Simon Bayliss, Paradise Haunts (Hestercombe), 2015 – 16 SOLD OUT / £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
Simon Bayliss’ tea towel design was conceived during an artist residency at Hestercombe, a landscape garden and historic country house gallery in rural Somerset. Simon spent much of his time roaming the 18th century gardens, responding to the setting through painting en plein air and writing poetry. During the residency Simon explored the theme of Arcadia within queer literature and film, as a pastoral utopia away from the scrutiny of society. The phrase ‘Paradise Haunts’ comes from a remark by filmmaker Derek Jarman, who said ‘paradise haunts gardens and it haunts mine’, in reference to his famous shingle garden on the coast near Dungeness nuclear power station.