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A9262 Accessories (15), womens costume, painted kid leather and other materials, Lucie Dalgarno, Australia, 1925-1945. Click to enlarge.

Accessories by Lucie Dalgarno

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Lucie Gertrude Dalgarno (1874-1945) was a prolific artist and designer. Often known as Gertie, she had a passion for brilliant colour and created many new techniques in her work that reflected the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century. When her husband, Charles Robert Dalgarno died in 1912 she had four young children to support. She went to work at Ward's in York Street, Sydney, embroidering her designs onto garments. In 1916 she joined the Society of Arts and Crafts of NSW and exhibited her work in their gallery in Rowe Street. In the early 1920's, she painted batik designs on clothing for David Jones and employed up to four girls to carry out the repeat work.
Dalgarno opened a studio shop in Victoria Arcade near Rowe Street in Sydney where she designed bridge capes and made kid leather native flowers spray brooches and handbags for customers. Wool and kid gum blossoms were a particular favourite and she made many thousands of them, though few survive. Her daughter, Jan, remembers Lucie painting kid leather flowers with Kodak tinting inks and how everyone sent her their used kid gloves to recycle into this inventive jewellery. All her work involved painting either on silk, velvet or kid leather. These floral sprays made use of painted fish scales. Japanese influences are evident in the cut of her garments and the concept of the garments being 'canvases' for her painting.
Dalgarno was an adventurous woman and raised considerable funds for the war effort through her painting and clothing designs. Her car trip across the United States in 1939 gave her an opportunity to raise money through lectures about her experiences in a world that would never be quite the same again.

Lindie Ward
Curator 14/1/09

Ref: L.G.Dalgarno 'With Sketchbook in Hand; Letters from the USA, 1939' pub. Seaview Press, 2008

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Summary

Object No.

A9262

Object Statement

Accessories (15), womens costume, painted kid leather and other materials, Lucie Dalgarno, Australia, 1925-1945

Physical Description

Accessories (15), women's costume, painted kid leather and other materials, Lucie Dalgarno, Australia, 1925-1945

Production

Notes

Lucie used photographic inks to colour the leather she used for these pieces. Janet McCredie watched her grandmother do this painting as a child. (Lindie Ward 24th Dec 2008)

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Jean Taylor, 1983

Acquisition Date

26 July 1983

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Accessories by Lucie Dalgarno 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 16 April 2021, <https://ma.as/203550>

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