The Art of The Bag Lady
“Ruby Silvious is internationally recognized for her miniature paintings and collages on the used tea bag. On January 3, 2015, she started a project called 363 Days of Tea, a visual daily record of her impression of the moment, using the emptied-out tea bag as her canvas, and altering it to create a new work of art every day for 363 days. She draws, paints, prints and collages moody, evocative and sometimes whimsical art on used teabag paper. She is the author of 363 Days of Tea: A Visual Journal on Used Teabags (Mascot Books, 2016).”
-- from her website
Silvious’ work is so beautiful. In my mind’s “Receive and Spend” game, I buy a lot of her work. What could I create out of my tea times? I typically use loose leaf and roll my own. But I love the idea of devoting time to making a creation out of what remains of my daily cups. Maybe going full Jackson Pollack on absorbent white paper with what’s left of the tea and leaves. I might be onto something. Though I’m not willing to go FULL Jackson Pollack, if you know what I mean.
Buy Silvious’ book from Powell’s: 363 Days of Tea by Ruby Silvious
These links from her website will take you on an extensive tour of Silvious’ tea art:
26 Days of Tea in France (2017)
26 Days of Tea in Japan (2016)