Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Owl Tea Party

I'm a firm believer that if you have really amazing vintage china, then you should use it. Sure, keeping it safe high on a bureau or in a china cabinet is better for it in the long run, but these things were made to be used---they long to be used.

So that is what I did around the turn of the Fall Equinox when I invited my friend over for some tea in my prized owl teapot, and for some "glamourbombing".  I had never heard of the term "glamourbombing" before I met my friend Dver---I had always known the practice as "found art", "guerilla art", or "artstorming"  (see another example of one we did in the past here). The reasons for doing this can range from the simple joy of creating an art piece and releasing it free into the world for someone else to find, to serious devotional offerings. And sometimes, for all reasons together. The theme we chose for this session was mushroom appreciation. And, no, we didn't drink mushroom tea (the mushroom in the picture is a maitake)---we drank the Lavender Tulsi tea you see in the picture above. Quite good, BTW.

I did make mushroom-shaped sugar cookies for the occasion and they turned out great!! You can buy all kinds of wacky, glittery frostings that probably aren't especially healthy, but they look fabulous. You have to make concessions sometimes:

Fall is an excellent time to appreciate mushrooms as many varieties of them choose to pop out of their mycelium carpet during this time. They are some of the most amazing organisms on the entire planet. And, they have a significant presence in religion, myth and folklore. Dver and I chose slightly different mediums for our glamourbombs this time around---she made some wonderful paper clay mushrooms painted in metallic colors:

 some great little paper mushrooms on popsicle sticks:


 and some hanging tags made with mushroom playing cards (off to the left):

I ended up making the mushroom/lichen tiaras you see in the picture

We took our treasures/offerings to a wooded park and distributed them along the path and in the trees:

While we were placing our glamours a woman came up to us and said she was an art instructor at the university and that she loved what we were doing---art should come off the "white walls" and out into public.

Couldn't agree more :)

All the pictures in this post, except for the owl teapot and cookies pictures, were taken by Dver.


  1. Hello Tilda!
    First of all, I'm now intrigued iwith that tea, and must find some locally!
    A few years back, a group of us went to the little park in town and made fairy houses - it was very fun. I love what you both did with the mushrooms!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Fairy houses is an excellent idea!

  2. glamourbombing! I am SO going to start doing that! The possibilities are endless!

  3. What a great post (and the one following this.)
    Ms Vanessa of A Fanciful Twist is having a blog party this weekend. There is still time to be involved. Your post would be quite welcome.