Cleo (Baby Cat) watching the cows
Monday, April 5, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
What a glorious Saturday morning on Main Street! The flowering trees were all dressed in their Easter finest and the smell of fresh bread and steaming hot coffee was mixed with the fragrance of daffodils and magnolia blossoms. Sitting at a table at Sacred Grounds deconstructing Earl Grey tea bags, I felt the energy and fresh rejuvenation of springtime in the hearts and voices of those gathered in the café, as well as those sitting at tables just outside the front door. While I had planned for a two-hour chat with friends and customers while working on my project “A Tea for All Seasons,” the café closed twelve hours early at 11am for Easter weekend. Although no one chose to complete my survey for tea drinkers (not a problem), a few people did stop to ask why I was taking tea bags apart, which gave me the opportunity to explain that the tea bag paper would be used for small handmade books and the loose tea would be used to dye cloth. Some seemed bemused until I added that my husband was English (Cornish actually) and my jute bag filled with used tea bags held a year’s supply of his daily tea consumption. Stereotypical image deeply planted - each person smiled and nodded as if, despite their skepticism, that bit of information finally made sense.
Friday, April 2, 2010
After you hit a few yard sales or cut the grass tomorrow morning, Saturday April 3, stop by Sacred Grounds Cafe on Main Street in Edwardsville, IL from 10am-12noon for a cup of coffee or tea. Sit a spell and chat while I deconstruct a year's worth of Peter's tea bags for my next art project. The process of opening the staple, pouring out the tea and smoothing the abaca tea bag has a peaceful, rhythmic quality that reminds me of knitting or weaving. When all of the tea bags are opened, washed, dried and pressed, they will be bound into a four book collection, "A Tea for All Seasons." Those who are willing, will be asked to fill out a short survey about their reasons and preferences for drinking tea. A second teabag event is planned for Saturday, April 17 at Main Street Art Gallery in Edwardsville, IL.
All Boxed Up
For those who occasionally imbibe, or for your friends who drink while they write, “All Boxed Up” is a selection of blank journals created from either recycled beer or wine boxes. Each journal is hand stitched to the back cover with a Japanese-stab-binding and a Tyvek hinge spine. Join us this evening from 6-8pm for a glass of wine while perusing the “Tossed and Found” show at Main Street Art Gallery in Edwardsville, IL. I had a chance to see the show this morning while Kathryn was still moving things into place; and I must say that the objects in the show, created by eighteen different artists, are is not only beautiful, thought provoking and well crafted, many are a LOL hoot to look at!