Almost 10 years ago, I began a project to discover what kind of tea bag makes the best print, and what I could do to the tea bag as it dried to make the print more intense. I spent months carefully placing and arranging tea bags on various pieces of paper covering most of my studio as they dried.
Some tea bags dry and completely stick to the paper so they need to be peeled off. Others don't.
After the tea bags have been removed from the paper, I can finally see the image. I flatten the warped paper with a hot iron, clean most of the bits of tea bag from the paper, then photograph the artwork to ensure an accurate reproduction.
My collection of prints document the journey of exploration and discovery in my new process. My first attempts to produce images are available as pillow covers. As I got better at manipulating and controlling tea bags as a medium, I was able to create the large patterns I made into scarves.
The Teascarf Brooklyn collection is a curation of prints that best express the beauty that can come from tea.