Dahl Collings? multi-faceted design practice encompassed commercial art, collage, illustration, graphic, textile and costume design, photography, documentary film and painting. Dahl?s innovative techniques and ideas brought her success at home and abroad from the late 1920s-1970s.
Born Dulcie May Wilmott (1909-1988), Dahl moved from Adelaide to Sydney to study at the J.S. Watkins Studio and at East Sydney Technical College under Raynor Hoff - working from 1928 for Sydney department stores Hordern Bros, Farmer and David Jones.
In 1933, Dahl married Geoffrey Collings (1905-2000), the two collaborating from that time, often co-signing works Dahl and Geoffrey Collings. The name ?Dahl? was coined by Geoff around this time as a term of endearment.
Dahl and Geoffrey Collings travelled to Europe in 1935 where Dahl?s collages secured her work with Bauhaus professor, László Moholy-Nagy. The pair returned to Sydney in late 1938, travelling again to work in New York in the early 1950s when this folio of abstract textile designs was produced.
Anne-Marie Van de Ven, Curator, 2018