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Marion Elliot’s Tea Towels

October 8, 2023
by the gentle author

We have raised over HALF of our target to RELAUNCH SPITALFIELDS LIFE BOOKS and now we have SIX DAYS LEFT! With your help, I am hoping we can reach the target by next Saturday 14th October.

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I believe in the primacy of books because – even if the web gets wiped out tomorrow – they will endure. Publishing is not an easy task, yet I am passionate to do it when I find stories that I want to cherish, that I know people will love, and that deserve to be dignified in our time and for posterity.





Favourite illustrator Marion Elliot is launching her first tea towel designs at her pop-up shop at 17 Rugby St, WC1N 3QT, (beside Pentreath & Hall) next Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th October with a late night opening and drinks until 7.30pm on Thursday 12th. Marian’s designs are so bright and cheerful, they could equally be hung on the kitchen wall as prints.

“As an entrée into the world of printed textiles I thought I would begin by designing tea towels and see how I got on, but I am very keen to move on to silk scarves eventually!

Tea towels are a brilliant vehicle for printed designs, and I am especially inspired by the work of the American textile designer Tammis Keefe who produced a vast collection of witty and playful handkerchief and tea towel designs.

I have always loved artist-designed textiles. I am a great fan of Ascher scarves that feature images by Picasso, Matisse, Feliks Topolski and Henry Moore. I also love highly-illustrated commemorative head scarves”

Marion Elliot


Designs copyright © Marion Elliot

5 Responses leave one →
  1. Albert Premier de Kluijver. permalink
    October 8, 2023

    How/where can I postorder Marion Elliot’s Tea Towels?
    Albert Premier.

  2. October 8, 2023

    These designs are so smart, so colorful, so buoyant, and distinctive. The CIRCUS panel made me want to stand up and cheer. I love how the “audience” is equally fun and theatrical, in addition to the performers. Dare I say, an entire children’s book on this topic, by this artist, would be a joy.

    Since the artist herself enjoyed mentioning her design influences, I will pile on and say how much this work reminds me of Alice and Martin Provenson. An American couple who co-authored/illustrated dozens of children’s book with a style that was so sophisticated and color-drenched (like Ms. Elliot!) it must have influenced many young people to appreciate fine design.

    “We are not immune to influences, but enriched and emboldened by them” – Linda Fargo

    Thank you, GA. Best wishes with your ongoing fund-raising efforts.

  3. Saba permalink
    October 8, 2023

    The designs are wonderful and the ideas original. Best of luck with your new venture, Marion.

  4. Jill Wilson permalink
    October 8, 2023

    Fab colours!

  5. Cherub permalink
    October 9, 2023

    These are gorgeous and would brighten up the dullest of kitchens. I love cheerful tea towels.

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