PITTI ROOMS, Fetish tea
Temporary tea salon
Harold Acton Library, Florence
January 2006

The project draws on two extreme elements of ‘Englishness’: the classics, the Queen, ladies’ card-games and tea parties, and the eccentric, flippant and fetish, inspired by Vivienne Westwood’s style.  All blended with a touch of humor, the items displayed are taken from the classic afternoon tea, together with ironic and fetish additions. Traditional tea-party food is served: butter cookies, salted biscuits from the English countryside, scones and cucumber sandwiches, cranberry jam and lemon curd cakes. Tea is served at all times, of course, and sherry is offered later on in evening.