The story of napery design in Australia is vividly illustrated by the work of Donald Bruce Clark. His contributions to the field were multifaceted; not only did he design his own range of napery, but he also played a crucial role in bringing to life the designs of the Australian National Trust. The Trust’s own designs, inspired by Australia’s unique flora and fauna, were hand-printed by Donald Clark, highlighting a collaboration that celebrated the nation’s natural beauty.

Today, the Australian Museum of Design plays a crucial role in reviving Clark’s legacy, producing his designs in bespoke quantities. These designs, unseen for over 50 years, include those originally screen printed for the Australian National Trust as well as Clark’s own extensive range. This resurgence connects contemporary audiences with the innovative spirit of past decades, showcasing the enduring appeal of Clark’s work alongside that of Chris Stone, who is renowned for his contributions to Sheridan Australia. Together, their works encapsulate a golden era of Australian napery design, bridging the past and present through the timeless beauty of functional art.

Cockatoo Florence Broadhurst TeaTowel with Australian Museum of Design Napery
'Cockatoo'
Swirl Florence Broadhurst Aubrey TeaTowel with Australian Museum of Design Napery
'Swirl'
Florence Broadhurst Aubrey TeaTowel with Australian Museum of Design Napery
'Aubrey'
Parakeets Chris Stone with Australian Tea Towel Design with Museum of Design Chris Stone, Donald Bruce Clark and Australian National Trust
'Parakeets'
Tulips Chris Stone with Australian Tea Towel Design with Museum of Design Chris Stone, Donald Bruce Clark and Australian National Trust
'Tulips'
Australian Museum of Design Sydney Harbour Bridge Chris Stone Tea Towel Design
'Sydney Harbour'
Flower Lily Chris Stone with Australian Tea Towel Design with Museum of Design Chris Stone, Donald Bruce Clark and Australian National Trust
'Lilys'
White Tulips Chris Stone with Australian Tea Towel Design with Museum of Design Chris Stone, Donald Bruce Clark and Australian National Trust
'White Tulips'
Botanicals Chris Stone with Australian Tea Towel Design with Museum of Design Chris Stone, Donald Bruce Clark and Australian National Trust
'Parakeet Garden'
Australian Museum of Design and Chris Stone 'Botanical Pink' Australian Design Tea Towels
'Botanicals Pink'
Australian Museum of Design Waratah Botanical Chris Stone Tea Towel Design
'Waratah Botanicals'
Garden Table Chris Stone with Australian Tea Towel Design with Museum of Design Chris Stone, Donald Bruce Clark and Australian National Trust
'Garden Table'
Australian Museum of Design Peonie TeaTowel Roberta Montorfano Peonie
'Peonie'
Australian Museum of Design with Roberta Montorfana Sunset Blooms Tea Towels
'Sky Blossom Sketch'
Australian Museum of Design Blue Paisley TeaTowel Roberta Montorfano Blue Paisley
'Blue Paisley'
Australian Museum of Design with Roberta Montorfana Apricot Blossom Tea Towels
'Apricot Blossom'
Australian Museum of Design Cabbage Flower TeaTowel Roberta Montorfano Cabbage Flower
'Cabbage Flower'
Australian Museum of Design with Roberta Montorfana Sunset Blooms Tea Towels
'Sunset Blooms'

Largest body of Australian designs

Unseen by the public for more than 50 years

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