Leaves from two Chinese green teas.
Last October I collected autumn leaves in Plänterwald and mounted them at home. Now one lear later I wanted to return the leaves to the same forest to be digested back into the planet naturally. I brewed an oolong tea to celebrate the occasion.
Composed of used, dried Chinese black teas from Fuijan and Yunnan.
Chinese Yunnan Golden tips (black tea) with Japanese Sencha and Hojicha below (green tea). I’ve been sorting teas with certain visual qualities and experimenting in creating patterns.
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Tea in Plänterwald, a forest in Berlin, with two good friends. I brewed a Chinese Yunnan (black) tea. The color of the brew complimented the surrounding colors. The tea cooled quickly allowing us to sip and easily enjoy a malty flavor, mixed with the aroma of a recently rained autumn forest.
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.
An important greeting card from my parents wishing much sun and bike riding in spring. Enjoyed with this mornings tea and a very dense oatmeal cookie from West Berlin cafe.
Dramatic lighting for my tea setup.