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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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sipho mabona: there’s an elephant in the room

Professional Origami artist Sipho Mabona set out to show the world that there are no limits to what you can make with a square of paper.


His goal was to make a life-size replica of one of the largest mammals on earth – the elephant. In late 2013 he launched a successful indiegogo crowdfunding project to create The White Elephant.


Folded by Mabona and three assistants, a metal structure supports the folded paper sculpture to ensure that the origami mammal can stand.


The elephant in progress.


 Sipho Mabona holds a scaled down version of the white elephant


One of the perks for the funders was a ceramic cast of the creased paper. The folds are the exact folds used to create the elephant. LOVE this concept!

Sipho Mabona’s website

If you enjoyed Mabona’s White Elephant, don’t miss the videos of his Toshiba origami ad campaigns. Nicely done.


hanna liljenberg’s jewelry garden

I thought they were hydrangeas. Real Hydrangeas. Really. Hanna Liljenberg’s painted paper brooches are so lovely and delicate. . .








The Swedish artist uses paper, paint, lacquer and sterling silver to create her jewelry garden.










Hanna Liljenberg’s website - check out what she does with balsa wood too!

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