|Stitched tea bags/ old doily "tea lights" - Wilma Simmons|
Mottainai in Japanese refers to more than just physical waste (resources). It is even used to refer to thought patterns that give rise to wasteful action. Grammatically, it can be used in Japanese as an exclamation ("mottainai!") or as an adjective phrase ("it feels mottainai"). There is no plural form. The collection of mottainai things could be called mottainai koto (もったいない事?).
As an exclamation ("mottainai!") it means roughly "what a waste!" or "Don't waste." A simple English equivalent is the saying "waste not, want not." A more elaborate meaning conveys a sense of value and worthiness and may be translated as "do not destroy (or lay waste to) that which is worthy."[ from Wikipedia. So recycling and upcycling - respectful reuse - became the inspiration
|Stitched tea bags "tea lights" - Wilma Simmons|
In my usual way, I kept putting off what to make although as I love to work with tea bags, it was always going to be tea bags.... so at the last minute (literally) I made some little tea bag vessels, which look great as tea light holders. These are very simply made - stitch pieces of tea bag paper together (of course, dry and empty used tea bags first) and then stiffen with fabric stiffener or a similar medium like "Mod Podge".
I added motif snippets from old doilies to some, and this gave a more interesting effect and seemed to fit with the theme too. Of course, the little tea light candles have no flames - they are battery operated, and are able to illuminate these tea bag vessels safely. These tea bag vessels sit beside some amazingly creative work in the exhibition by fellow NCEATA members.
|1. Tea bag "tea lights" - Wilma Simmons 2. Altered book - Sue Shute ; 3 Stitched fragments - Ruth Spence 4. Recycled copper wire necklace by Mary Hedges|
|1. embroidery by Ruth Spence; 2 stitched books - Maija Maiou 3 dorset buttons - Doris Gordon|
4. doily collars - Barbara Sherlock
|1. life jacket and CD tree - Sandra Cooke; 2 stitched and pieced jacket - Maria Rofe; 3 free form stitching/applique (1/10 pieces in the series) - Judi Nikoleski ; 4. free form embroidery/applique- Ruth Spence|
|The Opening - capacity crowd - 3 January 2016.|