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2007/110/8 Outfit, childs, consisting of trousers and t-shirt, screenprinted cotton, designed by Adrienne Higgs, made by Scribbly Graphics, Thirlmere, New South Wales, Australia, c. 2000. Click to enlarge.

Scribbly Graphics trousers and t-shirt

Designed
Consisting of echidna-print trousers and a matching t-shirt, this outfit was designed by graphic artist, Adrienne Higgs, as part of 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 clothing with colourful …

Summary

Object No.

2007/110/8

Object Statement

Outfit, childs, consisting of trousers and t-shirt, screenprinted cotton, designed by Adrienne Higgs, made by Scribbly Graphics, Thirlmere, New South Wales, Australia, c. 2000

Physical Description

Outfit, childs, consisting of trousers and t-shirt, screenprinted cotton, designed by Adrienne Higgs, made by Scribbly Graphics, Thirlmere, New South Wales, Australia, c. 2000

A pair of children's trousers made of blue cotton with a screenprinted design of green echidnas and black ants amongst green shrubs. They have an elastic waistband and two hip pockets. The trousers are machine sewn and fully lined with green cotton jersey that is visible at the turned up ankle cuffs. The trousers are size 3.

A child's long-sleeve t-shirt in green cotton jersey with a screenprinted design of an echidna and ants applied to the chest. The neck and wrist cuffs are made from a green ribbed cotton. The t-shirt is a size 4. The shirt is machine sewn and unlined.

Marks

Trousers: two white fabric labels inside proper right hip pocket: 'SCRIBLLY/GRAPHICS/AUSTRALIA/3', 'COTTON/CARE INSTRUCTIONS.../MADE IN AUSTRALIA'. Blue and white printed cardboard swing tag is attached to the fabric labels: 'AUSTRALIAN DESIGN FOR AUSTRALIAN KIDS/SCRIBBLY/visit us at www.scribbly.com.au'. Black fabric label at centre front waistband with koala motif 'SCRIBBLY/GRAPHICS'.
T-shirt: white fabric label inside centre back neck 'SCRIBBLY/GRAPHICS/AUSTRALIA/4', white fabric label inside proper left side seam 'COTTON/CARE INSTRUCTIONS...MADE IN AUSTRALIA'. Small navy and red fabric label at proper left side seam 'SCRIBBLY' on both sides.

Production

Notes

Adrienne Higgs designed this collection of stationery, textiles and children's clothing between the late 1970s 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.

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 trousers and t-shirt 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 October 2021, <https://ma.as/367625>

Wikipedia

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