The World Map of Tea – Painted by Artist
“Hardly ever in a millennium, the stars will hit that very special golden constellation, when love, fate and time will be dining at the same table. Dramas are written on that table… Other than those, though, our story has a very, very, very happy ending… The painting has started, fed, grown and thrieved on the most unique set of synergies and energies that can possibly combine to flow into one piece of art, and we believe, looking at the painting, you will be able to see it all.”
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I. The World Map of Tea – Painted by Artist : The Idea
The underlying work – “The World Map of Tea – Painted by Artist” has come about according to my ideas and conception. The overall goal of the project was to to create a visual icon for tea. Not more than that, but not less than that either.
II. The World Map of Tea – Painted by Artist : The Implementation
Entrusted with the the artisanal realization of my World Map of Tea was the self-employed artist Elisabeth Six from Oberlinxweiler, Saarland (www.atelier-e-six.de). In her bid for the project, initially conceived as a commissioned work, she had been standing out through her particular enthusiasm for the specific topic as well as with her immediate and comprehensive understanding of my idea. However, during the first phase of development, dedicated to the discussion and trial of colors, tools and approaches, the artist developed an even stronger enthusiasm for my project. So, we finally decided to undertake the same in partnership from then on. The synergies and energeis created by this partnership became a part of the work and are now reflected therein.
III. The World Map of Tea – Painted by Artist : The Process
The work’s complete creation process stretched across two full weeks of daily work sessions by the artist. The total realization process can be roughly structured into the following phases:
- Continents (contures),
- Kontinente (coloring),
- Informational contents (map elements),
- Informational contents (legend/s)
The individual stages of development were accompanied bei comprehensive discussions of all relevant aspects of each stage.
IV. The World Map of Tea – Painted by Artist : The Content
Content-wise, our handpainted World Map of Tea incorporates a range of basic information about tea. For once, all countries are classified according to their relevance for tea into 3 levels of significance:
Classification of countries according to their relevance for tea
- Ancient Tea Culture / Large Tea Producer – In order to enable the consideration of both countries such as Kenya, where much tea is produced, but with hardly any tea culture, and countries such as Japan and Taiwan, where – in terms of volumes – rather little tea is produced, but which have great ancient tea cultures, both aspects have been summarized under one classification criterion.
- No-Tea Country – countries that neither have a great ancient tea culture nor produce tea in any significant amounts.
- Low-Tea Country – countries that according to my subjective rating do have a tea culture and/or tea production, however being of lower significance.
Further, our World Map of Tea – Painted by Artist distincts between “tea bush countries” and “tea tree cradle countries”:
Country of Tea Bush” / “Cradle Country of Tea Tree”
- The motivation for is distinction is based on a personal factor, too, namely my fancy for arbor teas. However, the distinction itself has been made as objectively and completely as possible. At this, the labeling of a country as a “tea tree country” doesn’t exclude the cultivation of tea bushes in that country. In reverse, it is possible for countries that are not cradle countries of the tea tree to have individual specimen of grown tea trees. The latter applies especially to countries, where Assam cultivars are cultivated.
Historical Timeline of Tea
- A historical timeline of tea lists key events from the history of tea. The timeline expressively makes no claims on completeness. The last item on the list – “The World Map of Tea – Painted by Artist” – is no(t yet) such established historical key event at the time of the work’s creation.
Date of entry into status of significance
- Years and dates (lower left on the World Map of Tea) – approximate date of a country’s entry into the labeled status of significance. The pertaining allocation is based on the criterion considered as most relevant in each individual case. For China, for example, this is the discovery of the tea plant as a medicinal plant. For Japan, it’s the beginning of tea cultivation in the country at all. In the case of India, it’s both the discovery of the Assam tea tree and the first successful attempt of raising China tea seeds. And for Taiwan, it’s the import of tea plant varieties from Fujian for cultivation on the island.
V. The World Map of Tea – Painted by Artist : Claims and Limitations
The classification of individual countries according to their relevance for tea cultivation and/or tea culture is partly based on statistic relecvance. For another part, it is based on my personal subjective perspective and evaluation.
From our side, we need to say that “The World Map of Tea – Painted by Artist” has touched our lives in an extremely deep and lasting way. We therefore experience the greatest sense of reward and fulfilment, if our work manages to achieve precisely that goal – at least to some degree – with you, too.
How did the idea for “The World Map of Tea – Oil on Canvas” come about in the first place? I’ll tell you that story my dedicated article in Siam Tea Blog:
Further, the article provides visual insights to the work’s implementation phase, even more background, and a commentary from the creators’ perspective.