Colorado artist Wewer Keohane has been making art from spent tea bags for over 20 years. Sometimes she simply uses tea as a subtle dye, or pastes pieces of empty bags into an otherwise two-dimensional painting.
But her most striking creations are tea bag kimonos. Each garb combines at least 600 steeped, dried and glued bags into a work of art that, while fragile, is actually wearable, too. The kimonos made from sturdier silk bags are better suited as actual apparel, Keohane says. As for the ones made from paper tea bags? “It would be risky — if someone hit you hard, you’d rip open,” she says.READ THE ARTICLE ON NPR.ORG