RSVP ONLINE – Getting to know The “Teabag Artist”
Anthony Craig, RSVP ONLINE
(RSVP ONLINE)– What do you do with a used tea bag? Throw it in the garbage without any more thought? Not Ruby Silvious. The Philippines-born, US-based artist has discovered an ingenious method to regrow used tea bags into amazingly detailed artworks.
Her watercolor paintings are motivated by destinations worldwide and the sights and sounds of her everyday life.
Amazing teabag canvas from the teabag artist – RUBY SLIVIOUS
Silvious turns the art of tea-drinking in real art work. Pictured here: Tea bag influenced by different types of local fuits, in Europe
Whether she’s recording cobbled streets in Provence or sketching limoncello in Italy, Silvious’ paintings are small snapshots of the culture of each location, incredibly comprehensive regardless of their small-scale.
” As an artist you’re constantly looking for unique methods of expressing your art, and I think this is where all these disposed of products as canvasses came to light,” Silvious informs RSVP ONLINE Travel.
The concept for this task was born, naturally, over tea. Silvious was talking about art tasks with her sister when the idea arose, and she quickly started exploring.
Ruby Silvious– Tea bag art–
Courtesy Ruby Silvious – Silvious discovered her art as she went along. Pictured here: Tea bag motivated by breakfast hot beverages
Perfecting the art of painting on tea bags was a question of experimentation– and Silvious needed to persevere.
” You have to see all the piles of my failed experiments,” Silvious says. “I never toss anything out, I aim to recycle them as well.”
Once Silvious got to grips with utilizing watercolor on the used tea bags, she didn’t look back. ” I like that they’re small and they’re manageable and they’re portable,” she says.
She started sharing her complex, quirky designs on her Instagram page– and quickly developed a following of tea-lovers across the globe.
Silvious’ mini images portray her journeys across the world– from the colorful streets of Italy to the splendor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris to the hills of Itohsima, Japan.
” I’ve been lucky enough to be accepted into art residencies, which required me to take a trip,” states Silvious. “I’ve done workshops too which has actually ended up being the reason for me to go to a nation.”
Silvious’ maternal fantastic grandmother was from Japan, so the artist was enjoyed spend a month living and working in Itoshima.
” I was doing a series of tea bags while I existed and I called it ’26 Days of Tea in Japan,'” she says.
Japan offered a lot of innovative stimulation for Silvious: “It’s all mountains and rice fields, which was definitely best in terms of inspiration,” says Silvious.
Silvious was motivated by the countryside and cities of Japan. Pictured here: Tea bag influenced by Itoshima, Japan.
” I enjoyed the simpleness and the minimal designs,” she states. “And I think it’s sort of ingrained also because I have part of that in my genes also.”
As well as the country’s beautiful surroundings and wildlife, Silvious is likewise thinking about Japan’s city life.
” I wished to do a series of train scenes,” she states. “It’s just incredible to me how each time I would take the train or the train in Japan, you ‘d see so many people sleeping on the train.”
Silvious states this series might still concern fulfillment; she intends to return to Japan in the future.
Silvious art work isn’t really simply fueled by her love of travel– her love of tea likewise plays an apparent part.
So what’s her favorite tea to drink? “I enjoy Earl Grey, and it does not need to be any particular brand, but it’s normally exactly what I like,” she states. “I like green tea as well.”
Exactly what about her favorite tea to paint on? Silvious says particular tea types are easier to mold than others.
” Over time I have actually discovered all types of tea bag construction. This was not something that I had planned, however I did discover that particular tea bags were simply much thinner than others,” she explains. “And then some tea bags also stain much better than others.”
Silvious advises against painting on camomile “due to the fact that the tea leaves, when they’re dried, stay with the tea bag and they’re challenging to eliminate and hard to paint on.”
” I like rooibos tea since it has these wonderful spots, and often it really develops certain styles that just influence me to do something with it. It’s terrific,” she says. Silvious might be a tea fanatic, however her art also gets in touch with those who don’t care for a strong brew: ” It seems to me that even non-tea drinkers are interested with my work. Perhaps it’s because it’s just a special canvas,” she reflects.
Silvious has actually assembled one book and is working on a follow-up. Envisioned here: Tea bag influenced by Hyeres, France. Silvious has actually also assembled her work into an appealing coffee table book: “363 Days of Tea,” which charts a year of tea bag painting:
” Usually the very first concern is, what occurred to the two days? And it has to do with often New Year’s resolutions just don’t occur very rapidly, and I did not begin till the third day,” she laughs.
Ruby Silvious– Tea bag art– Hyeres France Series
Silvious hopes to travel to Italy next and continue producing her unique art.
Envisioned here: Tea bag influenced by Hyeres, France.
Courtesy: Ruby Silvious