Rebecca Lawrence, Carole Spink and Jane Martin are long-time fans of Broadhurst, a prolific wallpaper and textile designer working in the 1960s-70s who pioneered many innovative processes for wallpaper production in her Sydney design studio.
The trio is bringing some of the modern productions of these exuberant original silkscreen designs to the next Midcentury Modern fair at Dulwich College on Sunday, March 15.
With her flame-coloured hair and flamboyant dress sense, Broadhurst’s charismatic personality originally took her in the 1920s to the Far East as a cabaret artist where she set up a finishing school in Shanghai. Moving to London, she opened a French couture shop in Bond Street calling herself Madame Pellier.
Her fame as a designer grew down the years and in Sydney, Broadhurst, aged 60, launched a hand-print wallpaper business which eventually offered 500 designs. It was in her studio, aged 78, that she was murdered 43 years ago with the murder remaining unsolved.
Lawrence, Spink and Martin are among the exhibitors at the college event, which features 60 Mid-century dealers and 28 Contemporary designers.