Saturday, April 21, 2018

Natural printed tunic from plants 植物印染襯衣

Proud to be myself. I am by profession not a fashion designer but like arts and crafts.  Nature inspires my creation particularly plants.  As mentioned in my last post I found the lemmon marigolds wonderful prints and addicted to it.  This tunic printed mainly with those leaves and flowers as well crown daisy. 
Flowers and leaves are delicate with very pleasant fragrance.  
The day I went to the area of my studio. Such a leisure walk in the beach. 


It's a weekday with less people
  In short I am happy with this tunic prints
"Less is more" is my motto.  The "flowing movement" placement is what I always like.
Prints of the lemmon marigolds and crown daisy are so bold.
Front is linen, back and sleeves are wool blend, collar is viscose. Yellow prints from alum mordant for fabric and the plants.  Prints outline and grey shades due to iron mordant.
The sleeve placement of Lemmon marigolds leaves, flowers, crown daisy and oxalis.
Same sorts of plants and geranium
Prints of white from oxalis due to acid discharge from the plant
The tunic is light and comfortable 
 A nice moment sitting at the pier reading the poets on my art journal with my paper prints.  Life is good, can't complain.
This is the area Stanley where my tiny studio located.   I always get inspired in the little bay.  I am not a hard seller but sometimes got queries of how to do eco printing.  If you like to do eco printing with basic to fabulous prints here is my on line shop for the instant download pdf tutorials,  Basic English version, Russian version, fabulous version you can do the prints like this tunic.  My passion for the lemmon marigolds printing still on.  Another dress is being made.  Will show after shoting.
Thank you for stopping by, until next.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The new plants prints incredible 奇妙的植物印染

 I'm really into natural botanical imprints, particular the bold prints of this yellow flower and leaf marks. Three weeks ago the garden owner Miss F gave me such plants I've been doing lots panels experiments.  I have to find out the exact plant name to do some research.
Know there're some in the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) so I went there to get the name and see what others inspire me.

KFBG is located in the northern slope of Tai Mo Shan in Hong Kong with serene surrounding of beautiful forest and mountain.  My last time there was 2012  with French natural dye expert Michel Garcia for the workshop (last post)
KFBG was established in 1956 with mission to raise awareness of ecological and sustainability issues and base for Kadoorie Agricultural Aid Association (KAAA)

It's a rainy day so just a short visit to see the farm of vegetable and the Art House 
Caught my sight was already the bush of this yellow flowers with very pleasant fragrance.  I asked the staff and got the name of the plant it's Tagetes tenuifolia Lemmon Marigold (芬芳萬壽菊)
I walked into the Art House.  It's open free for visitors to get inspired with nature related art and handicrafts.
 The Collaborative Art - "Nature's Weavers"  is being held.  Visitors are free to get involved to create a giant woven artwork with provided yarns.
 My aim of visiting was to see the flowers so I made a little orange flower looks like marigold.
There's some other creations by visitors they used the materials from the farm.  Very creative and pretty.

All of nature related displays of harmony
 How great I know the plant is Lemmon marigold.  Flowers and leaves are good for prints.  Leaves are good for tea and ediable.  
The recent prints on small pieces of silk and linen were done.
I like to make use of the prints. This one is sewed into a tote bag with Mogi's helping hand.
A tote bag I like but as a "thank you" gift I gave it to Ms F's sister as she's so nice to give me such beautiful plants for my exploration.

 With those Lemmon marigold leaves and the crown daisy from Ms F I printed on linen and silk. The linen piece was sewed into a clutch.
  "Before & After" of prints on silk 
 This is linen
Also prints on linen
My visit was in a hurry but I must be back again soon to see more and up to the mountain for hiking.
 I will do more prints with this plant. I am going to plant my own and do a series of natural prints.   Next I will show the fashion with such amazing prints.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Slow fashion - natural printed outfit 植物印染慢活時裝

Following last post of the new leaf prints, I've now made the fabric prints into garment.  That's the pattern learnt from Revital Avidar in Spain.  The raglan sleeves I like very much.  so I modified the pattern and made the outfit with a different style. 
Here's a short video of chilling out in a jockey club.  The outfit is light in summer breeze, style is fine on occasions.
The prints are mainly of leaves of tagetes tenuifolia (菊科) combined with onion skins and geranium.
 The other layout on iron mordant viscose and alum mordant silk for the different shades of mirror prints.  Bundles are steamed for an hour.

Composition before sewing.
Sleeves with prints of yellow flowers on chine de crepe done in Israel, front with gorgette silk and viscose.
Front part of silk and viscose. Photos speak themselves..........

I also printed a cotton swatch and done a purse with detachable strap.
 Be it a clutch or a shoulder bag for the outfit set.
Back side .....viscose drapes likely.

A day in the jockey club

The purse with flowers of artemisia vulgaris ( 唐蒿 ) and geranium (洋葵) leaf prints.
Close up of the front and back, different tone of mirror prints. Back with olive tone and front of golden yellow.
A clutch or a bike bag?  That's what I intended to make for the multi- purposes.

The bottom part of the mirror prints on viscose is sewed into a tote bag. The gift I gave to the house owner Ms Fung who's so generous to let me pick her plants.
The tagetes tenuifolia is marvelous that I will do more experiments.
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