Cube Cola, Still life, 2017 / £15.00
Artist Tea Towel Company commissions contemporary artists to produce artworks for tea towels. The inaugural collection features six designs by artists from across the UK and Ireland. ATTC is a registered Community Interest Company (CIC) and profits are reinvested in new commissions and occasional public events. The company’s aim is to introduce new collections by different artists each year.
Functioning as both a rectangular canvas and a cloth for drying dishes, the tea towels are affordable and useful artworks. They are approximately 46 x 71 cm, digitally printed on 100% cotton and made in the UK.
Available tea towels:
Sean Lynch, Favorite Chicken and Ribs logo featuring ‘Chuckie’, designed by an unknown artist in Southend in 1986. Part of Sean Lynch’s A blow by blow account of stone carving in Oxford, 2014, 2016
Noel Clueit, typical, checkered, most likely blue., 2016
Cube Cola, Still life, 2017
Milly Thompson, Hunter watching the beach, 2016
Lucy Stein, She sells shellfish, 2017
Simon Bayliss, Paradise Haunts (Hestercombe), 2015 – 16
Cube Cola is an artist organisation investigating the political and social aspects of Coke manufacture. The tea towel design features a recipe the artists have developed from an open source on the internet. It took Cube Cola two years of laboratory experiments using various scientific and home-cookery techniques to get the formula to work consistently. The tea towel shows the equipment involved in the process, which on a domestic scale is labour-intensive and somewhat absurd, demonstrating both the rebellious and futile aspects of contending with global corporations.
Cube-Cola is formed of artists Kayle Brandon and Kate Rich. The organisation originated from a public experiment at the Cube Cinema in Bristol, UK, in 2003. They have gone on to produce cola as concentrate, for sale via their website, and bottled for distribution around Bristol and its extended social networks. They have provided training and ingredients for bottled Bad Cola in collaboration with artist drink manufacturer Company Drinks, and host regular cola making workshops at public art institutions across the UK and internationally.