About Tea


Tea Okropiridze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. In 1994 she received Associate Degree in Art and Sculpture from Tbilisi Jacob Nikoladze Arts College. In 2002, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) in Artistic weaving/tapestry from the State Institute of Art and Culture, Department of Fine & Applied Art – Tbilisi, Georgia.

In 2002, she moved to the USA and continued her artistic career in Northern Virginia. Since 2004, she and her husband, sculptor George Tkabladze have been co-owners of a custom high-end furniture company and studio called Art Woodstone Studio, located in Virginia.

Simultaneously, she works as a Tapestry and Art instructor at Smithsonian Associates Studio Art Program, Washington DC; The Art league School, Alexandria, VA; Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, MD and US Art Education Center, Chantilly, VA

Tea has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions. Some of the most recent exhibitions include:

  • (2019) Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries – Australian tapestry workshop, Melbourne, Australia; Experience Georgian Culture – Embassy of Georgia, Washington DC;
  • (2018) Four Seasons – Gallery B, Bethesda MD; The Biggest Little Tapestries in the World!: 12th international, small format tapestry exhibition – Reno, NV
  • (2017) 6th International Triennial of Tapestry “Novi Sad 2017” Serbia.
  • Focus on Fiber – Glen Echo Park, MD. The Creative Crafts Council 31st Biennial – Strathmore Mansion, Bethesda, MD.
  • International Exhibition of Contemporary Arts – EGOS XIII- Oud Sint- Jan Museum, Bruges, Belgium;
  • (2016) From Lausanne to Beijing-9th International Fiber Art Biennale – Guan Shan Yue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China.
  • Fiber National 2016 – Workhouse art Center, Lorton, VA. Threads: A Sampling of the Fiber Arts – Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Dowell, MD;

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EDUCATION:

1997 – 2002 Honors Degree in Artistic Weaving (Tapestry), Department of Fine & Applied Art, State Institute of Culture, Tbilisi, Georgia.
1989 – 1994 Degree in Sculpture. Tbilisi I. Nikoladze Arts College, Georgia.
1986 – 1989 Department of Fine Arts, Tbilisi Art Lyceum. Tbilisi, Georgia.

EXHIBITIONS:

2019 – 2020 2019 Artists at work – Smithsonian Museum, S. Dillon Ripley Center, Washington DC
2020 – Torpedo Factory Artists Association Newly Juried Artists group exhibition – TFA @ Mosaic, Fairfax, VA
2020Material II – A National juried fiber art exhibition – d’Art Center, Norfolk, VA
2020Corporate Connections 2020 – MFA, Maryland Federation of Art, MD
2020Fiber III, A National juried Show -LibertyTown Arts Workshop, Fredericksburg, VA
2020/2021Small Expressions 2020 touring exhibition – Handweavers Guild of America, Inc, USA
2020Rendition-2020 – Small format tapestry exhibition. American Tapestry Alliance Handweavers Guild of America’s conference, Convergence. (ONLINE due to COVID-19)
2019 – Winternational- 8th Annual Embassy Showcase – World Trade Center, Washington, DC
2019 – Experience Georgian Culture – Embassy of Georgia – Washington DC
2019Finalist of 2019 Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries – Australian tapestry workshop, Melbourne, Australia
2019 – Experience Georgian Culture – Embassy of Georgia – Washington DC
2018 – Four Seasons – Gallery B, Bethesda MD
2018 – The Biggest Little Tapestries in the World!: 12th international, small format tapestry exhibition – Northwest Reno Public Library, Reno, NV, USA
2018Georgia Heritage Days – World Bank, Washington DC, USA
2017 – 6th International Triennial of Tapestry “Novi Sad 2017” – Studio “M”, Radio Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia.
2017 – 47th Annual Labor Day Art Exhibition – The Park View Artist Award 2017. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo, MD
2017 – Focus on Fiber – Park View Gallery, Glen Echo Park, MD
2017 – The Creative Crafts Council 31st Biennial Exhibition – Strathmore Mansion, Bethesda, MD
2017 – Experience Georgian Culture – Embassy of Georgia in Washington DC
2017– International Exhibition of Contemporary Arts – EGOS XIII EDITION – Oud Sint- Jan Museum, Sala Mozart, Brugge, Belgum
2016 – 9th International Fiber Art Biennale – From Lausanne to Beijing. Guan Shan Yue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China.
2016 – 
Fiber National 2016 – Workhouse art Center, Lorton VA2016 – Celebrating the Year of Georgian Heritage in the USA – Georgian Center in DC – Embassy of Georgia, Washington DC
2016 – Threads: A Sampling of the Fiber Arts – Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Dowell, MD
2015 – Finalist of 2015 Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries – Australian tapestry workshop, Melbourne, Australia
2015 – Coastal FiberArts 2015. Astoria Visual Arts – Heritage Museum, Astoria, OR. USA
2015 – Small Tapestry International 4: Honoring Tradition, Inspiring Innovation. American Tapestry Alliance, USA
2015 – National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2015. The Wichita center for the Arts, Wichita, KS, USA
2015 – Stories of the Sea. Juried Tapestry Exhibition, Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez, FL
2014 – 3 men show – Gallery B, Bethesda MD, USA
2014 – “Mélange” Artspace 109, Alexandria, VA, USA
2015, 2014, 2013 – Student and Faculty show. The Art League Gallery. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA, USA
2013 – All-Media show – Best in Show winner – Juried by Joann Moser, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, USA
2013 – Abstraction at its Best – juried show – Capitol Arts Network, Rockville, MD USA
2013 – Art in City Hall – juried show, Alexandria City Hall, VA, USA
2007 – 9×10 WPA/Corcoran members exhibition – William W. Parker (WWP) Gallery, Washington DC2007 – Juried Exhibition (Solo Sow) Arts Club of Washington, Washington DC. USA
2006 – Arts Council @ GRACE. 
The Arts Council of Fairfax Annual Juried All Media ExhibitionGreater Reston Art Center – GRACE. Reston VA
2006 – Mud, Sand and Straw: Juried Show of Ceramics, Glass, Fiber & Wood.Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC
2006- Abstract This, Juried Exhibition Del Ray Artisans Gallery – Nicholas A. Colasanto Center. Alexandria VA
2006 – As a Finalist of Niche award. Category Fiber-Handwoven. Exhibition at Philadelphia Buyers market of American craft. Pennsylvania Convention Center PA.
2006 – Spotlight 2006 American Craft Council, Southeast Region Annual Juried Exhibition. Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft. Louisville, KY.
2005 – 2006 – International Small Works Competition. International Visions Art Gallery Washington DC. USA
2005 – 2006 – International Juried exhibition Beyond Fibers: New FormsEleanor Bliss Center for the Arts Depot Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO
2005 – Juried Biennale “Fiber celebrated 2005 – Intermountain Weavers Conference” at – Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO, USA
2005 – American Craft Council, Southeast Region Annual Juried Exhibition “Spotlight 2005”- The Center for Craft, creativity and design. Hendersonville, NC. USA
2002 – Fall Exhibition. Georgian National Picture Gallery. Tbilisi. Georgia
2001 – Annual Spring Exhibition. Georgian National Picture Gallery. Tbilisi. Georgia
2001, 1998, 1997 – Christmas Exhibition. International Art Center. Tbilisi, Georgia
2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997 – Annual Students’ Exhibition. Tbilisi State Institute of Culture. Tbilisi, Georgia.
2000 – International Christmas Exhibition. Georgian National Picture Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia
2000 – Frankfurt Gift – Fear. Gorman.
2000, 1999 – Milan Christmas Exhibition – Fear. Gorman.
1999 – Annual Autumn Exhibition. Georgian National Picture Gallery. Tbilisi. Georgia
1998 – First summit of hand Crafts makers (Latin America, Europe) Saragossa. Spain.

AWARDS:

2019Finalist of 2019 Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries – Australian tapestry workshop, Melbourne, Australia
2016 – Award of Excellence at 9th International Fiber Art Biennale – From Lausanne to Beijing.Guan Shan Yue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
2015– Finalist of 2015 Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries – Australian tapestry workshop, Melbourne, Australia
2013 – Winner of the Shayna Heisman Simkin Best in Show Award for the work “Connection” awarded by Juror Joann Moser at All Media show -The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2006 – Semi-finalists, Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, Bethesda MD. USA
2005-2006 – Finalist of Niche Award. Category Fiber-Handwoven for the artwork “Shadow
2003 – Winner of Kara Art Silver Award
2003 – Winner of The Featured Artist Title of the United Creative Nation .

WORKING EXPERIENCE

2003 – present – Artist/Designer at Art Woodstone Studio, Manassas, VA
2018 – Present Tapestry Weaving Instructor at Smithsonian Associates – Studio Art Program – Washington DC
2018 – Present – Art instructor, at US Art Center – Chantilly VA
2015 – present – Tapestry Weaving Instructor at Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture – Glen Echo, MD
2012 – present – Tapestry weaving teacher at The art League School at the Torpedo Factory Art Center Alexandria, VA
2019 – present -Tapestry Weaving Instructor Servicesource (ArlingtonWeaves, Etc) – Arlington, VA
2018 – Art Teacher at Young Rembrandts of Fairfax and Loudon counties, VA
2013 – 2018 – Art teacher at Academy of Georgian Heritage, Rockville, MD
2013 – 2014 – Tapestry weaving teacher at Workhouse Art Center, Lorton, VA
2000 – 2002 Assistant Manager/designer of Stichting Caucasus Foundation /IBCCP/
2002 Editor and designer of “CMAN-INFO newsletter”.
1994 – 1998 Artist – designer. L.T.D. “Vazisubani”.


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Art League Gallery
Washington Project for the Arts / Corcoran.
The Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas/Prince William County
Arts Council of Fairfax
American Tapestry Alliance
Georgian Artists Union
Caucasian Arts Managers Network /CAMN/

CATALOGS, PUBLICATIONS & EVENTS

2019 – 2019 Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries – Australian tapestry workshop, Melbourne, Australia
2017 – 6th International Triennial of Tapestry “Novi Sad 2017” – Studio “M”, Radio Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia.
2016 – From Lausanne to Beijing 9th International Fiber Art Biennale – Guan Shan Yue Art Museum, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
2015 – 2015 Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries – Australian tapestry workshop, Melbourne, Australia
2015 – Small Tapestry International 4: Honoring Tradition, Inspiring Innovation. American Tapestry Alliance
2015 -Stories of the Sea. Juried Tapestry Exhibition, Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez, FL
2015 – Fiber Art Now magazine – “On View PRISM” – Spring 2015
2007 – Solo Show Arts Club of Washington. Washington DC
2006 – Arts Council @ GRACE. The Arts Council of Fairfax Annual Juried All Media Exhibition. Greater Reston Art Center – GRACE. Reston VA. USA
2006 – Alexandria Gazette Packet Vol. CCXXII, NO 25. June 22, 2006 Abstract Thinking.
2006 – Niche magazine. Winter 2006
2006 – Spotlight 2006. American Craft Council, Southeast Region Annual Juried Exhibition. Louisville, KY.
2005– “Fiber celebrated 2005 – Durango Art Center, Durango, CO, USA
2005 – American craft Council Southeast Region Annual Juried Exhibition “Spotlight 2005”- Hendersonville, NC. USA
2005 – Élan magazine. April 2005