We were kindly supplied with a vast amount of ceramic plates, mugs and saucers by IKEA, with the intent to apply decals and transfer techniques to them creating illustrations, stories or plainly decoration, with the potential of exhibiting them this uncoming February at IKEA itself. I picked this little mug and saucer as i really liked the shape and colour.
My first thoughts came from looking into tea. When you talk about tea the first thing that jumps into my mind is England. The tea culture, the 4 o’clock ceremony, milk, no milk? milk first or sugar first? (who puts milk in tea anyways? eww-no), scones, jam, finger sandwiches, cakes, the list goes on, everything is very traditional and very Alice in Wonderland like. But, how traditional is this association to England? Introduced by India in the 17th century, tea drinking was actually highly influenced by a Portuguese princess, Catherine de Braganza. In addition, teas like English (Ceylon) Breakfast tea, Earl Grey and Black tea are a mixture of tea leafs all over the world, such as, India, China and Indonesia. Even though tea is also cultivated in the UK its not as mass produced.
These ideas are buzzing through my head and I’m interested on the idea of revealing the actual “hidden” background of this very tradition, highly associated to British culture.