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New Year. New Goals. New Collection.

Updated: Jan 25, 2023

Paper Art is back!

Sincerely Teia™ Paper Art: When the worlds of paper crafting, scrapbooking, card making, and illustrating collide.

Allow me to introduce to you my new Paper Art Collection: Girl Raised In The South (GRITS)

Plants in a bright living room

I’m just a girl raised in the south from a city that produces ripe peaches with a whole lot of magic! I’m just trying to put my stamp on the world.” - Teia James


When I was a little girl, I didn’t like grits…not even a little bit. As I matured, I acquired a taste for them. Today I enjoy eating creamed grits, especially with fried fish or grilled shrimp. It’s truly an iconic southern delicacy.

Well much like me I when I was a little girl and didn’t like grits, many black girls don’t like their features, may it be hair, lips, skin complexion, shape, and / or size. However as they mature, they embrace the true essence of their beauty and features.

The discovery of black beauty has not always been an easy journey; especially when mainstream media has clearly made their preference known. Black women and girls have often found themselves trying to fit into someone else’s beauty standards for far too long.

As an artist, I’m excited to create a body of work that adds diversity and challenges the perceived norm. GRITS is a feminine collection filled with grit and grace. It is joyous, magical, intentional, dimensional, influential, loving, pure, wholesome, empathetic, gracious, grateful, serene, elegant, significant, powerful, prideful, and unapologetically beautiful.

Representation matters…we matter. Ladies I want you to know that I see you. I celebrate you. I create because of you. I love you. I am you.

Please join me by stepping into my realm of Paper Art; mixed media at its finest…GRITS! Handmade with all my heart.

Which Design Is Your Favorite?

  • GRITS - Better In Color "Thank You"

  • GRITS - Better In Color "Black Girl Magic"

  • GRITS - Better In Color " Grow In Love"

  • I can't decide...I love all of them!


Checking In...

I pray that all is well on your end and that your new year is off to an AMAZING start! It's hard to believe that the month of January is almost over and we'll be crossing over to February very soon.

As for me, my days and nights have been extremely busy as I have worked tirelessly and meticulously over the last year preparing for the release of my new Paper Art Collection: Girl Raised In The South (GRITS). I'm so excited about this collection for so many reasons. Paper Art is my first love and what I'm most known for. As my girlfriend put it best, Paper Art is where I truly shine, so to return to a creative space that has helped me find my way as an ARTist makes me feel so full. This project is truly a labor of love. I put my entire heART into the GRITS collection (Paper Art + Candles)...and this is only the beginning!

I would like to thank two people in particular who worked closely with me to help bring the GRITS collection to life; my Dad (Dale) and Miss Julieth. I am forever grateful for your time and efforts.

I look forward to you checking out the new collection. Please feel free to share your thoughts and let me know if you have a fav! I'd love to hear from you.




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