I first came across Ruby Silvious’s art on My Modern Met here:
I was smitten by how she’s managed to coax the most amazing art out of the humble tea bag. Most tea bags I know that have been steeped in hot water and milk are simply lifted out of the teacup, squeezed and then thrown away in the bin without as much as a “by your leave” or a second thought.
Not so Ruby Silvious’s tea bags. Here’s what she says about her tea bags, taken from her website:
Ruby Silvious is a visual artist and graphic designer. Her recent work includes experimenting on recycled and found materials. While you may see a soggy, stained and used tea bag, she sees a blank canvas. On the 3rd day of this year, she embarked on a very ambitious project called ‘363 Days of Tea’. The visual daily journal records her impression of the moment using the used tea bag as a support medium, altered to create a new work of art every day for 363 days. She draws, paints, prints and collages moody, evocative and sometimes whimsical art on used teabag paper. She was born in Tacloban City, Philippines and currently lives in upstate New York. Her award winning work has been exhibited internationally and is included in institutional and private collections.
Here are just a few of Ruby’s tea bags, that I’ve curated from Google Images: