Tea in the Library

Nicki MacRae

Another new/old work (a piece that was made a little while ago, but has never made it onto the website).

‘Tea in the Library’
7 x 9.5″ (18 x 24 cm) canvas size
10 x 12″  (25 x 31 cm) framed size
Mixed media collage – framed original artwork.

This piece is part of my Household series which come from a love of harity shops and jumble sales, vintage fashion and homewares, social history, historical interiors, street art, ageing, wear and decay and early and mid-20th century artists.

The collage uses pieces of vintage textiles, synthetic cleaning cloth, buttons, remnants from my studio activities, wallpapers, ribbon, embroidery and a page from a vintage poetry book. It is supplemented with spray paint and daubed acrylic paint.

I imagined an afternoon sat in deep velvet chairs, surrounded by lightly blowing drapes and bathed in late afternoon sun, nibbling on sandwiches and drinking tea from neatly decorated bone china teacups. There’s possibly a vicar, probably children playing outside and definitely footsie being played under the table!

The canvas have been finished in many layers of varnish in order to amalgamate all the elements, protect them and make it easy to care for. The canvas has a dep glazed finish which is in contrast to the matt finish of the bespoke-finished frame. The piece is ready to hang and dispatched with a Certificate of Authenticity.