It’s interesting that I have been so obsessed with tea bags for about twenty years. But I have been! When I was first taken with the undeniable truth that tea bags were probably products from the world of Lucifer Morning Star, or the devil as he is more commonly known, I was camping in the desert just out of Alice Springs in central Australia.
The campfire was blazing, all the stars above us were radiant. And we were quietly drinking tea, and throwing the used tea bags into the fire!
I found myself, inveterate twiddler that I am, pulling the tea bags apart, and making the paper into one pile, the tea into another, and the tiny metal staples into a third.
The tea bags dried fast, and I started scribbling on them with the bits of charcoal from the fire.
A lifetime obsession was born.
I still dismember my tea bags, and keep all the bits. So scarily does my beloved. He uses the tea in the compost bins for his enormous veggie garden.
I still paint, draw, sew, stack and generally complain about how the paper never seems to biodegrade.
I found out why the other day!
There is plastic in tea bag paper. They add it to the pulp, as they make the terribly thin paper that it holds together, but not so thick that it can’t be penetrated by water quickly.
So, tea bag paper does not degrade.
And so,as I was moving my brain onto a new obsession, I feel compelled to return to the tea bags.
Paper which should be called plastic.
I am disgusted with the people who make tea bags.
I thought I’d make a quilt for my new darling girl! People always rave about how differently they feel about their grandchildren! I do believe it is a special love one has for them!
I played around with ship ideas because I didn’t want to make a gener specific quilt, this time. It turned into a sailboat, with a hull that opens to allow some little toys to live inside. I made appliquéd a kitchen, lounge room, bathroom dining room. I appliquéd animals all over the deck and fish whales and dolphins in the water.
I love this quilt and am working on a pattern, if you would like.
I just have to finish the little book and set up Paypal.
I never realised how complicated all this posting stuff is! Here I am at 62 trying this new thing! Trying to prove to myself that age is no barrier to learning, and trying to put my pretty logo onto my page! Wow! so confusing!
using the moulded insets that were made to keep my new shoes in shape, I drew and kept a diary format on the little paper feet
the joy of a biro pen, can be extended to drawing straight on the canvas itself.
Somehow this use of canvas instead of paper gives the drawing a kind of importance, like a drawing under glass and a carefully cut matt. To draw in this manner, on canvas, makes your viewer, even yourself feel the importance of the work. Weird, but true, importance is all about presentation