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Body Mantle

Body Mantle

The concept of a body mantle is to create something that works off of the human form in an aesthetically pleasing way using one hundred of a single item and one other item to connect them. This piece was created using one hundred glass teacups tied together by one single bed-sheet. The bed-sheet was cut into strips, dyed with tea, and then tied as a rope. The weight of the cups was supported by a lattice bodice which distributed weight throughout the shoulders and waist. Hanging strands of cups were asymmetrically tied to both arms and, wrapping around the body, were tied to one leg with hanging supports from the waist. Thematically the significance of this project is an homage to Theresia LeJeune Eyman, my Oma. She has a love of tea and all things tea related as it warms the heart and brings people together. As a child, my gift for any holiday was a beautiful teacup from her collection, which slowly built into my collection. In the innocence of childhood we don't always appreciate or understand our older family members' lives, so making this project at this time was a part of learning about family, love, sacrifice, femininity, womanhood. The themes being explored are tea, beauty, family, life as a woman.