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The Way of Tea

A photopolymer etching taken from one on my photos during a trip to Japan. The chine cole is a hand drawing of cherry blossom which has been screen-printed onto to tissue paper and placed onto the inked etching plate before printing.

My project the Way of Tea focuses on the fascination and philosophy of tea through a fusion of the British quintessential tea house and the philosophical Japanese tea house. I am interested in tea as a social concept, a way of bringing people together from all walks of life and backgrounds. I am interested in how an everyday process can be harmonious, beautiful and aesthetic. We each have our own way of how we drink tea, what we drink it out of and when we drink it. The process of making tea is an individual or shared ritual, a ceremony; it is a pause in our everyday busy lives. I would like to hear peoples stories and memories of tea, I would like to see photos of your favorite cup/mug/teapot/place to drink etc. During my residency I am using my grandmothers bone china tea sets. The sound of a spoon chinking against the bone china cup reminds me of when I was a child listening to the grown ups talking, drinking and sharing tea. I will also be sharing photos and stories on this blog.

In the basement of Milkwood Gallery I have attempted to create an aesthetic of space with a harmoniously arranged Japanese tea house alongside a British tearoom. It is incredible that it has been a full week since I started my residency in the basement. I am now more relaxed and have begun to enjoy it all. Today was the first day I used the space as a studio to start creating new work. I initially felt the pressure of getting it just right and wanted the environment I created to be true and honest to the tea houses I have tried to represent. I hope I have got that balance right and I hope visitors will enjoy the “mountain hut within the city” I have created, and will join me for a pause within their busy day and for a cup of tea.

I will be using the basement as an artist studio space, creating new pieces of work and also bringing together a collaborative piece. The collaborative piece includes work completed by members of Roath’s community during my arts project the Way of Tea: Roaming Roath as part of Made in Roath 2012. I will be working from the basement on the following days: Saturday 10th, Sunday 11th, Tuesday 13th, Friday 16th, Saturday 17th, Tuesday 20th and Friday 23rd November 2012. Please come and see the space and have a cup of tea. If you would also like to contribute to the collaborative piece you can drop in anytime I’m here and sew, collage, draw or print a tea cup and sign your work.

I cant even think yet of my closing tea party as I don’t want the time to go too quickly. A marker for diaries is Friday 23rd November from 6pm to 9pm where the work produced during my residency will be displayed.

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