Cara McGee is one super cool chick. With a talent for comic art, tea blending and creating a massive (and loyal) online following, McGee is sure to be on your radar soon, if she isn’t already! Recently, Adagio Teas held a special fan signing event with McGee, their most well known signature blender, at the Chicago Adagio location and The Daily Quirk was on hand to bring you an exclusive inside look at the event and an interview with the guest of honor! Watch the interview below where McGee tells us how she got started with her signature blends, the fandom teas she’s working on now and gives you her tea recommendations!
Cara McGee is an artist of many talents. Comic art, tea blending, and social media prowess all fall under the realm of things Cara has added her own talented and unique spin on in the past few years. An alumni of the prestigious SCAD Atlanta, Cara is an excellent example of a modern day artist making her work accessible to the public through social media in a fun and engaging fashion (without it feeling like one big ad campaign). In fact, Cara comes across as genuinely humbled by her skyrocketing success and is extremely dedicated to her fan base, which is tens of thousands strong on Tumblr alone. It’s her appreciation of her fans and her willingness to connect and interact with them, both within the social media context and in the real world, that sets her apart in the newly rising field of the “Tumblr Famous” and caught our interest here at The Daily Quirk… well, that and the tea.
Cara’s signature tea blends on Adagio, a site for creating and purchasing ecologically responsible premium tea blends, are among the site’s best selling signature blends and have garnered her the nickname “the tea lady.” Inspired mainly by comics, books, and television, Cara has blends that appeal to every tea taste and many fandoms (including Sherlock, Doctor Who, Sailor Moon, and The Hunger Games just to name a few), all of which she’s actually a fan of herself. Even if you’re not a big tea person, when you get a look at the custom labels Cara draws for each blend, you may be tempted to buy some just for the art!
I was lucky enough to catch up with Cara McGee between conventions to talk art, tea, and Tumblr for The Daily Quirk. Read on for the interview! Continue reading
I like tea. That revelation is probably no surprise to anyone who reads this site often, but it bears repeating given this week’s quirky item is the Adagio Signature Tea Blends of Ms. Cara McGee (read our interview with her). There was a time when I thought being a tea connoisseur was tasting the difference between Lipton and Tetley, but in college my friend Sophie opened my eyes to the wonderful varied world of teas and I haven’t looked back since. Over the years, I’ve gradually gotten more adventurous in my tea drinking branching out into loose leaf and discovering what colors and blends I like, and which are just not my cup of tea. Continue reading