When the owners of Ginger and Pickles tearooms, based in Nantwich and Tarporley, set a live brief for year 10 textiles students at The Grange School to design and create decorative embellished tea towels to be exhibited and sold in their tearooms, the students responded with gusto!
The brief asked that the tea towel capture the ‘essence’ of the tearooms, mirror its style and interiors and be appealing for its market audience.
All thirteen of the students created an exciting, unique, professional and attractive end product which showcased an impressive range of skills in embroidery, digital print and pattern design.
On top of their tea towel designs, students were asked to complete a sketchbook showing their visual journey and inspiration – which included visits to the tearooms and to the Burleigh Pottery factory in Stoke-On-Trent, where Ginger and Pickles sources its iconic blue and white crockery.
Over 100 customers judged the tea towels on social media and in-store over the course of two weeks.
Owner of Ginger and Pickles, Beverley Ozard visited The Grange in April to experience first-hand all the hard work, and to meet the students and head of school Debbie Leonard.
Students and teachers celebrated the event with an array of delicious treats generously provided by Ginger and Pickles.
“All the designs received such high praise from so many customers, who were in awe of the incredible talent and the professionalism of each outcome,” commented Beverley.
“It took everyone a lot of deliberation as the standard was so high. All students created something so special, so skilled and so personal it made the decision incredibly hard.”
The ‘Best in Show’ tea towel was awarded to Rebecca Walker for her beautiful and intricate design featuring the three iconic Burleigh cup designs.
Rebecca received an afternoon tea for herself and her family as part of her award and is said to be looking forward to indulging in Ginger and Pickles’ delicious cake!