The morning cuppa inspires artwork on the soggy teabag

November 20, 2015

Philippino born Ruby Silvious is an artist and graphic designer and a big fan of the humble cup of tea. Now living in upstate New York, her mission to create a year long portfolio relating to her daily cuppa has produced extraordinary results. While tea bags are typically squeezed out and tossed in the bin, or occasionally reused (as we make a habit of at Who'd Have Thought HQ), Ruby rescued her soggy sachet each day to create miniature artworks for a body of work titled "363 days of tea". The reference to the cultural differentiation in beverages is poignant - the century old practice of preparing tea well in advance, sipping it slowly and savouring it in the company of others, versus coffee, typically gulped on the run, the takeaway cup bound for landfill.
Ruby creates an awareness through her environmental art, by repurposing what most of us would consider rubbish into incredibly delicate art forms. She says, "I think reimagining the discarded as art inspires new forms of creativity. My visual diary records my impression of the moment using the used tea bag as a medium and by sharing on social media I hope that people who view my art are changed in some way." So stop to consider when you next bin a soggy sachet - there's a wealth of reusable resources on offer.



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