–29 Nov 2015
Ewa Pachucka 'Arcadia: Landscape and bodies', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Mar 2018–29 Apr 2018