Michael O'Connell (Paperback)

Harriet Edquist

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Paperback. Michael O'Connell: The Lost Modernist is a beautifully produced book that documents the life and work of this major figure in AngloAustralian design history. Born in Cumbria in 1898 Michae.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 212 pages. 1.150. Bookseller Inventory # 9781877096389

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Synopsis: Michael O Connel: The Lost Modernist is a beautifully produced book that documents the life and work of this major figure in Anglo-Australian design history. Born in Cumbria in 1898 Michael O Connell saw action on the Western Front in WWI before moving to Australia in 1920. Over the following 17 years he became a critical member of the burgeoning Modernist movement in Melbourne primarily through his innovative and dynamic textiles. First exhibited in 1930 his hand block-printed fabrics revolutionised Australian textile design, which at the time was an entirely amateur affair, and laid the foundations of its future development. On his return to the UK in 1937, O Connell became a key figure in contemporary textile design, producing fabrics for Edinburgh Weavers in 1938 and then for Heals during the 1940s and 1950s. He was involved in a number of progressive government-initiated projects for schools and public institutions in the optimistic years of post-war Britain, including the celebrated wall hangings for the Country Pavilion at the Festival of Britain in 1951. During the 1960s until his death in 1976 O Connell kept pace with contemporary art practice from his studio-home in Perry Green Hertfordshire, producing large-scale, innovative textile murals in his unique combination of batik and resist dyeing. The Lost Modernist illustrates and discusses over 100 works from Australian and British public and private collections within the context of 20th century design history and the framework of O Connell s life.

About the Author: Harriet Edquist is Professor of Architectural History in the School of Architecture & Design, and Director of the RMIT Design Archives at RMIT University, Melbourne. She has published extensively on Australian architecture, art and design with a particular focus on Victoria in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and has pioneered studies on the Australian Arts and Crafts movement. Her most recent books are Designing Place. An Archaeology of the Western District (2010), George Baldessin. Paradox and Persuasion (2009) and Pioneers of Modernism. The Arts and Crafts Movement in Australia (2008).

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Title: Michael O'Connell (Paperback)
Publisher: Melbourne Books
Publication Date: 2011
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