Donald Clark placemats

'Cigarette' ashtray & Daniel Clark placeats‘Fish’ placemats by Donald Clark,
made in Australia 1960s

The Australian artist – cum graphic designer- Donald Clark is having a resurgence right now. The pattern on these linen placemats is [unsurprisingly] ‘Fish’ and the limes and greys and very funky 60s-ness reminded me of this 60s ashtray. There are four placemats in the set, all with Donald’s signature.

Yes- that’s an ironic 60s ashtray that features cigarettes on a painters easel. Surrounded by abstract art forms, in a funky 60s shape, that’s an astray that I can enjoy. [Plus it’s never been used and would make a great pin dish.]

As an ode to the funky 60s, this set is for sale: $60

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Donald Clark #upcycled cushions [sold]

Donald Clark upcycled cushions, 1960sDonald Clark upcycled cushion covers
made in Australia 1960s

I recently celebrated two Donald Clark wall hangings – ‘Lotus’ and ‘Paddington Terraces’. I had only just posted the images when both hangings were snapped up.

These are a pair of cushion covers I upcycled from another Donald Clark hanging. Clark’s signature is on the bottom right of the right hand cushion. You can see the left cushion once sat above the top of the right cushion- forming a 60s flower posy.

Donald Clark was really two brothers, Robert and Bruce Clark who started producing screen-printed linen items in 1952 in Sydney. The company is still in production, now managed by Liz Clark [Robert’s daughter] and mostly involved with re-issuing original designs.

Clark’s work- usually on linen, and always featuring bold, abstract images in great 50s and 60s colours- is now very collectable. A lot of the works were on linen teatowels, which makes me think that people were influenced by great art in the household context – and now grew nostalgic for the art they remember when drying up!

I love the graphic quality of the images – really very bold for Australia in the 50s and 60s. I used vintage linen for the backs of the covers – in a green that complements the brilliant colours of the design.

These upcycled cushion covers: $AU50/pair

50s wall-hanging [sold]

Donald Clark wall-hangingDonald Clark wall-hanging,
made in Sydney, Australia 1957

Following on from the Rodriguez wall-hanging- here is another seminal Australian artist : Donald Clark.

This wall-hanging is also a hand-printed image on linen, and hung with Australian timber- and Donald Clark was also well known for his linen tea towels with Australian themes in the 50s and 60s.

Donald Clark was really two brothers, Robert and Bruce Clark who started production of screen-printed linen items in 1952 in Sydney. The company is still in production, now managed by Liz Clark [Robert’s daughter] and it’s mostly involved with re-issuing original designs.

The wall-hanging is a rare example of Donald Clark’s interest in retail- depicting Paddington ‘terrace’ shops Pastry, Fish and Green Grocer – each with its respective merchant. This hanging is in ‘blue’ colourway – the design was also produced in green and purple. The hanging is signed.

The wall-hanging is in excellent condition and is for sale: $AUD55