What remains after we drink tea?

My Interactive Session at the Berlin Tea Festival (2019) provided two answers:

  • A certain, natural beauty in saved leaves. Featuring a range of color and texture. This is a waste that can be returned to the planet.
  • A natural pigment that can be seen in paper.

See also: Beauty in Waste recap and link to interview

The saved tea leaves and unique prints were featured in my exhibition “This is Tea” in Berlin, 2015.

Today marks 3 years living in Berlin. 

Today marks 3 years living in Berlin.

My collection of used tea leaves continues to grow. As I drink and share tea, then dry the leaves, I also take time to handle them as they move through each stage of drying. The mix changes over time as I consume teas of different types and origins. There is always so much color and texture to see and feel in the leaves. They remind me of the cycles, slow and fast, that we go through with having different people come and go in our lives, taking care of work and life duties, having fun, being down, and so on. Above all, I am happy to have my health, tools, and the right people in my life to keep going, drinking, collecting, and reflecting.

Thank you to everyone near and far, you have been part of it in some way.

And thank you for being a friend.