Monday, September 1, 2014

It's a vacation 悠閒假期

My vacation the first part in England was perfect with beautiful weather, lovely friends and tranquility. Cycling in the sun........ 

Nature walk in the marsh with high school mate.....

With the neighbor cat under the pear tree watching us....
Doing wool felt vest with sweetie
Tiffany laid the raw fleece to make her wooly vest
With the little helping hands she made the two-sided reversible vest, one side of Eco printed silk and the other of wild curly Teeswater, Wenslaydale, Romney and other unknown fleece.
Absolutely talented little girl made her own reversible vest with me in 3 hours. 

Tiffany you made it !  Put on it and let's model it. All in a natural look.

Gorgeous sweetie in her wild fleece vest. She's quite pleased with her work and I'm proud of her talent.
Cycling, walking or wool felting all are such leisure activities. Not to miss the stunning view in town. This year the Tower of London is spilling with tens and thousands of ceramic poppies marking the centenary of World War I - "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red". Installation is on going till 888,246 in Nov. Each poppy in honor of the soldiers killed in the war. 

The stunning and emotional view of wash of red 

High street shopping is not my cup of tea. A walk to Portobello market on Sat is more than enough to browse the vintage stuff and food.

The night I arrived in London a few days ago was pretty good. Leaving for Tuscany tonight for another adventure. Wish the same good weather when I back again in nine days.

See you again black magic.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cats follow me 與貓兒出遊

 Time to off.... not to bring with you but your silhouette, Mogi
Mogi, 不可能與你同遊啊! 不如  " 如影隨形" 的跟我漫遊倫敦鄉間小鎮、 意國托斯卡尼艷陽及花之國度荷蘭 .......

Another art journal - Nuno felt cover with cats silhouette and papers with prints that as usual I will bring along for a new trip.
Front cover with rose leaf
Alternative paper and silk pages printed with leaves
 The cover is one of the prints on silk that I cut  to make the nuno felt cover

This one with the Loropetalum Chinense (紅彩木 ) and eucalyptus I cut the cat shapes
 Enhanced with laundry marker.....
  to bring the outlines....
 cut the cat shape to make paper prints under Mogi's monitoring

Papers with the leaves prints after boiled an hour

prints on silk are cut to a few pieces
 An art journal is made with silk and paper prints
 Another art journal for my upcoming travels

 Yap, my journey to England, Tuscany and Amsterdam will be brimming with fun, leisure, culture, history, interaction and catch-up........ In the air today.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Art Therapy with eco printing 植物印染的藝術治療

What's eco printing related to art therapy?  Yesterday I've a small group of social workers from a Christian NGO. They wanted to do tie dyeing and find my way of eco prints with leaves interesting. So we're doing the natural tie dye/ prints in one go.......
植物印染也是藝術治療的一環, 細緻的鋪排, 把綠色的的葉子加點鐵質媒染, 印出不同色調,  日前我的一組學員是志願團體的社工, 他們時而對有親人逝去的家庭輔導, 其中有園藝治療, 他們很想了解我的植物印染及扎染的技巧, 因此特別安排此工作坊, 三小時的製作, 雪白的絲質雪紡印出點點紅, 點點綠, 成為高貴的絲巾.
 Samples on the bench and assorted leaves, all ready for the group in my urban yard
 He's waiting to welcome my students in the sunny Sat morning.
 After my briefing, they started the layout with assorted euc, rose leaves, casaurina, Loropetalum Chinense. 
Rolled up and tied it tightly with rubber band and string.
 Because they wanted the tie lines and color edges, we put some dried and some fresh leaves as well tree barks and onion skins in the pot, also a little vinegar.  
 After boiling for 1h 45m, opened it.......
 bright red of euc silver dollar, green of mandarin leaves and dark lines of casaurina
 Edges of dyeing and tie lines
 Opening bundles is always the exciting moment.
 Difference of "before & after". 

 They found amazing for the original green how come to have bright colors! 
That's the bounty of nature!

 No more no less, they made these silk scarfs with a little bit of leaves, some fresh some with iron mordant,  came the shades.

 The silk scarfs with natural dye and prints are not difficult to do.  During the 3 hours from green to color, from nothing on the white to a bit colorful.  It's a course of concentration, anticipation.  My students are social workers sometimes have to do counseling people who lost their loved ones.  They find doing natural printing with leaves can achieve specific therapeutic treatment goal to sooth the surviors.

The way soothing sadness and make something in memory of the lost ones, a student used the cotton sleeves cut from a Tee of her late father passed away some 11 years ago.  She put the iron mordant euc silver dollar and rose leaves over the sleeves.
植物印染可作舒緩逝去親人傷痛的另類治療, 其中學員把多年前逝去父親的棉衣剪下袖子, 鋪上葉子, 同樣煲差不多兩小時, 看看效果. .....

Rolled up and tied tightly and boiled in the same pot.
Here come the prints on the sleeves
植物印染除了印在絲料也可印在棉布上, 但棉料要預先經過蛋白質媒染處理, 然而, 葉子浸有鐵質亦可印出清晰的玫瑰葉及尤加利葉形.
 Quite a good way to make something for the late loved ones.

 For cotton fabric prints are not easy to get but with leaves soaked in iron water overnight prints are bold.
Frame it will be a picture for the good memory.
棉衣的袖子印出葉子的模樣, 也譜出親人對逝去者的思念, 

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