“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
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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