Sunday, August 13, 2017

Eco prints enhanced satin jacquard 緞絲料錦上添花

This is mirror prints of cotton and satin silk with all natural resources. That day I went t行o the fabric shop for the last minute shopping with my friend J. before leaving for Ireland.   
I spied the exquisite satin silk jacquard. J spotted the one with typical Chinese jacquard which is three-fold the price of the one王 I usually to do with.  I was hesitate for the price but can't resist to buy a few yards to try.
遠行在即,日前與友 J 到深水埗布行買𢇁料,J 眼明的為我選來精緻中國傳統提花缎𢇁,價格比較我一向的用料貴了一點,但實在又很漂亮,忍不住買了幾碼。夾著布料我們邊走邊談去到花墟花叢中,找到大家心儀的雅致咖啡小店品嚐輕談,桌上瓶中有心型尤加利葉,告訴 J 那是印出紅色葉印的尤加利葉,她感葉子的奧妙。
營役的日子, 閒暇與友共賞花卉細說分享生活, 確是美事。
Outcome of contact prints is nice over the jacquard.

After fabric sourcing J and I walked along the flower market.  We found a quaint florist cafe for a coffee.  We talked about creation and life while admiring the flowers, the decoration around us. I told J. the heart-shaped eucalyptus leaf in  the bottle prints red. She found it amazing.

When I back home I immediately done swatch testing with fresh sumac and the remnants of last workshop.  Layout with a few mordant euc and the sumac on the satin side then covered with the cotton for the one off mirror prints.

After an hour boiling it's done.  Prints on the left is cotton and the right is satin silk. 
The same leaves with different shades.

Sumac rich in tannin and prints dark with iron on cotton but brown on silk with no mordant. Close up prints on satin silk with visible jacquard of Chinese patterns.

The "Before & After" of layout and the mirror prints on cotton and satin silk.
This is a simple natural prints making yet fabulous shades can be done with appropriate natural mordants.  My instant download tutorial shows the step-by-step making is available here "Botanical Imprints" tutorial.

Well, I'm about to leave.
Mogi's final check to make sure I'm well packed with clothing and all stuff.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Travel + teaching makes colorful life 生活 - 寓教學於旅遊

Soon I will have a workshop for the making of eco prints and nuno felting in Vancouver, Canada. 
With nature inspiration to make own hand printed botanical pattern and felt it into garment is kind of slow fashion. 
這兩個月我遠行旅遊及教學,八月份英倫、愛爾蘭之行是與友交流聚舊,九月的加拿大是深度教學與旅遊,其間在溫哥華 BC 省主要是教授植物印染及羊毛混纎時尚衣飾製作。

 In the workshop I will teach how to imprint directly with leaves, weeds or flowers gathered locally onto silk fabric then make it into wearables. For more info please contact Genoa Daniel  or Norman Janes

During the sessions students will learn the prints making with natural resources, extracts and mordants from basic to fabulous shades.


After the first part of the workshop, students will make a multi styled wrap (scarf-vest) with nuno felt skills.

The printed yardage can also be sewed into garment at home or with nuno felt skills make it into a seamless tunic dress in the second part of the workshop.  Students will have hands on experiments of making eco prints samples and two pieces of finished garments.  That's the workshop scheduled in
 Sept 22-25, 2017

In Aug and Sept I am off to Europe and Canada. Before my first leg in London and Ireland this week, I grasped the nice hiking with friends in the north of Hong Kong. It was a rainy day but fortunately when we're on the hill top rain stopped and it's clear we can view the well developed China  from Hong Kong border.  Hong Kong is greenery everywhere though some have the instinct of high rises only.  We do have undulating mountains, sea and well accessible networks.
Almost two months away I will surely miss hiking and biking in Hong Kong but anticipating the reunion of friends with same passion in Ireland and UK where we will play with eco printing and wool felting. 

Thank you for my readers who follow my blog. I will still writing when I am on the road as I always said my life is "travel + teaching + playing - I color my life"
遠行⋯⋯我仍找緊機會騎單車、走山野,生活是調色盤 -自我調色、調適,自會絢爛!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

How to print the flowers 奇妙的花兒印染

Cant' thank more for my friends who like to do natural prints with me. Florence and Grace are sisters who are very supportive to my works and have joined my tutelage a few times.  They found the flower prints lovely particularly Lagerstroemia speciosa (大葉紫薇) and Hibiscus tiliaceus (黃槿) as the above image.
  To take the blooming season for the prints, they came again this Sunday for the flower prints. 
Before the workshop I went to collect some flowers along the coast.
 Up in the skies were those pretty purple / pink flowers - Lagerstroemia speciosa........
Heading to the other side of the harbour with stunning view........

lots of Hibiscus tiliaceus by the tranquil coast
A half day walk with handful flowers for the prints.
Started composition with assorted leaves and flowers on a piece of wool blend and another piece of silk wrap then bundle boiling for an hour.
 Before the workshop I told the girls it's interesting to make such prints with the new skills but not guarantee it's beautiful.  Yes I can't guarantee what mother nature gives. The outcome depends really on sorts of plants collected.
  Unwrapping is always exciting......
"What can we expect?  That flower is khaki."
"Oh, this one is yellowish."

Part of the wrap with composition of different flowers, leaves and shades.
Here are details of the two materials, wool blend and pure silk.

Two styles for two girls
This is for Grace. How do they like it?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Outing inspired creation 寓郊遊於創意

Bounty from nature !
"What day is today? What can I expect today?"
"Everyday is a special day. Each day is a happy day !"
Yup, that's the Q&A of me and Mogi.
After a consecutive torrential rainy days, we've the clear, blue and sunny days.  That said I'm out for a sporty as well a creative day.
Our stunning nature, the greenery or the water are never boring.
My visitor student Violeta after the tutorial in my home studio, we managed to have hiking with our regular team on Friday.  We started the trail from Shek Pik to Shui Hau Village on Lantau.
Walking up and down the steps in a sunny day. 
It's a moderate hiking trail all along the island in the bush.
Sunny, hot and sometimes with sea breeze was not that hard  
 In two hours we arrived a camp site for a break and view ......
Are the cows tired?  We're not...... heading to......
 the sandbay of Shui Hau Village.
A view in the bay then forward to Tai O

Tai O is a fishing village, the waterways of creek and river merges with lots of stilt houses over it, so called Oriental Venice.

One of the attractions is to watch the Chinese white dolphins.  We took the 20-min boat ride and was lucky to have seen a few dolphins jumping up. The motions were so fast that I was not able to take a shot.  All in our memory !
We called it a day and returned by MTR.  Violeta and I were not heading home instead going to Shamshuipo for materials shopping.  Violeta's so impressed with our transport networks, the many varieties of materials and accessories of good prices and the stunning scenery of Hong Kong.
Yes, we've a well developed transport network to every corner of the region.
Wish Violeta and Paul enjoy more before returning home.
My overseas friends can't imagine we have the vast splendid greenery, undulating mountains and beautiful coasts. Just the day before, I went cycling in the east of New Territories. I just love the sandbays and the mangroves.
Particularly the tide out gorgeous views are gorgeous.

 There're lots of mangroves.  Now the blooming season of Hibiscus tiliaceus with lots on the ground. How can I resist to print with them ?  That's why every time when I do hiking or biking I'd have good hunts.

Home with a  few of the Hibiscvus tiliaceus and Lagerstroemia speciosa, I made the prints.
Next I will have more photos of the making and prints.  Stay tuned.
Thank you for stopping by.

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