Saturday, March 17, 2018

Back to basic yet vivid natural prints

Sometimes the simple and basic prints are what I like to do.  It's vivid with appropriate mordant even nice on cellulose fabrics.  Recently I went biking and got some leafs and flower petals from a friend. Just wanted to do the prints with mirror effect.  So outcome of two in one go.

I put plants on silk then covered with cellulose fabric with appropriate mordant.  Just steamed for an hour. 
This is prints on cellulose with shades of dark and clear veins

 Prints on silk is more vivid with outline and colors of leaves as well purple from petals
What I like to test more is the purple prints from petal
As this is the testing of the new plants,  I have to do some more experiments then will show the proper names of the plants.  At this stage you may like to guess what the flowers and leaves are.  
The way of making outline prints is combination of iron and tannin from leaves.  Here's my ETSY instant download PDF tutorial of the prints of making shades and outline.

I'm on the road again for a jaunt trip to Hangzhou, China for interaction.
Mogi's not happy for my out town but rest assure I will show more after the trip.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Fruitful trip from Israel 滿載而歸以色列之行

To pursuit the bounty of nature of the flower prints, I went to Israel to do botanical prints particularly with the wild yellow chrysanthemum for my future project. I was blessed to have a lovely host Betty who is so kind to let me stay for the whole period and provided all the necessities.  More than that my visit to master Irit Dulman was great.  I walked away with piles of prints of new technique Irit showed me. 

I was supposed to do simple prints only with the yellow chrysanthemum, to my surprise I got different yellow tone with mordants learnt from Betty and Irit.  The flowers and leaves prints are amazing!

During my stay in Betty's, she took me to the vicinity with good views and nice walk with  dog Anna.

Wide flowers blooming in spring not only chrysanthemum........
but also mustard flowers
Bees are busy
There are lots of wild flowers, yellow, pink, red....... but I forgot the name of this red flower
We picked the mustard flowers for salad.  Tasty look, yes it's.
I worked on fabrics
Nice prints on silk
Yellow flower prints even bold and strong on papers that my Taiwan student gave me 

Just a few local leaves make pretty prints. The heart-shaped prints are from oxalis leaf.

The day I visited master Irit Dulman was marvellous.  She showed me her new technique "3DPrintRD".  Amazing to have the brilliant outcome with assorted flowers and leaves.
My heartfelt thanks for Irit's generous sharing and I anticipate to learn the in-depth techniques in her upcoming workshop in Holland soon.

This was my 3rd time of visit to Israel so I didn't go to other places but more in town.  We visited the Design Museum for costumes

I went to Tel Aviv to meet a friend from Hong Kong now lives there.  We walked along the promenade along Mediterranean coast
A dawn walk with Betty in the beach in her place
Stunning sunset 
A garden breakfast with fresh salad, homemade buckwheat toast, pita with goat cheese and figs is healthy
Part of the prints in the shade

Betty is amazing in cooking. Everyday she made me delicious meals with desserts.  The tarte tatin smelt great in baking.

Sumptuous Friday Sabbath dinner with family
Well I'm  back for a week now.  My plate is full and busy as bee.

(Photo credit to Irit Dulman and Idan Levy)

Irit gave me two swatches of the dress prints.  A keepsake I made into a shoulder purse.  I simply sewed together the printed fabric with same size lining then folded and lined both sides.

A purse made with the sample prints from Irit and cotton strap of my own print.

It's size fits for a phone, wallet and keys. I cherish this keepsake and will use it in Irit's workshop in Holland. 

I'm home also with the pants from Betty.   Style is trendy and good reference for my project making.  Also I got the very bold prints of flowers with Betty's alum mordant.  I've just now made my own.  Thank you for Betty's sharing of natural prints as well cooking.  Today I made the buckwheat bread and have a healthy lunch "Bird in the nest".  I made the bread from scratch as Betty's recipe.  To soak the buckwheat, blend it, mix with nuts and bake.  It's easy and healthy.

The piles of fabric prints are ready for my projects.  Just love the yellow chrysanthemum so much.  They're gorgeous prints with different mordant.  Thank you so much for Betty and Irit for their generous sharing.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Route of slow fashion design 慢活時裝之路

My way of slow fashion is long. I enjoy it and want to explore it with natural printing and design it in my way.  This silk blend raglan outfit just done.  
A blog reader commented "Terriea, you make it sound so easy! Like we all could go biking and then come home and sew something beautiful.  You are inspiring."
It's true that in the recent days I almost done with "good finds" from biking.  Mother Nature gives me lots windfalls wherever I go. 
這星期去以色列特別用當地春天漫山遍野的小黃花做系列創作,也許周末有空檔在特拉維夫的地中海岸悠悠騎行,從中啟發靈感。身在海外,因「Apple」已不再支援「Blogger」,一段時間我不能在此發放網誌,衹好在我的 facebook 知悉動態了,
Here's how the raglan outfit made........
Got some windfall of buds of eucalyptus on a leisure ride

On the other day got the morning glory and the leaves. 
A layout on the fabric with appropriate mordant to bring out the shade and shape
Here's the outcome with effect of iron and tannin after 1.5 hours boiling

On separate fabrics I laid different formation 
 Outcome with clear background and outlines with iron mordant

The "before & after" looks of prints from rose leaves, eucalyptus and needle pines
Well, the pieces of fabric all done and ready for the cutting and sewing
A trial composition

Sewed the raglan sleeves, a side pocket and fixed with pearl shell buttons.
 Mogi, "hey, does it fit well?"
It's light and fits well for the cool spring.  That's what I done with nature inspiration after biking. 
  This year I may not be able to do more biking as have a few commitments of projects overseas.  I miss my team and the activity.  Last week a glimpse of the area down where I went with the team for the rides along fish ponds, village lanes and bushes.......
This may be my last ride in our local eucalyptus plantation.
 But I reminisce my 2014 visit in Israel and the blooming of the yellow flowers.
How's the sweet boy now?
 I just want to do a special project of series of flower prints as I did in Israel years ago.
That simple yellow flowers and the pines make me travel again this week to Israel
These photos were taken in 2014.  I am so happy to meet again my good friend Betty and stay in her house to do my project. 
I do wish this weekend I can do biking in Tel Aviv along the coastline of Mediterranean Sea.
 It's a shame Apple does not support Blogger so I can't do blogging while I am on the road. So that I may disappear for some time. Stay tuned on my facebook.
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