Tea-Flora-Tales

Tea-Flora-Tales is an ongoing community project on an international scale to raise awareness of the need to preserve our wildflowers and related habitat and to support the work of the charity Plantlife. Details of how to get involved with making a small piece below. Exciting future venues in Germany and the UK as part of a European tour are scheduled to the end of 2018.
While visitors lingered to admire her work, Cas reinforced the message by distributing empty used tea bags, challenging her audience to use them in a collaborative piece 'Tea-Flora-Tales' as a starting point for their own stitched pieces of work. 
 Diana Brown  
Tea Flora Tales at 7 International Quilt Festival, Luxembourg
You are welcome to get involved with Tea-Flora Tales and make a continuing record reflecting these special places.You can paint, draw and/or stitch an image on a piece of firm cloth, watercolour paper,  or any written text with image (brochure or postcard for example). The resulting piece no more than about half a small postcard in size (about 3x2 inches or 8x5cm). Include a wrapper from a herbal or fruit teabag (or beverage of your choice) a floral piece of textile and additional elements you like. The idea of flowers and remembrance, wildflowers or summer gardens could be among themes explored. 7-8 of these could be stitched together on ribbon/lace to represent a group. Leaving a gap between each piece and a long length and a loop at the top for hanging. Do not worry overmuch about is it the right length, ribbon etc...Weeds are different as these will be.
Contact me for the address to send your pieces marking your enquiry Tea Flora Tales.
I am sorry, but I cannot return the piece to individual makers, but intend to keep the chain going to create a 'growing' installation as the work moves to new venues worldwide during 2017-18 (so far this has included the European Patchwork Meeting where I was a guest artist in 2014, Mons, Belgium in 2015, San Diego 2016 and a local church and Wildlife Centre in Kent ). Thankyou to the individuals, groups and Embroiderer's Guild members who have contributed to date.
Tea Flora Tales article in Patchwork Professional

At the European Patchwork Meeting Video

Tea Flora Tales at Farnham Pottery in Common Places Exhibition 
Some lovely pieces created by people attending workshops with Stitch Retreats
Tea Flora Tales at Visions Art Museum
Also at an exhibition in Mons at the Couvent des Soeurs noires,
Cas was inviting people to join her in making little squares for Tea-Flora-Tales - I like a good square - then they'd get strung up taken to each of her shows. I sat down and made one, didn't photograph it ;( I can honestly say that 10 minutes was the one serene; calming few moments of the day! Emma A Little Bit of Everything 

You may wish to donate directly to the charity Plantlife  Other useful links to wildlife and conservation (RSPB, Woodland Trust, Kent Wildlife Buglife )and related charities here.



Some of the pieces to date:
From the USA


Box from Mons in Belgium


Netherlands large grouping  (below)


Kent WildlifeTrust
From Deborah Collum Love Art
Sheilagh Dyson (above)    
Linda Litchfield sent with postcard, Loose Sheet, Louise Bourgeois
                 Lindi Bundfuss above and Mary Monckton all the way from New Zealand

 
Some lovely pieces sent in after a workshop at Sew Not Strawberry Jam by Lesley Brown and her friends (above)

All images and text copyright Cas Holmes and participants 2017.
All rights reserved.

6 comments:

  1. Wonderful project, wonderful books...congratulations on the reprinting...you are an important and positive influence and inspiration in so many lives and in so much art. Thank you, Amy Mimu Rubin

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    1. Thankyou Mimu for your kind words..only just picked this up. We all can make change.....small acts and big hearts only needed

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  2. Excellent project Cas will definitely take part and spread the word. Nature is my world in every way ... 🍁

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    1. Thankyou Norah..so much going on so delighted to hear your comment pop up xxx

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  3. This is the good way to promote charity and wild flowers, thumbs up from our side i.e. Assam Tea Online

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