‘Coffee Culture’ is an ongoing body of work by Jennifer Coghill experimenting with a specific set of cast-off materials: used tea bags, coffee filters and discarded coffee bags. In creating art and decorative objects using these unexpected substrates, the resulting contrast between what they were, and what they have become, upends preconceived notions of what is garbage and what is art.
By choosing a coffee shop as a display venue, it also brings these materials full-circle. For the 2024 DesignTO Festival, Hamers Coffee will be displaying two pieces in its windows.
‘Ritual Comforts’ is a 3-foot square decorative hanging “quilt”. The patterned front panel is made with strips of used coffee bags sewn together, and is backed with a panel made from used coffee filters decorated with cyanotype images of coffee beans.
‘Kōhi Coat’ is an Asian-inspired jacket, pieced from used coffee filters decorated with a number of different cyanotype images.
Jennifer Coghill is a Toronto-based mixed media fibre-based artist. Her most recent work explores sustainability through the reuse and repurposing of waste materials, elevating their humble origins and creating unexpected juxtapositions.