TEA TALES ... the road trip,
where a pot of tea is privy to all manner of human experience.
by Visual & Performance Artists
Joanne Davis & Sarah Lloyd
Tea Ladies, Joanne Davis, Sarah Lloyd & Polly take to the road ...
The Tea Ladies travelled from Victoria, through NSW & into Queensland collecting tea cosies along the way to hand-deliver them to the 'Tea Cosy Capital of the World' in Miles, Queensland, a mere 340 kms west of Brisbane.
Travelling with a life-size Polly doll, they stopped at Country Women's Association (CWA) centres along the way. The CWA women each designed, made, and took home their own Mini Polly with her alter-ego outfit. They also worked together to design & construct a life-size Polly outfit, all of which were later exhibited in an historic CWA hall at the 'Beef, Bells & Bottletrees' Festival in Miles, Queensland.
When Pope Benedict XV arrived in Australia, busloads of people, young and old set out on a modern day 'pilgrimage' to visit him in Sydney. This got us thinking, if we were to make a pilgrimage, what would it be?
What is the the nature of a pilgrimage - is it reaching your individual ‘mecca’ or the journey itself?
An article in 'The Age' newspaper captured our attention - 'The Tea Cosy Capital of the World', Miles, Queensland was holding it's 'World's Best Tea Cosy Competition'. As long time collaborators, we believe that a fresh pot of tea is privy to all manner of human experience, and so, we embarked on TEA TALES - The Road Trip.
Pilgrim - a person who journeys to a sacred place for religious reasons
- a person regarded as journeying
Pilgrimage - a journey to a place of particular interest & significance
- life viewed as a journey