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Piece of fabric screenprinted with the 'Emu-tracks' pattern, made by Annan Fabrics, Mosman, about 1941

1990.0050.0001

Piece of fabric screenprinted with the 'Emu-tracks' pattern, made by Annan Fabrics, Mosman, about 1941

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Piece of fabric screenprinted with the 'Emu-tracks' pattern.

Statement of significance

The 'Alexandra Kirkwood collection' consists of three pieces of calico designed and manufactured by Annan Fabrics, a prolific silk-screen printers workshop operating in Mosman, Sydney between 1941 and 1954. The textiles demonstrate two of Annan Fabrics' most popular designs - 'Kangaroo Hunt', an orange, black and white design depicting recurrent kangaroos and hunters set against stylised hills, and 'Emu Tracks', a brown and green design overlaid with interlocking emu footprints. The collection was acquired for the National Historical Collection in 1990 from Annan Fabrics co-founder Mrs Alexandra ?Nance? Kirkwood, (née Mackenzie) (1912-1999).

Representative of the arts and crafts movement of the 1940s and early 1950s, these vivid designs are a testament to the entrepreneurship of artists Nance Mackenzie and Anne Outlaw (1891-1991). The designs drew almost exclusively from Australian flora and fauna and, in response to interests of the time, adapted Aboriginal motifs and themes. As used to denote an authentic and recognisable Australian identity, Annan Fabrics received many commissions from corporate and private clients. This collection allows researchers to explore issues of Australian identity, the use of Aboriginal motifs in decorative arts and conveys insight into Sydney-based artistic expression during the mid twentieth-century.

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