Sunday, 11 July 2010

Tea and Textiles

Thank you for visiting me today. I hope you will share a cup of tea with me while you visit ... and pass the biccies ...

I'm up to the letter T in my alphabet series. T is for textiles, tea, teabags, tea cups, teapots, tags, teabag art and thundery skies

poured tea





















Tis for tea - my inchy for the inchybyinch challege. I used a scrap of torn tea towel (drying up cloth) and a teapot button mounted on a black inchy chip with a snippet of text - poured tea

The teabag is raspberry, cranberry and elderflower. It's such a lovely colour I like to use the tea to colourwash sketchbook pages and papers

having tea













Torn linen, text and image from Emma













T is for tags coloured with tea and embellished with tea time thingies

fairy cakes






















This one was made with a tea dyed tag, torn linen, a dried teabag, cup cake and some text






















I photo'd the tag on the first cookery book I ever owned when I was aged 13 called "Good Housekeeping's Cooking is Fun". It even has instructions on how to make a pot of tea or coffee including wise counsel such as "fill the kettle from the cold water tap and put it on to boil" :o)

the tea tray


















This tag was simply made from a scrap of torn tea towl, a tea cup button and the words "the tea tray". It just needs a little bead or button for the lid which I forgot to do!

share a cup of tea





















Torn linen, torn (are you reading this Carole!) tea towel, torn teabag edge and a snippet of text ... share a cup of tea

Tag treatments





















T is for tags dipped in tea ... I added some paint and specks of copper metallic powder while the tags were still damp. This is how I do my tags and then I sometimes edge them with distress ink to make them look like they've been around a bit

I made a teeny mosaic inspired by the colours of these gorgeous tea cups - this is my particular favourite tone of red (but all reds are lovely!)

Red spotty teacups





















1. Wall Hanger Be Mine 1 2. For those of you who love those cups 3. Tiny Spark Mixed Media Collage 4. Untitled

The picture on my kitchen calendar for June was pretty and aptly tea related ...






















... make the most of a sunny afternoon, bring out the best cups and saucers and linger over tea on the terrace ...

Thundery ... our weather this week has been more humid and moody than sunny

Stormy skies
















I took this photo from the top of the open top bus on Wednesday. I went on the bus to Geevor to meet up with a good friend. We went to Morvah Schoolhouse gallery and tea rooms and had a pot of tea and hot buttered crumpets. They were yummy!

Textiles - the current exhibition was called "Natural Elements" showing textiles by Gillian Farrell and ceramics by Jemima Mitchell

Treading Lightly - we also visited the current exhibition "Treading Lightly" at The Yew Tree Gallery at Morvah ... a wonderful gallery of contemporary art in all media

I was so pleased to see the beautiful woven willow work of Lizzie Farey at The Yew Tree Gallery. I was at school with Lizzie and her twin Rachel for five years ...






















... and I really enjoyed seeing the whimsical art of Edwina Bridgeman






















I made a little mosaic from photos I took on Wednesday






















1. Jemima Mitchell 2. Interesting patterns in wood 3. Magie Hollingworth 4. Gillian Farrell 5. Pebbles 6. Edwina Bridgeman 7. Edwina Bridgeman 8. Gillian Farrell 9. Jemima Mitchell

Textures - the 3D paper pieces by Magie Hollingworth were wonderful, with such interesting and inspiring textures



















Thursday I had another go at dyeing with avocado skins, this time with a bit more success! I boiled the skins for 15 mins and then added the fabrics for another 15 mins






















I had these fabrics (below) in the dye jar for two days






















I'm leaving the fabrics in the other jar for one more week to see what happens and will let you know if anything interesting develops

Things I Love Thursday
Tea dyeing and teabag art





















Things I Love Thursday - fabrics and lace dyed with tea, natural dyeing experiments and samples, using tea as a colourwash on paper and beautiful teabag art

1. New works 2 - flock 2. Highfield Wagga 2002 3. Tea + iron 4. Teabag art 5. Autumn 6. Muslin lavender sachets 7. On a rainy day 8. The tea bags - so far 9. Cyanotype tea tone tests 10. Teabags 11. Tea 12. Pure but never simple - scrap salvage corsage brooch 13. Winter acorns - a mosaic I made for the flickr group TILT on Thursday just gone

Thank you for reading my rosy ramblings. Hope you have a fab week
Carolyn ♥

53 comments:

ju-north said...

I am amazed how much you get done! and all beautiful!

Jensters said...

What a great subject TEA, and your photo of st ives is wonderful i can almost see that lovely little tearoom i have my cream tea in!! Love the idea of dying with avocado skins...love your posts so full of interesting things...have a great sunday xx

missy k said...

I have to agree - I am totally amazed and impressed with what you get done! and yes, all totally beautiful! and wonderfully inspiring.

I really love the art piece by Edwina Bridgeman - bet it would be a bit (quite abit) out of my price range :( - but its lovely to see it here.

I adore your little tea inchy - so sweet.

Have a super Sunday.....

Karenx

Lawendula said...

Lovely stuff, great inspirations (as always) xox

Lyn said...

I loved this post Carolyn. I remember having to 'learn' how to make a cup of tea and a piece of cheese on toast in my domestic science lesson at school!. Tea is such a great subject you could go on and on....
Thank you for the inspiration.
Love
Lyn
xxx

Lisa said...

Your artwork never fails to inspire me! Love the shades of pink you are getting with the avocado... may have to give that one a try!

Lisa said...

Carolyn, I so love your posts..they are red bull for the creative soul! Tea bags are a favorite of mine to use in art..there is a brand called Mighty Leaf that uses silk organza bags and those bags show up in my work all the time.. they are gorgeous!
Your avocado dyed pieces look as lovely and ethereal as Heike's. I have a pack of hers and can't wait to use them for something..though not a color girl there is just something about that blushy shade...

Pom Pom said...

Fantastic!
The tea things = happy!
That house on top of the driftwood with the ladder? WOW! I can see why you photographed THAT!
All of it is so red and artistic. YOU are amazing!

missy majchrzak buckley said...

Your work is very inspiring and makes me feel like going back to my textile design background and dying some fabric. I LOVE the natural dyes you're using, especially the avacado! Wonderful! The left side of my brain is going into hyperdrive...

mano said...

your tea-art is so fabulous!!!
And the avocado-fabrics have a wonderful pastel-colour - I never heard that avocado dyes rosy!!
thank you for this inspiring post - I wish you a creative week and please continue to experiment with so interestings materials. I'll try it also...

ger said...

A treat, as always... though I simply can´t live without tea, the concept of tea-art has been quite new to me - a pity I only use leaf tea, but feel inclined to search for the Mighty Leaf Lisa mentions... though no colour girl, too, I haven´t tired of the avocado dye yet - + through it developed an uncanny faible for reds...

bad penny said...

Wow ! here am I for another look at S and T is up !!! Wonderful - I'm going to be here for ages at this rate !!!

Deborah said...

I love the results of your avocado skin dyeing. Wonderful inspirational post.

Joei Rhode Island said...

Always a joy to visit and see such colors and textures. After yesterday's botanical dyes I may have to give avocado a try.

La Dolce Vita said...

fabulous post Carolyn, love everything, your avocado dyeing is great, this was so very inspiring, thanks so much! just made tiny concertina books using mighty leaf silk tea bags... used of course! we are all on the same wavelength! xx's

A bird in the hand said...

Carolyn, I love love love all of it. So glad the avocado worked out this time.

"And is there honey still for tea?" --

Colette xoxoxo

Diane said...

Those tags just blow me away! They are super special. Hows the quilt coming on? Should I be having nightmares for you? By the way, I forgot to tell you that someone on our camp site saw Anthony Worrel Thompson marauding around St Ives when we were there - one for the serious rumour squad I think!!! xxxxxx

mimilove forever said...

Totally t'rffic!! x:)

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

Impressive!! Have you slept this week? I love your tea tags, who thought old tea cloths could be so interesting.

JP said...

love the avocado colours - think i might have a go

Jane said...

what a wonderful read!
tea bag art is so cool :)

Judy Scott said...

l absolutely love your posts - what treasure and beauty you make and find - your mosaics are always so very inspiring and I love the tags - everything is so delightful:) you know Im thinking of you, much love and loads of hugs Judy xxx

artymess said...

Carolyn your posts are such a joy ........xx

jan said...

You always do such lovely posts.

Sue said...

What a delightful post altogether. As for the Edwina Bridgeman, I think I would have come home happy but broke. I love her pieces and really aspire to own one. I also love that 3D paper vessel - exquisite. Thanks for sharing so much creative pleasure! I must get on with posting my avocado dyed faric, too.

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Just to say thank you all so much for your lovely comments. I will be back in a few days as I'm going in for my op tomorrow, so will visit you all v. soon, lots of love xo

Lynn said...

So much here to tantilize the eye. All wonderful. Fun, red, and I had a Good Housekeeping Cook book too. I think it was meals for two when i first married. Many years ago!!!

Debrina said...

YOU are my number one stop shop for inspiration!!

Debrina said...

PS. good luck with the op! Argghh...ops...still you'll feel better for it in the end.

Carola Zajdman said...

Great works, love them all !!!

martha brown said...

I love this T post. As a tea drinker -- I love all things tea -- and then there are so many other T things that I love. Your tags are wonderful!

Krissie said...

Carolyn... does the Fox family still live in St. Ives? I know its abig place there but just wondering if they are still around they were native St. Ivians there. (there were two boys.. robert and Ray)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

As always a lovely post - beautiful things (ooh - I used a 't' word!). Right now hot tea isn't high on my list but tea of the iced sort is being consumed in copious amounts. Great post.
Hope your op goes well and that you recover really quickly!

Caroline said...

I'm thoroughly enjoying my visit here today - there's so much creativity to delve into here, I'll be around for a while! Love anything to do with tea - my most recent post is tea related too! Good luck with the operation.

kiwicarole said...

Yep, those tags are me alright! LOL What an interesting blog you have :)) I must visit more often.
Hope your op goes well, will be thinking of you. x Carole

Connie said...

..... a wonderful post! I'll have to come back to read it properly.
Thinking of you lots today and wishing you well.
Come home to TLC very soon, Connie, xx

Barb Cady said...

Thank you so much for such an inspiring blog, I love everything you do, much inspiration and joy. Hope your op goes well,plenty of tea and rest afterwards!

cardinal arts said...

what a lovely, rambly, informative and fun post! thank you
such beautiful photos and projects........and a fantastic tea towel too
did you really get those fabric colours from avocado skins?? am curious to see what your new batch will look like
hope you have a good week
__a

Rugs NY said...

Beautiful, the photographs are very descriptive with their own life and texture. Glad to have found this excellent resource!

Twiglet said...

A lovely blog and to think - I have just been throwing all my used cranberry tea bags in the bin!!

Julie said...

Loved this post Carolyn :o) Beautiful work. xx

Fiona Whitehead said...

Another lovely post Carolyn - fabulous little tea inchy - one of my favourite teas is the cranberry and elderflower - why have i never thought of recycling those tea bags into my art??? I used to send my mum cards with various tea bags attached, as she lived 4 hours drive away from me, so that we could "share" a cup of tea together - I miss being able to do that with her - she was a great collector of tea cups. Wishing you all the best for your op and a speedy recovery and hope it wont' be long til you're back on the blog - take care x

Alexandra Mason said...

Beautiful and inspiring, i'm going to have another look now. Hope you are having a lovely week xx

Lenna Young Andrews said...

carolyn, both of your blogs are so beautiful. I am entranced! lenna

Linda said...

Carolyn ... I only recently discovered your blogs and have spent an enthralling few days going through them. You have such a great talent; your work is enchanting and incredibly inspiring (I even want to live in St Ives now!)
I will be a frequent visitor from now on.
Thank you.....
Linda x

Tania said...

Love this post also, I would love to know where you managed to get those teatowels from with the teapot and teacup on??
Hope you are recovering from your op, all the best.

Menopausal musing said...

When I saw this post, I dashed off and made a cup of tea to savour whilst I read it! Wonderful! Just wonderful! So packed with visual treats for all of us to look at..... Thank you.

Elizabeth said...

What tea-riffic things. So inspiring and I love the advocado colour. x

Julia said...

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!

A thousand thank yous for so much inspiration today, I have had such a lovely time drinking in all the amazing images, arts and crafts with (as it happens) a nice cuppa and a pile of digestives (I know, naughty so close to teatime!)

Love the new look blog too - sending love, Julia x x x

yvette said...

unbelievable.....everything gives you inspiration, so you give it to us to share...thanks!
yvette

COSMIC ARCATA said...

Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog!!! You made my day. I wish we could have tea today on the beach in Eureka, California. The weather is nice and not too hot. Please bring clotted milk because our cows don't produce that here. lol.
I will make some shortbread that I got the recipe from my English friend.
Thank you again for leaving a comment on my blog. This post was very inspiring and I guess I got carried away.

A Time to Dance said...

what a treat lovely pictures , lovely ideas, lovely words...thank you...H

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