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Design drawing for scarf 'Opera House' by Douglas Annand

Designed
Square of white Japanese paper with design in black fibre-tipped pen. Design is a line drawing of the Sydney Opera house, depicted at a 3/4 angle with it's harbour face seen in full and the southern 'sails' shown in profile. A sailing boat with a full sail is sketched in the lower right hand corner. The clouds and waves are represented by rough scribbles and highlighted with a thicker marking pen to give the impression of high wind and movement.

Summary

Object No.

94/155/18

Object Statement

Drawing, for 'Opera House' scarf, paper / ink, designed by Douglas Annand, made by Firsthand Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1969-1972

Physical Description

Square of white Japanese paper with design in black fibre-tipped pen. Design is a line drawing of the Sydney Opera house, depicted at a 3/4 angle with it's harbour face seen in full and the southern 'sails' shown in profile. A sailing boat with a full sail is sketched in the lower right hand corner. The clouds and waves are represented by rough scribbles and highlighted with a thicker marking pen to give the impression of high wind and movement.

Dimensions

Height

480 mm

Width

465 mm

Production

Notes

Designed for the company Firsthand Australia.

Firsthand Australia was established by Marie Opie and Rosemary Spittle in Sydney in the spring of 1969. Described in early publicity as "a marketing agency for designers", the partnership was in fact much more than that. During it's fourteen years of operation, Firsthand commissioned, produced and packaged, as well as marketed, the work of Australian designers and craftspeople such as Douglas Annand, Verney Watts, Ruth Julius, Ingrid Osborn and Phyllis Shave. It's specialisation was high quality souvenir and gift items, which ranged from printed silk scarves to aluminium paperknives and ceramic ashtrays. Firsthand ranges were sold in shops in most Australian states and through an outlet in New York.

History

Notes

Rosemary Spittle was a director of the company Firsthand Australia for whom this design was executed.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Rosemary Spittle and Marie Opie

Acquisition Date

4 July 1994

Cite this Object

Harvard

Design drawing for scarf 'Opera House' by Douglas Annand 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 9 December 2022, <https://ma.as/138999>

Wikipedia

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