Monday, April 13, 2015

Leah's Spring Tea Giveaway


International Giveaway!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Hi friends! Since I had so much fun last time with my giveaway, I thought I'd do another one. I have two prizes this time. The first prize is a hand painted tea bag by artist Ruby Silvious (find her website here). She has donated this beautiful work of art for other tea lovers to cherish and enjoy. The second prize is Matcha green tea. I'm doing this giveaway with Rafflecopter, which makes it easier for you to enter and easier for me to find a winner. I've done a short interview with Ruby about the amazing prize she's donated. Below is the prize that can be won and then let's have a look at the interview...then to the giveaway process!

Copyright Ruby Silvious

Above is the stunning painting done on a teabag that can be yours if you win the giveaway! Now to the interview with the amazing artist, Ruby.

Leah: How long have you been creating art?

Ruby: As early as five years old, when my Japanese great grandmother taught me how to fold my first crane. On the paternal side, I was inspired by my father, who was a self-taught artist and calligrapher. I remember drawing a portrait of my youngest sister when I was 15.


Leah: When did you start experimenting with painting on teabags, or pistachio shells, as I've seen?

Ruby: Two years ago, I read about a community in South Africa that produced handmade products out of used tea bags. The idea of reusing something that I was tossing out everyday, and creating something beautiful with it, fascinated me. By then I already had a collection of pistachio shells that I had been doodling on with markers when I discovered the common denominator. I've been working with recycled and discarded materials ever since. In addition to teabags and pistachio shells, I also paint on egg shell shards and origami-fold paper bags and crumb wrappers into mock brassieres. It's been fun!


Leah: How can people see your art if they're interested in purchasing it?

Ruby: Local museum shops in upstate New York carry my tea bag designs. You can also purchase my art on my website: www.rubysilvious.com


Leah: Why do you want to giveaway a piece of your art to the other readers?


Ruby: People have this notion of what traditional art should be. By bringing new life to everyday, familiar things, I hope to inspire new forms of creativity.


Leah: What's your favorite kind of tea? How many cups of tea do you have a day?

Ruby: I am, by no means, a tea connoisseur. Twinings' Earl Grey tops my list of favorites, with Ambessa's Choco Nut Blend a close second. I drink 2-3 cups a day and I prefer bagged tea - for obvious reasons!

Thank you so much to Ruby for donating this amazing work of art and for answering the interview questions. For those wondering, last giveaway winner Gary is very pleased with his prize. He sent me this photo of him with the tea a couple weeks ago:





Leah

39 comments:

  1. that tea bag painting is beautiful!

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  2. Great interview Leah, it's nice to know what motivates an artist!

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  3. Love the interview and the artwork is very lovely! Hugs...

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  4. I love the idea of painting on tea bags... just lovely, in so many ways.

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  5. I did not know there were artist who painted on tea bags until I read your post. I have learned something new today.

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  6. I found a post about you on facebook! The painting is beautiful!

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  7. i like all the stuff

    rafflecopter name is aarone mawdsley

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  8. I heard about Matcha Tea on Twitter, but never had it.

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  9. I love when people take everyday objects and turn them into works of art!

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  10. beautiful painting!

    agnesye@hotmail.com

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  11. So unique and delicate....just like the perfect tea!

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  12. That is beautiful! I wish there were bigger paintings like that to be framed for our gallery wall!

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  13. I've never seen anything like it before!

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  14. I love this beautiful painting, wow!!

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  15. I am a tea lover! And so are my kids.

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  16. I heard about you from another website.

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  17. I'd never heard of tea bag drawing...incredible...Thanks

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  18. I stumbled onto your blog from another blog. I'd never heard of the artist before, but quite a neat concept!

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  19. I love the idea of using a tea bag for art. It is super cute!

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  20. Heard about you on contestgirl.com - love the tea art! ;)

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  21. This is such gorgeous art work. I came via the Afternoon Tea Linky.
    Agatha

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  22. I found it accidentally while I was googling for types of tea and information on different teas.

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  23. I found this blog just today while looking around at tea, I love the thought of painting on a tea bag.

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  24. Found you on Twitter (Link to URL - https://twitter.com/grey7alice/status/595155845920509952) - Thank you very much!

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  25. you sent me a message via twitter. Thank you x

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  26. I was reading my emails of the day and your site came up on Tight Wad in Utah--Thank you for the giveaway

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  27. I honestly cant remember how I found you - maybe someone else blog? sorry wish I could remember

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  28. I was looking for tea giveaways and there you were. I actually found you from Tight Wad In Utah. I follow now though. Thanks for sharing.
    ~Crystal
    A Day In My Life, Crochet & Reviews
    http://krystlewv.blogspot.com

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  29. I had to make an extra comment. This tea painting is lovely. This is the first time I had ever seen it and I want to research it more. I am very interested in tea and its history, I am somewhat of a collector. My fingers are crossed. I love it. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Crystal

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  30. I love the innovative idea and providing a different forum for the artist's rendering and creative expressions. It sets the moment. rene chartier (joan)

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  31. Painting on a tea bag is certainly unusual. It would be a conversation piece.

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