Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Used tea bags wanted!

Always one to see the positives in things - this is one positive I love about social media.  A little over a week ago I made a call-out for used tea bags via emails and facebook.  Here's my message I sent out...

"I am on the war path to collecting more used tea bags.  My late dear mother Rosemary was the forerunner in collecting all the tea bags I used in my 2010 "Expressions Of Love" Exhibition, unfortunately she is no longer with us anymore to rally them up for me, so, I am extending my call outward...
I have a solo exhibition (yet to be named) at Noosa Regional Gallery in 2014 - the next installament on my "Expressions Of Love" art works - which was eight years in the making.  To my amazement thousands of tea bags went into the quilt alone, so I need to start collecting now!  As I only have under one year to produce another body of new work."

The response has been overwhelming with reply emails, messages on facebook and the like from folk all over the countryside even as far as Brissy willing to start collecting for me.    I even received a photograph with a message from Anneke "Sammie guarding the tea bags" pictured below. 

And,  Rosebed St Gallery Directors Maya & Annie have offered their gallery as a collection point to drop off all the dried tea bags* (many thanks ladies).   If your into a drop of tea and would like to join in, you are more than welcome!  My email address if you would like me to come and collect them.

I shared this image on facebook the other day - my deadly treadly still rockin, it's sewn thousands of teabags, thousands more to come no doubt. It was given to me by my mother for my sweet 16th birthday.  

Here's Sammie soaking up the rays keeping an eye on the drying tea bags... Anneke's drying set-up here looks awesome...  oh yer while I'm on the subject many folk have asked me how to dry them, this is my method... 
Method for drying tea bags all intact; tea, string and labels. (any brand or flavour)
The best way to dry them is in the sun or in an airy warm position until dry - ie; on the window sil, outside verandah, concrete area or similar and on a plate to avoid staining (or better still on a piece of timber) and when completely dry stored in a paper bag or cardboard box. (Wet teabags stored in a plastic bag go mouldy and are rendered unusable)

Many thanks to everyone who have joined in so far, it is greatly appreciated!!!! Kindest regards...Kim

*Rosebed St Gallery
13 Rosebed St, Eudlo, 4554
Phone:07) 54573780
Wed- Sun, 10am - 4pm


  1. super post!! Love the old singer ... i have one too,it belonged to my grandma.was her wedding gift :) and here's to lots and lots of teabags!!

    1. Hi Luthien, how special to own your grandmas singer what a treasure. Here's hoping for lots of teabags! :-)

  2. Am collecting teabags...but slowly. We only have one cup of tea a day in this house.


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