I read an article recently that sounded just like me.. in fact I’m sure I’ve said almost the same thing after a visit to one of the many auctions, antique markets or car boots that I’ve trawled hunting for a treasured hand painted teacup and saucer !
Yasmin le Bon was quoted as saying..
‘NOTHING GIVES ME MORE JOY.. than finding a beautiful hand-painted teacup and saucer. My husband Simon is obsessed with making traditional tea, and I like having tea parties with lots of different cups.’
After collecting some beautiful bone china tea cups for our vintage style wedding I just had to do something gorgeous with all my favs! So some have been turned into candles (the most perfect little gifts) and others are holding some of my treasured vintage jewellery on my dressing table.
This then got me to thinking about all the other beautiful creative ideas that artists had been inspired to do with teacups and Jennifer Collier and her vintage paper teacups came to mind. These stunning pieces of artwork are simply amazing.
Jennifer talks a little about her process on her website:
‘My practice focuses on creating work from paper; by bonding, waxing, trapping and stitching I produce unusual paper ‘fabrics’, which are used to explore the ‘remaking’ of household objects. The papers are treated as if cloth, with the main technique employed being stitch; a contemporary twist on traditional textiles.’
The end result, I’m sure you’ll agree, is amazing.
The HB girls have decided to have a tea party next year in aid of our favourite charity, it’s also a wonderful way of having a traditional afternoon tea and getting the teacup collection out of storage (we’ll keep you posted!)
You can find out more about Jennifer Collier at jennifercollier.co.uk