Tea Bag Art
The story began in 1996 when Jill Heyes moved to South Africa from England. Seeing the poverty in the local “informal settlement,” Imazamo Yethu, Jill wanted to help. She began teaching some local women crafts. They unsuccessfully attempted to sell paper mache and potato printing products, but they didn’t give up. Fortunately so, for in 2000, Original T-Bag Designs was created.
The original group of ladies have become skilled and talented artists. T-Bags now employs 15 permanent staff and a number of additional employees work part-time. In addition, 10 people with disabilities from within the community are employed to assist with sanding products. Their workshop is a tourist destination and they sell their products at the workshop, at Cape Town’s Waterfront Market, and in Europe and the United States.
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Wow. Originally when I clicked on this link I thought it was going to be about applying random teabag stains to canvas or to clothing. I have some interesting stains on my desk tht I like, but I’m not sure they count as “art”.
That’s pretty cool. It’s nice to see people with so little working to help themselves.
Tea Bag Wrapper Flowers
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