Scribbly Graphics shop mannequins

Made in Australia, Oceania, c. 2000.

Australian screen-printing company, ‘Scribbly Graphics’, used these wooden mannequins to display its range of children’s clothing in its Sydney stores. Depicting happy, animated children, the cut-outs reflect the company philosophy of capturing the ‘fun and freedom’ of the Australian lifestyle. Higgs established Scribbly Graphics 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. ...

Summary

2007/110/16
Shop mannequins (4), wood, made for Scribbly Graphics, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 2000

A collection of four painted, wooden cut-outs of children for the display of children's clothing. The two-dimensional, male and female figures are depicted in animated positions with smiling faces.

Production

These painted, wooden mannequins were made for the Australian clothing company, 'Scribbly Graphics', to display its range of children's clothing in its Sydney stores.

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.
c. 2000

History

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 New South Wales. 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.
Scribbly Graphics c.2000

Source

Gift of Adrienne Higgs, 2007
23 August, 2007

Cite this Object

Scribbly Graphics shop mannequins 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 18 November 2017, <https://ma.as/367856>
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This object is currently on display in Experimentations at the Powerhouse Museum.
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