As we end one year and make our way into another, we’re taking this chance to look back and explore the places our collections have taken us. Tea has made it to over many different countries, met hundreds of caring people, learned how to sing and dance and say hello in countless languages. Most importantly, we’ve gathered all the inspiration along our way to share with you. Here’s a look at some places we’ve gone over the past few years. continue reading →
We’re excited to announce our first collection of Citizen Blue – a semi-annual collection that celebrates the magical spots we stop along the way to somewhere else. Rooted in rich indigo hues, Citizen Blue revisits heritage Tea styles and favorite prints from places we’ve already been and offers new designs inspired by places we’ve seen only glimpses of.
Citizen Blue is a voyager, a nomad. Not quite here or there, the collection draws inspiration from the journey and all of the magical spots we stop along the way to our final destination. It is truly global inspired, as pieces within a single collection range from Japan to Mexico.
We thought it would be fun to compile a few songs from a handful of the countries we’ve visited as a way to celebrate the past 11 years. You’ll find everything from traditional Hungarian folk songs to contemporary music from Norway. Now turn it up and start dancing!
Once you’re done, submit your creation to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win a $100 Tea gift certificate! Every month, Tea staff will pick one artistic little citizen to win! Honorable mentions will also be uploaded into their own featured blog post. Let your creative juices flow and show us your inner artist! To see past submissions, visit our Flickr page.
Yes, we actually take the time to carve out linoleum blocks to achieve the perfect look. Pictured above are photos of our talented textile designer Amber and her work as she developed the graphic for our Sanur Floral Sporty dress. Pretty cool, huh?
Our Bali-inspired children’s clothes collection featured the craft of Batik, an art form we saw and practiced while in Bali. Traditional Batiks are created with hot wax, in a dying technique which allows the craftsman to form lush patterns and designs. We wanted to find a way for little citizens to Batik that was safe. Below is our step-by-step guide on how-to Batik- no hot wax needed! All you need is glue, paint, a t-shirt and an open mind!
I chose to Batik a shirt- however you can Batik any cloth materials. Think of how much fun it would be to Batik pillow cases?
You'll need a shirt, a piece of cardboard to stick between your shirt, acrylic paints, washable gel glue, and a paint brush.
The first step is to design your Batik pattern. You’ll use the glue to do this. It can be a little tricky to wield the glue, so you may want to have your little ones practice glue drawing on cardboard first. You can also map out your design first with pencil. I also used a scrap piece of cardboard to put in the shirt so the glue wouldn’t seep through to the back of the shirt.
Where ever you put the glue will be white. The color will show through the negative space. Pretty cool, huh?
The next step is hardest. You have to wait for the glue to dry and this will take at least 24 hours. Playing the waiting game can be hard when you have little citizens eager to paint!
Once the glue is completely dry, break out your acrylic paints, your paint brush, a mixing area, and a water bowl to clean the brush and start painting! While painting, you’ll want to keep the the piece of cardboard inside the shirt for the same reason you kept it in while gluing- you don’t want the paint to leak through to the back of the shirt.
Once the Batik is painted, leave it in a safe place where the paint can dry. This will probably take at least 12 hours. Once dry, you can either peel off the glue or put it in the washing machine. I chose the latter as it was much easier and had great results. Check out my finished Batik shirt below.
The picture minimalizes the cool effect the process created. The colors are much more vibrant and the designs pop more in person. All-in-all, this is a great project for those looking to craft a gift for a loved one (Mother’s Day or Father’s Day Batiks?).
Please share your Batiks with our community at Facebook. We’d love to see your little citizens artful, Bali-inspired work!
From a beach cover-up to an evening dinner jumpsuit, these rompers surely fit the spirit of summer. Easy to wear and accessorize, these one-pieces make looking on trend simple. Check out Tea’s twist on rompers for girls.
With heels, piles of jewelry or over a bathing suit- how would you fashion your romper? Tell us in the comments section below.
Behind the Design Wednesdays: Every week Tea writes about our designers’ inspiration for our current collection of clothing. Explore all of our Behind the Design posts.
The art of Batik is practiced throughout the world, but Bali is the place most known for the artful practice. Batik is a wax-resistant dying technique used on textiles to produce beautiful designs. While in Bali, our designers had a chance to practice their hand at Batiking.
We knew we had to incorporate the breath-taking batiks into our Balinese-inspired collection. The colors and designs naturally lent themselves to our girls dress collection. Our staff favorite is our Lotus Batik Designs for girls.
However, we have plenty of Batik inspired designs for boys and girls in our spring and summer collections: http://bit.ly/GWvGiM
Will you be wearing Bali-inspired Batiks this spring?
Today we’re featuring guest blogger Mandy Moise, designer for vfish, who traveled to Bali with her two girls, Ellie 2.5 yrs, Sloane 1yr who just happened to be wearing Tea on their trip.
Bali is one of the most beautiful places in the world—long, white sandy beaches, lush tropical foliage, amazing food, and some of the nicest people you have ever met.
When my family travels, we really like to dive right into the culture of where we are. Eat the food, meet the people, walk off the beaten path. Bali is an island where you can do these things with a family (even babies – as mine are 1 and 2.5) and really feel safe, secure and relaxed.
On our first day in Bali , we were introduced to Nasi Goreng- with literally translates into “fried rice”. Balinese people eat Nasi goreng many meals of the day/week– Usually topped with a fried egg. By the end of the trip, my 2.5 yr old was asking for Nasi goreng at every meal. Our other favorite thing to eat in Bali, and all throughout Indonesia, was grilled corn. We would walk the beach at night, eating ear after ear of grilled corn topped with butter and Balinese spices. So delicious!
The people of Bali have a very rich culture, and take great pride in honoring their heritage. We took the kids to many outdoor theater shows where performers dress in elaborate costumes and makeup, and tell old stories through song and dance. Many of these shows would end with our kids being invited to dance with the performers on the stage. Still today, my daughter dances in the living room and tells me we “need” a stage.
A huge Bali highlight for us was when we released a green sea turtle into the ocean. We donated some money to a fund that helps protect the turtles, and in return, they brought my daughter a tiny baby turtle (she named her Angelina Ballerina) and allowed her to walk it down the beach to the ocean. It’s always been a dream of mine to do that myself, so to live that moment through my daughter was just beautiful.
Bali has so much to offer- and can be a great family vacation option for those who are adventurous, or those who just want to relax and take in the sunshine and the sea.
Looking for a creative activity for your kids to do? Tea’s cultural activity printouts are fun for all ages. In honor of 2012’s Chinese Zodiac Year of the Dragon, this week we have our “Stubborn Dragon” coloring book page.
Once you’re done, submit your creation to email@example.com for your chance to win a $100 Tea gift certificate! Every month, Tea staff will pick one artistic little citizen to win! Honorable mentions will also be uploaded into their own featured blog post. Let your creative juices flow and show us your inner artist!