Years ahead of her time, the complex, eccentric and talented Florence Broadhurst was born in rural Queensland, Australia in 1899. By the time of her death in 1977 Broadhurst had lived and worked in Australia, Asia, and England; performed professionally on stage; been befriended by royalty; exhibited her paintings; and started an internationally successful wallpaper company whose success was based upon her own designs.
She combined hints of the orient with Europe’s 1930s-style modernism. She fused english floral patterns with splashes and swirls, bamboo and willow, kangaroos and peacocks creating extremely elegant pieces.
Her work lives on through Signature Prints of Australia who continue to manufacture wallpaper, fabric and limited edition art featuring her designs. Her designs are so of-the-moment, obviously a strong inspiration for many of the textile designers working today.