Unit 10 – Self Directed Project: Brief 1 – Medium: Tea Towels

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While trying to think about some other things for this project (to stop me going absolutely mad about time and space!) I was thinking about the form that this piece could take.

One issue I have with cookbooks is that they are totally not made for the kitchen. Especially when making jam! Even when I was documenting my process on paper, I probably had about half of my jam mixture on the paper, where it was not meant to be! If my paper was a cookbook, you could never close the pages as they would get stuck together, so really paper is the worst material to take into a kitchen.

I first thought about things resistant to jam, maybe some waxy kind of paper that could be wiped clean. Then I considered plastic, this would definitely a good choice due to the clean-ability of it. Perhaps newsprint, make lots of prints of the same recipe, then you could throw away dirty ones. Then I had a lightbulb moment… WHY NOT A TEA TOWEL!
Material/Fabric would be a good choice, its washable and also can be folded up small to be put away (not like plastic perhaps), you can also dry up the tools you used to make your jam with it. Plus it belongs in the kitchen! Plus when you think of jam and cooking you have to think of the washing up to ( The worst bit!)

I have started to look into tea towels. Lots of places online now print on tea towels, so this kind out outcome would not be unreachable. Also I could print it myself, buy the linen, cut to size, take to Byam Shaw and use the correct fabric screen ink.

Wikipedia, Towel

A towel is a piece of absorbentfabric or paper used for drying or wiping. It draws moisture through direct contact, often using a blotting or a rubbing motion. Common household textile towels are made from cotton, rayon, bamboo, nonwoven fibers or a few other materials…

A tea towel (English) or dish towel (American) is a cloth which is used to dry dishes, cutlery, etc., after they have been washed. In 18th century England, a tea towel was a special linen drying cloth used by the mistress of the house to dry her precious and expensive china tea things. Servants were considered too ham-fisted to be trusted with such a delicate job, although housemaids were charged with hand-hemming the woven linen when their main duties were completed.[citation needed] Tea towels have been mass-produced since the Industrial Revolution.

http://www.all-tea-towels.co.uk

Linen tea towels are colour-fast, resistant to stains and abrasion damage, become softer and more absorbent the more times washed, and do not leave any surface lint on your kitchen dishes and glassware.

http://www.todryfor.com
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