Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Tea towel art exhibited in Bath

Undated photo issued by Bath Spa University of a Scottish Clans tea towel from the exhibition Drying to Know at at Bath Spa University in Bath. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday November 4, 2013. Drying to Know will focus on informative and instructional tea towels to highlight how the kitchen staple can be used as a communication tool. Art fans will be encouraged to view the humble tea towel as a work of art, form of advertising, instructional guide and a "celebration of all things British". The two-week exhibition will be held at Bath Spa University's 160-year-old Bath School of Art and Design campus and features tea towels listing wedding anniversary designations, Scottish clans and food advice. See PA story ARTS TeaTowel. Photo credit should read: Bath Spa University/PA WireNOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A university is hosting an exhibition to mark the changing "class and cultural aspirations" of British generations - through tea towels.

Drying to Know will focus on informative and instructional tea towels to highlight how the kitchen staple can be used as a communication tool.

Art fans will be encouraged to view the humble tea towel as a work of art, form of advertising, instructional guide and a "celebration of all things British".

The two-week exhibition will be held at Bath Spa University's 160-year-old Bath School of Art and Design campus and features tea towels listing wedding anniversary designations, Scottish clans and food advice.

Amanda Goode, course leader of the Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors course at the university, said: "The tea towel collection is not only an anthropological exploration of British life and culture, it also strongly reflects the technological changes in textile printing methods in the UK.

"The changes in design from the 50s through to the 80s as well as the development of digital technologies has meant this everyday object can be more than just a tea towel, it can effectively reflect class and cultural aspirations."

The opening night of Drying to Know takes place from 4.30pm on Friday, with a performance by seven-piece band Police Dog Hogan.

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