Book and Paper Arts Inspired by Tea

It’s a common fallacy to assume that other people are just like us. But surely it’s not a fallacy to assume that people who like books and bookmaking and ephemera also like tea, right? I certainly do! (More on that below.) Here’s some book and paper arts incorporating an affection for tea, demonstrating that other artists share my affection.

Teatimes by Allison Cooke Brown, above and below. I love the color and texture of the “teabags,” as well as the attention to detail with the tags and shape. A wonderful and evocative way to organize text on paper.

I discovered this hanger tea┬áby Soon Mo Kang (immediately above and below) via swissmiss. You might argue it’s not quite a book (at any rate it’s certainly paper sculpture) but after seeing the piece by Allison Cooke Brown above, who’s to say? It’s information organized linearly on paper. And it’s beautiful.

Cup Book, a dust jacket / carrying case shaped like a teacup, complete with a tag from the teabag hanging out. I love how the handles of the mug become the handles for the book!

A similar idea, a book called Tasseology beautifully conceptualized by Linna Xu. I found it via Lushlee. Great choices, especially with the lovely teabag bookmark.

And now some of my own work, using used teabags to experiment with book forms. See more of my first and second teabag book (below) on my blog.



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Naomi Bardoff
Naomi Bardoff
In 2010 Naomi Bardoff graduated from Bard College, where she majored in fine arts and studied watercolor, ink drawing, and book-making. She has also taken classes at the Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Naomi has been working on her illustration portfolio, working in offices, and volunteering and taking classes at the San Francisco Center for the Book. In addition to the SFCB blog, she blogs on her art blog, naomese - naomi bardoff's art blog; and pins to her Pinterest boards. Her own book work can be found on her website.

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