This is a blog for people whose hearts, like mine, skip a beat when they meander past an Art Deco building or glimpse a photograph of a woman sporting the 1920s flapper style. It is also for those who share a broader interest in Queensland’s social and cultural history.
My aim is to document the influence of Art Deco in Queensland during the interwar period, in architecture, interior design, fashion, travel, advertising and more. It is an archive that will build up slowly over time, with each post exploring a specific example of the Art Deco style.
There is debate about precisely what the term ‘Art Deco’ means, particularly as it was only coined in the 1960s. For the purposes of this blog I am taking a liberal approach, understanding it to mean the modern aesthetic that took full flight between the end of WWI and beginning of WWII.
Your comments and ideas are welcome
I hope this blog contributes to building a community of people who share an interest in both admiring and preserving Queensland’s Art Deco heritage and would enjoy a forum for discussing it. Your comments on posts are very welcome, including additional information you may wish to add to my research or different interpretations you may have. I only ask that your comments are courteous and respectful of participants. I retain the right to moderate comments in this regard.
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About me: I have held various professional roles in research, arts policy, cultural programming and community development, in both the government and non-government sectors. I have an educational background in art history, history and social work, and a strong interest in Australian social and cultural history. In 2015, I was a contributing author to the book ‘Brisbane Art Deco: Stories of Our Built Heritage’. My love of Art Deco was ignited in my childhood, when I would walk past the Montvue Building in West Ashgrove on my way to primary school and marvel at the McWhirters facade on shopping trips to the Valley.
What a fantastic project I hope it builds into a fantastic archive there are lots of hidden gems in Brisbane and some fantastic buildings around the State. Good luck with it. I’ll be a regular visitor!
Great idea Iona. I hope you enjoy the research, writing and blogging as much as I do. Watch out – it is rather addictive 🙂
Gorgeous writing – looking forward to learning more about Deco gems and Queensland’s social history generally. Thank you for pointing out the tilted foot with sneaker in the fashion post.
Interesting site thank you. Perhaps the Archerfield Airport building would qualify for inclusion. http://brisbaneopenhouse.com.au/2015-buildings/archerfield-airport-bld-271
Thanks John. Yes, Archerfield Airport is a wonderful example and is on the list for future inclusion! Thanks so much for the suggestion.