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Australian accent : the designs of Annan Fabrics and Vandé pottery in the '40s and '50s
Bib ID 5316418
Format BookBook
Description Mosman, N.S.W. : Mosman Art Gallery, 2010 
26 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 26 cm. 
ISBN 9780977543281

The 1940s and 1950s saw the burgeoning of a distinctive Australian design style which drew inspiration from Australian flora and fauna and Aboriginal art and culture. Two enterprising Mosman design businesses both large and small who reflected this trend will be the focus of a new exhibition titled Australian Accent at the Mosman Art Gallery from 4 September to 10 October. Kangaroo hunts, emu tracks, strelitzia’s, banana fronds, lyrebirds and rock carvings made their appearance in the bold and decorative silk screen prints produced by Nan Mackenzie and Anne Outlaw who combined their names to form Annan Fabrics in Mosman in 1941. The two women converted an old cordial factory and mixed the dyes and screen printed the lengths of cloth themselves. These fabrics became wildly successful in the international and domestic marketplace and their designs were used by Qantas to help brand ‘modern’ Australian tourism and to decorate all the street banners for the 1954 Royal Tour. During the 1950s, small businesses like Mosman based Vande Pottery catered to the thriving tourist trade and produced hand crafted ‘Australian’ themed souvenir ware. Samuel Vandeslius, an English immigrant, established his pottery, Vande in Mosman, and like many of the contemporary potteries, employed recent graduates for the National Art School. These artists inspired by Australian Aboriginal motifs, local tourist brochures and the magazine Walkabout created and decorated a range of pots including ashtrays, vases, serving platters, pin dishes and wall plaques. --From Museum website.


Catalogue of an exhibition held at Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney,4 September - 10 October 2010.

Essays by Christina Sumner, Julie Petersen and Donna C. Braye.

Includes bibliographical references.

Subjects McKenzie, Nance, 1912- -- Exhibitions.  |  Outlaw, Anne -- Exhibitions.  |  Vandesluis, Samuel -- Exhibitions.  |  Annan Fabrics -- Exhibitions.  |  Vandé (Firm) -- Exhibitions.  |  Textile design -- Australia -- History -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.  |  Pottery, Australian -- History -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.  |  Decorative arts -- New South Wales -- Mosman -- History -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.  |  Art - Painting.  |  Art - Souvenir / Curio.  |  Art - Artists - Women.  |  Art - Non-Indigenous.  |  Economic sectors - Services - Business - Personal.  |  Art - Production - Materials / techniques.  |  Art - Exhibitions.  |  Enterprises - Arts and crafts.  |  Economic sectors - Fashion and design.  |  Economic sectors - Services - Business - Advertising and marketing.  |  Art - Textiles.  |  Art - Print and Printmaking - Screenprint.  |  Occupations - Designers.  |  Occupations - Business owners.  |  Technology - Pottery.  |  Art - Art motifs.  |  Art - Crafts - Advertising and marketing.  |  Art - Collections - Curators and curation.  |  Art - Ceramics.  |  New South Wales (NSW)  |  Mosman (N Sydney NSW SI56-05)
Other authors/contributors Sumner, Christina  |  Petersen, Julie  |  Braye, Donna C  |  Mosman Art Gallery


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