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86/1863 Textile, 'Geometric', cotton, screenprint, Annan Fabrics, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1950. Click to enlarge.

‘Geometric’ by Annan Fabrics

Two colour length of screen-printed fabric, 'Geometric' design, curcule and diamond motifs, designed by Alexander Mackenzie ('Nan' or 'Nance', 1912-1998) and printed by Annan Fabrics, Mosman, c. 1950

Summary

Object No.

86/1863

Object Statement

Textile, 'Geometric', cotton, screenprint, Annan Fabrics, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1950

Physical Description

Two colour length of screen-printed fabric, 'Geometric' design, curcule and diamond motifs, designed by Alexander Mackenzie ('Nan' or 'Nance', 1912-1998) and printed by Annan Fabrics, Mosman, c. 1950

Dimensions

Width

1200 mm

Production

Notes

Annan Fabrics was established as a screenprintery in Mosman in 1941, and operated for 14 years.
It was set up by Nan Mackenzie (now Mrs Alexandra Kirkwood) and Anne Outlaw.

Alexander Mackenzie 'Nan' or 'Nance' (1912-1998)
Anne Outlaw (nee Simpson) (b. 1892; arrived Australia 1922; d. 1991)

Mackenzie was the designer, Outlaw managed the business and both screenprinted the fabrics. They were often commissioned to make textiles for public buildings, in a manner that said something about Australia. In addition to producing abstract designs, Mackenzie also drew heavily on Australian wildlife and flowers for designs, occassionally also incorporating or adapted elements drawn from or referencing Aboriginal art and design.

History

Notes

Annan Fabrics was formed in 1941 when Mackenzie and Outlaw decided to go into business together and purchased a disused building in 1 Vista Street, Mosman. The designers had a strong relationship with Sydney architects and designers and completed many commercial commissions using their 'national' motifs. The company survived until 1955 when it went into receivership after a commission for 1500 street banners for the Queen's Royal Tour, went unpaid due to bankruptcy of the contractor.

Alexander Mackenzie 'Nance' (1912-1998) studied design at East Sydney Technical College but stopped during the depression. Nance joined the Society of Arts and Crafts of New South Wales which provided a forum for the discussion of design trends.

Before emigrating to Australia in 1922 Anne Outlaw (nee Simpson) (1892-1991) worked for British Prime Minister Lloyd George at 10 Downing St. She received an MBE and OBE in 1919 for her work during the Versailles Peace Conference at the end of World War 1.

Reference:
Mosman Art Gallery, 'Australian Accent : the Designs of Annan Fabrics and Vande Pottery in the '40s and 50's'

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs Alexandra (Nance) Kirkwood, 1986

Acquisition Date

31 December 1986

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Geometric' by Annan Fabrics 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 October 2020, <https://ma.as/61332>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/61332 |title='Geometric' by Annan Fabrics |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=26 October 2020 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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