Have you ever been to an art gallery or maybe the zoo and on your way out through the gift shop bought yourself a tea towel as a keepsake of your day? I have. This year in fact from Dubbo Zoo. It was a very cool picture of a giraffe with the words “feeding time” on it. Kitch you might think.
However there is a whole group of artists who disagree. Tea towels are now becoming art. Companies such as Third Draw Down, http://www.thirddrawerdown.com , http://www.remedyonline.net.au and http://www.todryfor.com are commissioning artists and illustrators to design tea towels for them.
Abigal Crompton, Remedy Online
Katherine Brickman, Third Drawer down
Gemma Correll, To Dry For
The British Council even have tea towels in their collection by the artists Unity Peg http://collection.britishcouncil.org/collection/artist/5/19174
Unity Peg, British Council
The problem is, what do you do with your tea towel art, do you use it, put it in a draw, or maybe hang it on the wall? Tell me what you think.