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Marimekko 'Eve' textile length, 1972
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Object statement
Textile length, 'Eve', screen-printed cotton, designed by Katsuji Wakisaka for Marimekko, Helsinki, Finland, 1972
Textile length, 'Eve', screen-printed cotton, designed by Katsuji Wakisaka (b 1944) for Marimekko, Helsinki, Finland, 1972.
This colourful semi-abstract expressionist design hand screen-printed on cotton in strong colours is characteristic of the bold Marimekko furnishing fabric designs Marion Hall Best sold through her Queen Street, Woollahra shop from the late 1950s.
The Finnish textile company Marimekko (established Helsinki, 1949) has been one of the most conspicuous design success stories of the 20th century. Founded as a subsidiary of a company called Printex in Helsinki in 1949, Marimekko flourished for over half a century (and continues to do so today), its success due largely to the dynamic personality and independent design philosophy of its founder Armi Ratia (1912-79). Marimekko opened its first store in Helsinki in 1953, producing hand-printed cotton fabrics and clothing, and began exporting in 1956. However it wasn't until the 1960s that the company's vivid, boldly patterned fabrics really began to capture the attention of world markets, ostensibly due to Jacqui Kennedy's much-publicised purchase of Marimekko dresses in 1958. By the mid 60s Marimekko had become the last word in modern interior decoration and liberated women's fashions.
Today, Marrimekko's strong, bright fabrics are making a comeback with the re-release of several iconic 60s and 70s patterns by Maija Isola (b. 1927) and Katsuji Wakisaka (born 1944).

Anne-Marie Van de Ven, Curator 2002

Reference: Mod to Memphis:Design in Colour 1960s-1980s, Anne Watson, Powerhouse Publishing 2002
Designed by Katsuji Wakisaka (b 1944) for Marimekko, Finland

Hand printed for Marimekko, Helsinki, Finland
Purchased from Marion Hall Best's interior decorating shop in Queen Street, Woollahra by Isobel Craig. Furnishing fabric used by the Bowie-Wilson (donors) family.

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Description
A bold, colourful semi-abstract expressionist design of red, pink, yellow and blue screen-printed on cotton furnishing fabric with white selvages down either side.

Designed: Wakisaka, Katsuji; ; 1972

Made: Marimekko; ; 1972

Owned: Hall Best, Marion; Woollahra, New South Wales; 1972
Marks
Designers name, name of print and country and date of origin printed along selvage 'KATSUJI WAKISAKA "EVE" copyright symbol MARIMEKKO OY SUOMI FINLAND 1972'.
2003/88/2
Production date
1972
Height
970 mm
Width
1360 mm

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Acquisition credit line
Gift of Jessie Bowie-Wilson, 2003
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{{cite web |url=http://from.ph/12261 |title=Marimekko 'Eve' textile length |author=Powerhouse Museum |accessdate=28 January 2015 |publisher=Powerhouse Museum, Australia}}


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