Work of the Month

2004.23.41

Untitled (Mermaid)

Screenprinted fabric, STP

In Wartime Sydney, fabrics and dyes were in short supply. In the early years of the war heavy cotton was available, and single colour printing was mainly done.

This design is from that period. It shows mermaids frolicking and seahorses along with coral and seaweed.

Avis was sometimes given pieces of the fabrics she had designed and had her own clothing made from these.

She also collected off-cuts, some of the pieces she sewed together to make a bedcover. This piece of fabric was one of these.

A detail of this design has now been printed as a greeting card.