Australian Fabric Designer – John Rodriquez

John Rodriquez became well known for his textile designs in the early 1950’s. He introduced a unique Australian Style. His abstract textile designs included everyday household items tea towels and curtains. The materials were sunburnt Australian shades, “deep and muted, sometimes almost three dimensional”. Greys, yellows and greens were the prevailing shades.

Wall Hanging – John Rodriquez, Calendar, 1974

His designs originate from little things, a cotton reel or a passing cloud, and many of them had indigenous symbolism woven into them.

Greeting Card – John Rodriquez, Aboriginal Design, 1950s

Wall Hanging – John Rodriquez, Calendar, 1974


1955 ‘Woman’s Page 1.’,The Argus(Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), 13 May, p. 16, viewed 20 July, 2014,

1954 ‘good design.’,The Sydney Morning Herald(NSW : 1842 – 1954), 4 November, p. 3 Section: Women’s Section, viewed 20 July, 2014,

Museum of Victoria n.d., John Rodriquez Textile Collection, accessed 20 July 2014,

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