KEN DONE BOOK GIVEAWAY: Entries bring back memories

Ken Done

Ah, the colourful memories.

To win an autographed copy of artist Ken Done's autobiography we asked you to tell us about your first Ken Done article. The answers brought back vivid recollections of special events from one person's 1983 Sydney celebrations for The American World Cup to the 1988 Brisbane World Expo.  People spoke of flower and butterfly designs, the joy of using Ken Done designs in the family home,   and how  items of scarfs, placemats and even umbrellas evoked fond thoughts of loved ones.

We at Seniors News, enjoyed the response so much, we thought we would share.:

 (For obvious reasons we have excluded names and included the general address). Please note the Ken Done book competition closeson August 12 and winners will be contacted within the next two day.  Winner's names will be published in September, Seniors News, editions.

A set of placemats called "Barrier Reef Garden" printed by Ken Done was given to me in the 1980s which I still use to this day.

KEN DONE BOOK GIVEAWAY: The iconic artist's life in colour

-          Redland City, Qld

I have headsquare in Ken's signature pink, purple, yellow and turquoise design on a black background.  It belongs to my mother and brings me happiness.

-          Bribie Island, Qld

"A vibrant, landmark-blue, seaside-patterned headscarf remain a fond purchase from (Brisbane) World Expo 1988 - my original discovery of artistic output by Australia's Ken Done.

-             Indooroopilly, Qld.

My two treasured items of Ken Done were: 1. Umbrella, 2. Beach bag.  They were purchased in Sydney when we were celebrating the win of the 1983 America's Cup boat race. Sadly both have worn out, but great memories.

-          Central Coast.

The first thing I bought was two doona covers and pillow cases  for my two daughters and two t-shirts and I used to buy his calendars each year and I framed most of the pictures over the years. I guess I just loved his work

-          Bateau Bay.

The Ken Done printed silk scarf which I still treasure today was given to me by a very dear friend over 30 years ago.

-          Hervey Bay

On a  1987 family holiday I brought "Ken Done Fiji" poster. Brightening my hairstyling salon which on retirement became my studio.  I love the print.

-          Darling Downs

Being a sewer I bought Ken's materials blues, yellow, big butterflies and flowers stapled it onto pineboard 123m x 110cm at the top of my stairs, it's still commented on by visitors 40 years later and hasn't faded.

-          Ballina, NSW

Sadly, I can no longer wear it, but I thought I looked great in my iconic bright blue Ken Done bathers with colourful butterflies.

-          Mooloolaba, Qld

Ken Done's doona covers flew from our Tasmanian island home to boarding school.  These same doona covers are being used by grandchildren 30 years later.

-          Urangan, Qld

First item I owned of Ken Done's work was a calendar with images for each month. I could enjoy copies of his work c.1980.

-          Caboolture

I've been wearing him around my neck for the past 40 years and that scarf is as good today as when I bought it.

-          Surfers Paradise

A keepsake of placemats from my late father, have a rare, unusual riot of colour which gives me a happy feeling in memory.

-          Toowoomba

I did my daughter's room up with a doona and curtains when she was about 8-years-old using Ken Done's quilt and curtains.

-          Cleveland, Qld

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