Yarn bombing is a type of street art which utilizes yarn rather than paint or chalk to produce colorful designs in public spaces. Eric Rieger, a.k.a. HOTTEA, is a yarn bomber who works to create these non-destructive street art installations.

Concordia’s Jones Fine Art Series invites you to join the movement and bring the thrill of unexpected color and coziness to Seward.

Artist Statement

“How did HOT TEA come about and what does it mean?”

The two words hot and tea or more specifically the phrase "HOT TEA" was chosen to highlight the relationship between the two words. We so often over look the meaning behind what we say and how special some of these words and phrases really are.

These two words compliment each other both physically and grammatically. Without one or the other you wouldn't have a phrase that evokes a sense of comfort, warmth and relaxation. In a physical sense without hot water all you have is tea, and without tea all you have is water, but when both put together you have "HOT TEA". Hot tea is greater than the sum of its parts.

This idea was the basis for the HOT TEA project. There will always be a relationship between things and that interconnection we have with everything around us is the backbone for how HOT TEA navigates. The project is a comment on all relationships good and bad and the things that lie between them. Like the phrase itself Hot and Tea are two totally different words brought together to represent something new, which reflect on the media and surfaces that the project makes use of.

HOTTEA in Seward, Nebraska

HOTTEA in Seward, NE

How to #yarnbomb


Step 1

Wrap Yarn Around Something

Step 2

Take a Photo of Your Creation

Step 3

Share Photo with #yarnbomb

HOTTEA's Emmy Award Winning Video

Each year, Concordia University, Nebraska, together with Jones National Bank & Trust Company of Seward, invites a distinguished artist to participate in the Jones Fine Art Series. The event, designed to immerse students and the community in the arts, including music, theatre and the visual arts, culminates in a performance for the public.