Saturday, June 24, 2017

Unique purse's prints 獨特的包包印染

This is simple purse 
 A purse like this in the market may only be a US dollar or euro but I still like to make it with heart, with love, with the thought of the person who receives it. I like to give own handmade gifts to the persons I appreciate.  These purses are simply made with the leaf prints of direct contact skills.
 As I always said my outdoor activities are creation inspiration. Yesterday, our hiking to Big Wave Beach (大浪灣) and Shek O (石澳) started at 8:30am up to the trail in a sunny day.  From one end to the other along sea shore in 2.5 hours......
we arrived the top of the hill.  
 There're  trees and bushes with fallen flowers......

This is Hibiscus tiliacens (黃槿), typical plants along seashores.  The leaves and the flowers give pretty shapes I tried before.  With different fabrics and mordants outcome varies. I picked a few on the ground for experiment.

Soaked the wool blend (50/50) in very weak tumeric solution. The solution with little alum, and tannin etc. they're not in proportion, just the leftover of last project.  I laid plants on one end.  The deep purple and the yellow flowers are Hibiscus tiliacens (黃槿) , the small purple are Lagerstroemia speciosa (大葉紫薇) and others are assorted eucalyptus.  Folded with the other half with rust iron solution, bundle boiled for 50 minutes.  When I opened it, I was surprised with the bold prints.
The original deep purple flowers became dark brown and the yellow one became orange on one end.
Yellow of the heart-shaped eucalyptus

The prints of  Lagerstroemia speciosa (original purple) on the side with iron solution is clear of khaki

I printed this flowers before on silk only but not bold as wool. I have to figure out if I can do the same prints with more experiments.  
It's nice sample prints on the panel.  I cut a small portion to make a purse.

Sewed two sides of different shades

This purse of knit silk,  chestnut printed in Irit's workshop last year in Spain.
The leaf shape is beautiful, the large ones are big as head while the small ones as palm size.  I cut the sample prints, sewed the zipper and lining.

Purses are made for two persons whom have the same passion of nature. 
A small gift with my whole heart. Just wish they like it.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Mother Nature's Gift 大自然的恩賜

Green from Mother Nature, green from tumeric + indigo, green from my hands.  Yes this is creation from Mother Nature after last bike ride.  
Last Thursday I joined the bike team for a ride along Tolo Harbour. After lunch we departed but I went on riding up to Sha Lo Tung Village (沙螺洞)for another 16 km. 
From the photo above you see the white statue - Gwun Yam(觀音)that's the mountain I was heading to.

My destination is another 2.7km steep route up to the mountain village.   This is only in the mid with down view of Tai Po.

 A break here before going on........
 I've been to the village before but by car and hiking only. Never rode on a bike on the steep road. It's tough and challenging. I almost exhausted but don't want to give up. On the way I haven't seen a person but just a car passed by. I know I was adventurous or dangerous for the solo ride. Just wanted to see how the village looks now and challenge own ability as I may have to lead another team next.
Finally I'm here but the ruin village. Still but sounds of frogs and cicadas feeling like orchestra of nature.
The old village amid the well preserved wetland is going to move soon.
I made my riding up in 20 minutes then down the road in a few minutes.

On my way back home I found some blown off eucalyptus of assorted species but I don't know which one yells orange or green.

No harm to experiment with mixed composition on the non mordant wool blend cotton (50/50).
 After an hour boiling, not quite to my expectation.
 Most are only brownish, only a few orange. Can't expect too much since fabric is half cotton and without mordant. Mogi looks not quite pleased too.
 Is Mother Nature not kind at times?  As eco dyers we appreciate whatever nature gives us and make use of it.
Immediately I cut and sewed with other panel done earlier before. I used the jacket template Tatiana Sheverda made me while I was in her workshop in Holland. That's the template flexible with easy adjustment.
 I'm lazy.  Just front and back with side zipper. That's it.
 Simple and easy sewing as well comfortable wearing.

 So a green dress of own made with tumeric + indigo dyed and eco prints with eucalyptus.  A new dress for summer wardrobe.
This is how it's composed of. The wool blend fabric dipped in weak indigo then tumeric for the yellow base. Placed a few euc, casaurina and Tabebuia chrysantha flowers (風鈴木) as resist.
A dress of front and back made mainly of euc, clean and clear.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Creation in June 創意六月

June is particularly means to me. The month I was born, the month my son was born.  I find many excuses to celebrate in June.........
  回家路上大葉紫薇落花處處,告訴我盛夏來臨 ,好好把握這落花時節做我的創作.......就此做了這些印染。
 Last Friday morning before heading to Central, the assembly point for hiking, lots birthday wishes pouring in.  Friends' thoughtfulness already made me a day.

 We went up The Peak.  What a brilliant day with blue skies and rolling clouds !

 Up there we can see the further outlying islands, the cargo ships and some boats like ants over the sea. On the way my friend asked how I was up to these days.  I said same old just exploring eco printing, wool felting, teaching, managing my web site and answering queries.  I said no matter how busy I am I must do biking and hiking.  My friend said that's how we should enjoy while we're still doing well physically and it's simple to make own happy.  I couldn't agree more.  I am also delighted for my new listing of botanical enhanced eco printing tutorial eBook in my ETSY and it sells well since launched in two weeks.

Happiness consists in contentment. Life is happy with creation.  I love my teams.  Being with them I ride with my legs all over the mountains, trails up and down with nature inspired for my creation. After hiking, biking and celebration with family and friends of my birthday, Again indulged myself in experiments of the seasonal flower Lagerstroemia speciosa.
This is my favorite flower.  Now blooming in town and will last for a few months.
Can't resist to pick up some on the ground.

With a few casaurina, eucalyptus, the flowers and the leaves, I played the magic for the prints on cochineal dyed silk.
 After an hour boiling the prints come out with mordant.

            I'm quite pleased with the flower prints with outline and hue of stamens.

The other piece with marigold, yellow as expected

 I made two panels.  Here are the "Before & After"

The weekend completed with two pieces of prints that will be made into garment. After it's  done hope to show next.
Mogi, "stay tuned for the next post, a printed garment made."
As said June is the month to celebrate thus freebies to giveaway. Last week I posted in my Facebook whoever wants to know my tricks of strobilantes cusia leaf (traditional for indigo vat making 馬藍葉) purple shades natural printing as images I will send them the pdf file of my secret making. For blog followers I am also happy to share with whoever wishes to get it. Just email me I will send it out. No commitments, no promotions I just want to make sure I personally have the interaction with like-minded people.

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