The rich history of tea has contributed to the world socially, economically, and culturally for thousands of years. As such, it has also inspired many artists. One of them is visual artist, Erika Hibbert, currently based in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2004, Hibbert began working on a series based around tea, utilizing tea bags and other tea related items as main artistic materials.
"The teabag works started as a simple act of collecting the leftovers of my daily cups of rooibos tea. I was not considering making anything out of the bags at first, but as the collection grew I became more and more interested in them."
"I started actively making with the bags when I began stitching bags together. I stitched in various ways – adding to the piles and still not sure of to what end I was doing it. Then I started placing small personal objects into the empty bags. The objects were all simple and important things from our life. I stitched the bags shut, enclosing the objects in bags that hid them from the present. I made the objects into secrets about our past. Later, when I had started drawing and painting again, I took the objects out of the bags and painted them before replacing them into bags once again."
In recent years, food in entertainment has become increasingly popular. There is no shortage of shows and documentaries about food, but what about Tea-V? (Puns abound.)
Check out these shows, documentaries, and movies to learn more about tea and spices!
The Spice Trail
In Kate Humble’s three episode docu-series, she travels throughout the world to learn more about the background of influential spices. Pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla, and saffron take the lead as Humble experiences the communities and countries which have made these irreplaceable commodities available to the world. Available on Tubi.
All in This Tea
Les Blank and Gina Leibrecht’s 2007 documentary follows David Lee Hoffman of The Phoenix Collection through remote regions of China as he searches for the finest handmade teas. Available on Amazon.
The Tea Explorer
90th Parallel Production’s award-winning 2017 documentary follows Jeff Fuchs as he seeks out the world’s rarest and most valuable teas. More information available at The Tea Explorer on Facebook.
Mother’s Day is right around the corner and it’s time to celebrate! If you’re still searching for a sweet present, look no further. RefuTea has got you covered! Pair one of our teas or accessories with one of the new line of cards (envelope included)! Just pop over to the SHOP tab on our website!
Got the sweetest mom around? Give her this card to let her know she is a “sweet-tea!”
Is your mom one of your closest friends? Tell her she’s just your “Cup of Tea!”
Friends with a mom-to-be or new mom? Send her this adorable onesie to celebrate!
Happy Mother's Day, cute-teas!
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