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kim schoenberger: expressions of love

“Teabags, like life, are delicate yet strong, fragile yet resilient, stained with the spreading of warm comfort.”


Close Knit CommUNITY
1000 sewn and spun recycled tea bags, thread

Queensland artist Kim Schoenberger gathered thousands of discarded tea bags for her exhibitions, Expressions Of Love (2010) and Expressions Of Love II (2014). She used an antique treadle Singer sewing machine to sew the tea bags together, creating quilts, cushions, fans, rugs, doilies and other items in honor of her mother, who died in 2005.


 Evening Gloves, recycled tea bags, thread, porcelain


 Knitting In Progress, recycled tea bags, linen thread, porcelain


Ladies Parasol
recycled tea bags, thread, wood, wire, paint and porcelain


Ladies Fan,  Ladies Handkerchief and Evening Purse
tea bags, crocheted and stitched, porcelain


Schoenberger shares her thoughts on the inspiration and motivation behind the collections, asking us to ponder these questions: “Are the days gone when grandmothers passed on the skills… to knit, crochet or sew? Once these skills were part of daily life and in some cases a neccessity… when ‘recycle’ meant the re-use of items in new ways for comfort in the home. Today ‘recycle’ seems to mean ‘dumping it’ in the yellow-lidded bin. As time escapes us, do we need to consider living life more simply and lightly, being observant of what (or who) we discard?”

Kim Schoenberger’s website


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8 Responses to kim schoenberger: expressions of love

  1. I was thrilled to get an email from daMuse again. I thought it was a closed chapter. But what a way to start anew with a “tea sampler” of great work by Schoenberger! Beautifully expressed items of femininity and luxury but made of repurposed teabags. Thanks Susan!

  2. Welcome back!I taught myself to sew and quilt. I took a crochet class and made a beautiful bag so I know I could crochet if I applied myself. I never lived close enough to my grandmother to get the benefit of her knowledge and skills.
    I, too, am concerned that we are “throwing away” too many resources in our recycle boxes. I keep magazines to use for arts/crafts and empty jars for storage of food items I buy in bulk. I have a large collection of rubber bands; recently I discovered that my local pharmacist will take them.

  3. Yay! Welcome back Susan!! Thanks for this. Such beautiful work, and message. Inspiring. These traditions were not practiced in my home. I’ve always felt that I may have missed out on sharing some of my grandmother’s experiences. These shows were a wonderful way to honor her Mother.

  4. Simply amazing and creative…not to mention beautiful! I agree that we should question whether some of these time honored skills are being passed down. I certainly hope so. I know some of my happiest moments as a child were when my grandmother taught me to knit. And, the accolades I received from my grandmother and mother when I accomplished a knit item created happy, warm memories. They also taught me to sew, etc. and I carry those creative and personally peaceful endeavors with me through my life as if they were my best friends!

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