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Thousands of Used Tea Bags Assemble in Ruby Silvious’s Delicate Full-Size Garments — Colossal

Thousands of Used Tea Bags Assemble in Ruby Silvious's Delicate Full-Size Garments — Colossal



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December 2, 2022

Kate Mothes

A child's dress made from tea bags.

All illustrations or photos © Ruby Silvious, shared with permission

When we steep a cup of tea, we typically toss out the bag when it has served up its brew, but for Ruby Silvious, this humble sachet delivers the foundation for a unique creative follow. Regarded for her miniature paintings that use tea baggage as canvases, she has expanded her use of the product by using it as a material for bigger-scale operates that are influenced by her spouse and children heritage and an interest in style. “It provides me a probability to do massive scale operate, the antithesis to my miniature paintings,” she tells Colossal. “It’s only natural that my artwork has normally been encouraged by style. My maternal grandmother was a good seamstress. I was only 20 years aged when I migrated to the U.S. from the Philippines, and my quite to start with job was at Bergdorff Goodman in New York City.”

Silvious commenced building clothes in 2015, spurred by an ongoing fascination with the many methods of printing, staining, and assembling the deconstructed segments collectively. “I have gathered bins of utilised tea baggage,” she states, “not just from my have consumption but also from good friends and family who have generously contributed to my escalating selection.” She has created much more than ten total-dimensions kimonos, just about every requiring up to 800 utilised baggage to full. Items in her most modern collection, Dressed to a Tea, regular around 75 to 125 sachets, every single just one emptied out, flattened, and ironed prior to currently being glued alongside one another into shirts, slips, or little one-dimension attire. “Some tea bag parts have monoprints on them, and the less difficult layouts are assembled with simple or a bit stained, used tea baggage, providing them a much more fragile and fragile look,” she points out.

A variety of parts from Dressed to a Tea will be on watch in a weeklong exhibition at Ceres Gallery in New York from December 5 to 10. Her perform will also be highlighted in a solo exhibit at the Ostfriedsisches Teemuseum in Norden, Germany, from March 4 to April 29, 2023. You can come across much more of Silvious’s work on her internet site and Instagram.

 

A shirt made out of tea bags.

A kimono made from tea bags.

Slips made out of tea bags.

Two images of a kimono made from tea bags, shown front and back. A child's dress made out of tea bags.

Two dresses made out of tea bags.

A kimono made from tea bags.

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