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Furnishing Fabric

1929 (manufactured), December 1926 (manufactured)
Place Of Origin

Furnishing fabric of roller printed cotton.

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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Roller printed cotton
Brief Description
Furnishing fabric of cotton, designed by Mary Gibbs, Australia, 1929
Physical Description
Furnishing fabric of roller printed cotton.
    Credit line
    Given by the Manchester Design Registry
    Object history
    The design of this furnishing fabric was taken from May Gibb's book "Gum Babies".

    Her illustrations of the Gum Nut world first appeared in 1916. The facility with which she adapted topical life to this world proved her undoing for her drawings eventually appeared in comic strip form in the daily newspapers. The reduction of her original idea to a mere formula and the resultant slickness of drawing robbed her work of its earlier interest. But at their best the stories of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Ragged Blossom and Little Obelia provide a uniquely Australian interpretation of the world of faery. It is unusual to find plant life, instead of animals, providing a basis for fantasy.
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    record createdNovember 22, 2001
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