Category Archives: Behind the Design

January 19, 2011

Cubism and Guitars

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Cubist paintings by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Jaun Gris.

Guitars and violins were a popular subject for cubist painters – so popular, that it made it very difficult to choose which paintings to post.

all images from:  Olga’s Gallery and JuanGris.org

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Tea’s Guitarra Graphic Tee and Georges Braque’s The Bottle of Mark

What is Cubism?

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Cubism is modern art movement where artists represent the “total experience’ by showing multiple views simultaneously on the same canvas.  Objects are broken down, analyzed and reassembled.  Distinct characteristics of cubism include fragmented, geometric shapes, lack of depth, and multple viewpoints. Cubism revolutionized modern art and paved the way for many modern art movements.

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Analytical Cubism (above): monochromatic muted color, overlapping planes, no distinct edges

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Synthetic Cubism (above): collages, physical materials, more color, assemblage

Time Period: 1907-1921

Founders: Pablo Picasso and George Braque

Other Important Artists: Juan Gris, Fernand Leger, Roger de la Fresnaye

Media: Sculpture and Painting

Influences: Paul Cezanne, Pointillism, African Art and Masks

images:  Olga’s Gallery

January 13, 2011

We Love Scribbling!!!

Have you scribbled lately? Free your creative self! There is no right or wrong way to scribble – enjoy just making the marks.

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We embraced the joy of scribbling with these two great prints: Scribble Print Hoodie and Scribble Dot Top.

January 12, 2011

Be Prepared for Art-Making!

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1.) Indigo Stripe Tee 2.) To Be an Artist 3.) Painters Overalls 4.) Bandana Set 5.) El Artista Shirt 6.) Paint Splattered Jeans

There’s nothing like dressing for the part in comfy and casual Tea clothes when making and creating. This season we’re celebrating everyone’s inner artist. We compiled some of our favorite art-inspired and art-friendly pieces above to get you started.

As for art projects, the sky is the limit! We listed some of our favorite kid-friendly DIY projects below.

Garden Projects

Potted Plants and Chalkboard Paint

Miniature Tin Gardens

Paper

Cardboard Stampede

Calder Mobiles

Paper Lanterns

Paper Bag Puppets

Paint

Painted Umbrellas

Big Canvases

Fabric

Make your own Pom Poms

Stamping Fabric Textiles

 

For a quick art fix, print out our Coloring Book Pages of Tea Collection graphics!

January 10, 2011

Artist Patches

Did you notice the fun little patches on our El Artista Layered Tee & El Toro Graphic Tee?

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Some fun facts:

-Picasso’s full name is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso.

-Everyone knows Picasso was a talented painter, but he was also a well-known sculptor and draughtsman. In fact, he was quite secretive about his sculptures and did not release them to the public until the 1960’s.

-Bulls are a popular subject of many Spanish artists including Miro, Picasso and Dali.

December 20, 2010

Picasso and his Stripes

Welcome to Catalonia, Spain! We are so excited to share our discoveries of this unique region of the world with you, and what inspired us to create our new collection.

“Viva el Artista” is the name we gave the first delivery of clothing for this season, which is greatly influenced by the abstract and artistic beauty of Barcelona. Inspired by the architecture and buzz of the city, our designers also found themselves being drawn in again and again to the work of one of Barcelona’s most famous residents – Pablo Picasso.

This season we have several items that reference not only to his work, but also his fashion sense. Picasso was known for his love of striped shirts, as some of the most famous images of him prove:

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This style of stripes, either in black and white or navy blue and white, are a timeless icon, often associated not just with Picasso but with 1960s fashion across Europe.

We have two pieces this season that reference Picasso’s stripes – a comfy knit sweater for boys, and a chic and playful tunic for girls. And ladies if you like stripes, keep an eye out for our brand new Catalonia-inspired women’s items that will be premiering soon….

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You’ll be seeing and hearing a lot more about Picasso this season, and how his work has influenced different pieces in this line. We look forward to sharing this exciting new destination with you. Stay posted!

 

 

December 10, 2010

Bucharest Floral Dress– the Outfit for the Holidays!

For this Holiday season, we were inspired by the Maramures people of Translyvania. Located in the northwestern region of Romania, the Maramures live in villages where countless century-old traditions are still encorporated into daily routines.

During celebrations, the Maramures wear their traditional costume, which is primarily black and white with hints of red. We love this classic outfit because of the mix of plush textures and the heavy embroidered embellishments.

While this influence is found throughout our entire Hungarian Holiday collection, the Bucharest Floral dress reflects our true love of these Maramures traditional outfits. With an elegant embroidered pattern and texture on plush velvet, the Bucharest Floral dress is the perfect party dress!

Bucharest Floral Dress

Bucharest Floral Dress

To share our love for these Maramures traditions, we are now offering the Bucharest Floral dress at the great price of $49.50!  Regularly $85, this promotional price is available on our website and at participating retailers [see below]

Ladybugs & Lizards Children’s Boutique 

1389 E. 15th Street Suite 128

Edmond, OK 73013

(405) 348-2121

Donna Ryan Photography and Boutique

5218 42nd Ave SW

Seattle, WA 98136

(206) 909-0189

The Lolly Garden

2046 Utica Square

Tulsa, OK 74114

(918) 742-6300

Kairos

533 Main Street

Grand Junction, CO 81501

(970) 241-0460

Babinski’s

1324 Foothill Blvd.

Salt Lake City, UT 84108

(801) 583-2229

Kustum Kribs

147 North NW Highway

Park Ridge, IL 60068

(847) 825-5742

Style Child

1070 University Ave

San Diego, CA 92103

(619) 220-0480

Lil’ Lamb Shop

167 Jennifer Road Suite Q

Annapolis, MD 21401

(410) 266-3303

Jumping Jellyfish

107 S. Fair Oaks Ave 
Suite 107

Pasadena, CA 91105

(626) 578-1838

Stuhlbergs, Inc.

1801 Queen Anne Avenue North

Seattle, WA 98109

(206) 352-2351

Cassis

819 W. Idaho St.

Boise, ID 83702

(208) 345-5501

Red Balloon

5407 N. Clark St

Chicago, IL 60640

(773) 989-8500,

Red Balloon

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Chicago, IL 60647

(877) 969-9800,

Tiny Toes

4 N. Main Street

Bel Air, MD 21014

(410) 420-6727,

Rocky Mountain Kids

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Boulder, CO 80302-7867

(303) 447-2267,

Fiddlesticks

508 Hayes Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 565-0508

Baby Blossom

2623 Montrose Ave

Abbotsford, BC Canada

(604) 556-4993

My Little One

123 Waite Ave North

Waite Park, MN  56387

(320) 253-4141