August 28, 2014

Inspiring Artists

Tea Collection inspired by Gabriele Munter Gabriele Münter was a German painter who was one of the founding members of the artists’ group, Der Blaue Reiter (“The Blue Rider”). This organization of artists based in Germany, contributed greatly to the development of abstract art. Münter was born to an upper middle class family in Berlin. From a very young age, Gabriele knew she wanted to become an artist. In 1898 at age 21, she decided to take a trip to America with her sister to visit family and explore other parts of the world. They traveled around America for over two years, spending the most time in Texas, Arkansas and Missouri. Her childhood and early adulthood greatly impacted her future artistic career. She led a free and unrestricted life that was not limited by convention, allowing her to experience the world in a way most women were unable to at this time. She began talking classes at the Phalanx School in Munich, where she studied woodcut techniques, sculpture, painting and printmaking. It is here were she met Russian painter, Wassily Kandinsky, who happened to be the school’s director at the time. The two became very close both professionally and personally and ended up traveling widely together before settling again in Germany where they divided their time between Munich and the village of Murnau in the Bavarian Alps.

Our trip to the Die Brücke museum was a very inspiring one. We fell in love with the contrast color palette and knew it was going to be an important story to tell within our own collection.

Erich Heckel inspired Tea Collection

photo courtesy of paintingstar.com

Make our ‘Gabriele’s Garden’ print your very own by downloading a black and white version and creating you own color scheme! click here for the coloring page

August 26, 2014

Fall Sneak Peek

Tea Collection Fall 2014

The Bavarian and Black Forests of Germany are famous for fairytales, quaint villages and cuckoo clocks. For folksy Old World paintings and charming cottages.As the Expressionist art movement took shape in the early 20th century, many German artists went into the woods to draw, to paint, to find inspiration.

This season Tea celebrates the creative spirit. We’ve taken both modernist art themes like those of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) as well as traditional Bavarian motifs and made them entirely Tea!

Here’s a peek at our fall collection…

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August 24, 2014

Passport to… Seed Factory

Each month Studio T  features one of our retailers. This month we caught up with Rachel, the wonderful woman behind the Atlanta, Georgia boutique, seed factory, whose “goal has always been to find smart classic gifts for children that your family will trust and enjoy”. 

Tea is proud to announce that seed factory is one of our first ambassador stores. Ambassador stores are the ultimate Tea experience, offering the biggest in-store selection of products. You can think of them as your personal Tea storytellers and count on them as your neighborhood place for the widest assortment of sizes and Tea Collection styles.

Seed Factory Atlanta

How (and how long ago) did Tea find it’s way into your life?
Tea Collection became a part of our little shop first called sprout back in 2003. It was one of the first brands we ever carried.

Describe how Tea resonates with your customers
Tea Collection resonates with our customers on three levels…

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August 21, 2014

Gunta Stölzl

Our visit to the Bauhaus museum and library left us in awe. We were so inspired by Gunta Stölzl’s weaving and beautiful use of color. The watercolor sketches she used to plan out her weaving were especially inspiring. We used them as inspiration for our Berlin cityscape for girl and as print inspiration for our women’s blouse.  Gunta-Stolzl-6 Gunta Stölzl’s watercolors and Tea Collection’s Berlin Cityscape Graphic Tee.  Gunta-Stolzl-5 Gunta Stölzl’s watercolors and Tea Collection’s Berlin Cityscape Artwork. Gunta Stolzl inspired Women's Tunic Gunta Stölzl’s weaving, photo of Gunta Stölzl’s weaving fabric, photo of Gunta Stölzl, Gunta Stölzl’s watercolor and Tea Collection’s Norderney Silk Blouse

 

August 13, 2014

Be Your Amazing Self

When Katie Driscoll reached out about a Back to School shoot she was putting together, we didn’t think twice about participating. Katie is a mother of 6 (yes, SIX!) who shares her family’s story through her blog 5boysand1girlmake6. As noted in Huffington Post, when Katie “learned that her [unborn baby] carried the chromosome for Down syndrome, she quickly realized that unfair stereotypes of the disorder still ran rampant.” Through photography and social channels, Katie works endlessly to help change the negative stereotypes of Down syndrome.

We are so very proud of Katie and all of the work that she has done. Her Back to School shoot was a huge success, celebrating beautiful children of every size, age and background. We couldn’t agree with her more when she says, “As we enter the 2014-15 school year think about all the children returning to school. Talk about differences and encourage your child to go the extra mile.  Ask them to be the one who encourages a child who is feeling defeated, to lend a hand when a classmate is struggling and to make a friend with a peer who doesn’t have any.  Lets make this year about working together, building each other up and sharing in the celebration of learning!”. 

Encourage our children to #beuramazingself and to #choosekind this back to school season!

August 6, 2014

Traditional + Classic

Germany

Can you name a traditional German musical instrument? Did you guess the bagpipe, zither, krummhorn, hackbrett or konzertina concertina?

German music has a long tradition that is incredibly diverse. Volksmusic and oompah music are two traditional genres that have become synonymous with Germany. What better way to get into the spirit of Germany than with a playlist?

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