After we steep a cup of tea, we in most cases toss out the bag as soon as it has served up its brew, however for Ruby Silvious, this humble sachet supplies the root for a particular inventive follow. Recognized for her miniature artwork that use tea luggage as canvases, she has expanded her use of the fabric through using it as a material for larger-scale works which can be impressed through her circle of relatives historical past and an hobby in type. “It offers me an opportunity to do huge scale paintings, the antithesis to my miniature artwork,” she tells Colossal. “It’s handiest herbal that my artwork has all the time been impressed through type. My maternal grandmother was once a super seamstress. I used to be handiest twenty years previous after I migrated to the U.S. from the Philippines, and my first actual activity was once at Bergdorff Goodman in New York Town.”
Silvious started making clothes in 2015, spurred through an ongoing fascination with the more than a few strategies of printing, staining, and assembling the deconstructed segments in combination. “I’ve collected packing containers of used tea luggage,” she says, “no longer simply from my very own intake but additionally from family and friends who’ve generously contributed to my rising assortment.” She has made greater than ten full-size kimonos, every requiring as much as 800 used luggage to finish. Items in her most up-to-date collection, Dressed to a Tea, moderate roughly 75 to 125 sachets, every one emptied out, flattened, and ironed earlier than being glued in combination into shirts, slips, or child-size clothes. “Some tea bag items have monoprints on them, and the better designs are assembled with undeniable or rather stained, used tea luggage, giving them a extra refined and fragile glance,” she explains.
Quite a lot of items from Dressed to a Tea shall be on view in a weeklong exhibition at Ceres Gallery in New York from December 5 to ten. Her paintings can also be featured in a solo showcase on the Ostfriedsisches Teemuseum in Norden, Germany, from March 4 to April 29, 2023. You’ll to find extra of Silvious’s paintings on her website online and Instagram.
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