The Tea Cup Project
Claudia started exploring environmental artworks and sculptures and the use of recycled material through her BMA study at Wintec. This resulted in "Cornucopia", a well-received installation at the city campus based on consumerism and the 'throw-away society' we live in. Afterwards she was left with all this material and her tutor encouraged her to send a proposal to the Hamilton Gardens for a possible work, hoping it could be placed as a feature. The Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival commissioned Claudia to create this work. Over a period of three months Claudia worked on constructing a large cup, saucer and spoon by weaving corokia hedge clippings around a steel construction. The installation was inspired by Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter Tea Party and the feedback has been great. "The large scale of the work makes you feel like a child again" and Claudia says "that is what I love about creating art and especially on a larger scale; the amazement on people’s faces is priceless".