The Powerhouse acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the ancestral homelands upon which our museums are situated. We respect their Elders, past, present and future and recognise their continuous connection to Country.
2007/110/2 Fabric lengths (6), 'Codswallop', 'Sydney Harbour', 'Bondi Bears', echidna print, sun print and koala print, screenprinted cotton, designed by Adrienne Higgs and Daniel Higgs, made by Scribbly Graphics, Thirlmere, New South Wales, Australia, 1980-2000. Click to enlarge.

Scribbly Graphics fabric lengths

Designed
These six lengths of screen-printed cotton fabric, titled 'Codswallop', 'Bondi Bears' and 'Sydney Harbour', were designed by graphic artist, Adrienne Higgs, for her range of children's clothing, called 'Scribbly Graphics'. She established the company in 1978, designing printed paper items before turning to fabric printing in the early 1980s. In 1987, Higgs' husband, Norman, joined the business to manage production. His arrival coincided with a decision to concentrate on a range of children's …

Summary

Object No.

2007/110/2

Object Statement

Fabric lengths (6), 'Codswallop', 'Sydney Harbour', 'Bondi Bears', echidna print, sun print and koala print, screenprinted cotton, designed by Adrienne Higgs and Daniel Higgs, made by Scribbly Graphics, Thirlmere, New South Wales, Australia, 1980-2000

Physical Description

Fabric lengths (6), 'Codswallop', 'Sydney Harbour', 'Bondi Bears', echidna print, sun print and koala print, screenprinted cotton, designed by Adrienne Higgs and Daniel Higgs, made by Scribbly Graphics, Thirlmere, New South Wales, Australia, 1980-2000

Length of screenprinted cotton fabric with the 'Codswallop' design of orange and yellow fish on a mid blue ground.

Length of screenprinted cotton fabric with the 'Sydney Harbour' design of a group of koalas in evening dress enjoying a drink on the harbour with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House in the background, all on a mid blue ground.

Length of screenprinted cotton fabric with the 'Bondi Bears' design of grey koala lifesavers on a navy blue ground.

Length of screenprinted cotton fabric with a design of red koalas on a dark blue ground.

Length of screenprinted cotton fabric with a design of yellow suns on a sky blue ground.

Length of screenprinted cotton fabric with a design of green echidnas and black ants on a blue ground.

Marks

No marks.

Production

Notes

Adrienne Higgs designed this collection of stationery, textiles and children's clothing between the late 1960s and around 2005. Her company, Scribbly Graphics, screen-printed many of these pieces, particularly the earlier works on paper and fabric. By the 1990s however, much of this printing was outsourced to Australian companies that included Petlee, Feral Fabrics, Melba Prints and Lani Durland of Ersatz.

Higgs' son Daniel Higgs also became involved in Scribbly Graphics, assisting with the design of some artwork including the 'Codswallop' and sun design, designing product and running and working in the Scribbly Graphics retail outlets.

History

Notes

Graphic artist, Adrienne Higgs, donated this collection of children's clothing, shop mannequins, printed stationery, slides and photographs to the Powerhouse Museum in 2007. These items represent the development of her screen-printing company, 'Scribbly Graphics', which she established in 1978 in Thirlmere in the Southern Highlands of NSW. Higgs later moved the company to Sydney where she opened three outlets for her range of printed children's clothing. She sold the company to a Japanese buyer in 2005.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Adrienne Higgs, 2007

Acquisition Date

23 August 2007

Cite this Object

Harvard

Scribbly Graphics fabric lengths 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 October 2021, <https://ma.as/367522>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/367522 |title=Scribbly Graphics fabric lengths |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=21 October 2021 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}