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.
After the chaos of the holidays my favorite thing to do is to clean and re-organize. If you have the same urge but don’t have the time, maybe the photo blog Things Organized Neatly will help calm the craving:
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:
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.
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!
Gingerbread is one of those deliciously international foods that appears in many countries around the holidays. It is rumored to have been introduced to Europe in 992 by a monk named Gregoire de Nikopolis, and today different variations can be found in Germany, Sweden, England, France, Poland, and many other countries.
The award for gingerbread enthusiasm, however, must go to the town of Bergen in Norway. Every year they build Pepperkakebyen, a town built entirely of gingerbread. It is tradition for every child under the age of 12 to contribute towards the event, and is believed to be the biggest gingerbread town in the world.
For a great compilation of 15 Gingerbread cities around the world, check out MightyGirl’s recent post.
Although I love gingerbread my skills are not quite that advanced, so I think I’ll be sticking with this simple gingerbread house interpretations this year:
Want to make your own? You can find instructions for these here.
Illustrated by Lizzy Stewart, this little 16-page book is filled with intriguing and detailed drawings of animals, half in color, half in black and white. Some of the images resemble beautiful children’s book illustrations with little villages in the background, and others are more surreal:
Want a copy of your own? I do too! But they won’t last long – there were only 1000 copies made. You can find them here.
Check out this amazing project started by Candy Chang, called “I Wish This Was“. Candy lives in New Orleans, and saw so much potential in vacant store fronts and buildings around the city. She designed and distributed stickers in stores around New Orleans that people could take (for free) and use to label buildings and spaces with their ideas and hopes for the structure’s future.
The project really took off, and participants were encouraged to photograph and share their stickers here. I love this project – it can be funny or serious, and encourages us all to re-imagine our surroundings and articulate what we wish the world was.
For a curated look at more stickers and locations in Candy’s project, visit her site here.
We love these dolls from the Happy Town Menagerie, now for sale at one of our favorite local San Francisco stores – Curiosity Shoppe! Lorena Siminovich is the artist– you may recognize from her company Petit Collage.
At Tea we love coming across interesting manhole covers while on our travels. Many of our circular designs on our boy’s clothes originate from manhole covers we’ve discovered on our journeys, such as as our Nanaos Dragon Pullover, which we blogged about here. Our latest inspiration from manhole covers came from the manhole image on the left, which we used on our Side Stripe Pants.
For more manhole covers in Budapest check out some photos here.
Frederika was depressed. 91 years old and a native Hungarian from Budapest, she was forced to flee her country during World War II, and now lives in France. Knowing his grandmother had a fierce sense of humor, her grandson Sacha Goldberger had the idea of creating a photographic series portraying her as a superhero, to give her something to do.
The project cheered up Frederika enormously. Now she has a huge following, including her own Myspace Page, where she receives messages saying things like: “You’re the grandmother that I have dreamed of, would you adopt me?” and ” You made my day, I hope to be like you at your age.” You can find more photos here.
Who are the superheros (real or figurative) in your life?