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Shirley de Vocht (Graphic Identities)

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Shirley de Vocht (1929–2003) found success as an industrial designer when there were few women in the field. She stood out as a jobbing designer for the textile and ceramic companies that thrived in Australia after World War II, distinguishing herself wherever she worked.

In 1951, de Vocht landed a job as head designer at Dri-Glo Towels. For eight years she brought her knowledge of jacquard weaving to her commercially successful designs. Some of de Vocht’s designs incorporated motifs from …