Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New found and new experiment leaves imprints 新葉子新試驗

 The leaf imprints just found on my way in a park. Simply love the strong and bold prints on fabric.
 
That's the windfalls of Silk Oak (Grevillea robusta 鐵樺或銀樺).
A good find for me and greeted by the stray cats. 

 Back home with handful of leaves and can't wait to do experiments........
 Placed a few with up and down sides for different effect. 

 After 1.5 hours boiling the outcome of bold and strong imprints with the down side of leaves.
 I done a few scraps prints

 After the boiling prints  then dyed in the cochineal pot with background of purple.
 This sort of oak is a good find for me in Hong Kong since we don't have the oaks as in the States or Europe.
 I'll do some more experiments and combine with other leaves to bring out new patterns.
  
 This is a new trial

 Simply love the strong olive color - almost the same as fresh leaves !

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Shanghai teaching environment (3) 上海教學周邊景致

Just a few days ago I was in the brilliant ancient town in China for the teaching of these  botanical imprinted and nuno felt scarfs done by my talented students.
My last posts here and there for the mention. 
上海之行, 教學環境之優美與學生的聰敏在幾日間做出這些漂亮製作. 而我也在空檔舊地重遊, 此行是春天, 花香處處, 小橋流水, 給我不一樣的教學與旅遊體驗.
 
Thank you for the participants making my exceptional teaching in China and I'm impressed with the nearby environments.
 
The workshops venue was a stone throw from this little water village, I was able to stroll along on my arrival to capture some shots.

 The old man was putting some vegetable for sun drying
 
 Tranquil canal with boat and bridge
 Bamboo and the ancient tile roof by the pond









Bridge over peaceful canal
 Little plum flowers
Canola flowers






White big flowers and .........
tiny purple flowers....... Oh, I've no idea of what kind of these flowers are .  They're simply sign of spring has sprung here in China






Houses amid canola field.
This is the little village next to the workshop venue.  Just a few minutes strolling to see it.







The workshops were held in such brilliant and quaint village

We're able to walk around,.......
....... with healthy and variety of 3 meals a day.....
enjoy Chinese tea in the break.....
and western cakes at night


All such arrangements lined up by brilliant textile expert Edith Cheung

I'm back home with intangible experience and the lovely gifts by students and the organizer. 




Friday, March 20, 2015

Teaching in Shanghai - Wool felt (2) 上海羊毛工藝教學

The second session of my teaching in Shanghai Jinze Arts Centre was wool felt / nuno felt. They made nuno felt scarfs, ring flowers and phone pouches with the techniques learnt.
上海金澤工藝館的教學第二、三天是羊毛混纖薄纱及羊毛小包包製作, 各學員運用掌握到的技巧製作大小不同的圍巾及別緻的指環花.  大部份學員都是初接觸濕氈製作,  對其可塑性深感興趣, 相信此後他們會發掘更多羊毛創意.
 
 After my sample demo for the nuno felt texture effect, they're going to do their own layering.
 This piece mixed with fleece of wild yak on the collar
 A large piece for installation art piece
Making a small piece of iPhone case
 After the workshop, session of critique of each piece of eco prints and wool felts.
 Way to learn from each other
 The pasture or the ocean theme

 The blue maple with ruffled edges
 The black wrap with raw fleece of wild yak


 The flat nuno and the textural scarf

Students were so pleased to find the versatility of wool, they worked till night. A retreat of making flower rings.

 I made a rug with fleece of wild yak and found it so soft.
Next blog will the the beautiful scenery around the venue.

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