Art Ruby Silvious, the paintings on the tea bags

Ruby Silvious, the paintings on the tea bags

Federica Cimorelli
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Tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. It is good for the body and mind and drinking it every day has positive effects on the body. For many, however, the benefits are not just that. Drinking tea is also a ceremony, a social and spiritual rite, a Zen practice capable of transmitting harmony, purity, calm and tranquillity.
New York-based artist and designer Ruby Silvious has taken these concepts on board and has chosen to make tea the undisputed protagonist of her work.

Almost five years ago, on 3 January 2015, Ruby Silvious came up with what is now her most famous project. Choosing to draw on a used tea bag rather than throw it away, the artist has created a series of curious and original works.

Ruby binds the sachets together, empties them of their contents, tears them up, transforms them into miniature canvases and gives them new life. Hers is a form of recycling, a practice of reuse that overturns the usual conception of traditional art.

Her tiny watercolour paintings depict quiet and unassuming moments of everyday life: Christmas arrival, snow, animals and the surrounding landscape, a swim in the sea, different types of food and the most genuine everyday situations.

See a selection of her work here, follow her on Instagram and on her official website.

Words by Federica Cimorelli

Written by Federica Cimorelli
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