Monday, May 25, 2015

Souvenir for a special one 給好友的紀念品

These years I seldom buy souvenirs abroad for my friends but making something for my good friends on special occasions instead.
 Last year when I was in Israel for Irit Dulman's workshop I printed a few pieces with local plants. One of it was a light knitted silk jersey. The plants used were casaurina, oak, rose leaves and eucalyptus.

 In Israel we collected eucalyptus leaves in the park for the workshop with Irit
Imprints of assorted leaves and the silver grey background of iron mordant

Rather than just a scarf, recently I made it into a simple tunic
Folded in two, sewed the shoulders and sides. 

Voila, a simple tunic -  I call it "Silver Grey".
                 Last time when I've a chat with my good friend Amy.
 we talked about eco prints.  I  said I was so addicted to experiments but pity that in Hong Kong not all my friends like the "muddy or imperfect prints".  I asked Amy if I made something for her if she would wear, she said she would.
So this piece is special for my friend Amy. 

Be it a tunic......or a nightie for your sweet dream

 or just a wrap around when you're in the ride of air-con bus 

Amy, every year around this time, we'll have a special gathering for our special days.  Years ago you made me this pretty dream house. I hope you also like this "silver grey" tunic.
每年此時我與好友 Amy 總會想著對方, 也會聚聚, 一次飯局中我說及植物移印染這獨特技巧, 我話:「香港人未必接受這 "烏卒卒" 的衣物, 如果我做了你會穿著嗎 ?」你說:「我會架!」
Amy, 特別送給你,就讓這夏日襯衣隨身吧。也謝謝你給我手作的”安樂居”!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Handmade art journal 手作美術小本

 The art journal of different wool felt skills and the pages of assorted botanical imprints. 
This is a sample booklet for my workshops of wool felt and natural prints. The pages of assorted leaves prints on various fabrics and papers for reference. The cover is mainly of textural surface.  Most colors are from my natural dyes, some leaves and papers were from friends.  That's why I treasure it.  This collection of art journal I call it "Rhythm of the Ocean".  You'll see some of the pages below.

 Leaves prints on music sheets
 First page with oak leaf from Melinda
 The yellow camellia and pines I printed in Israel  
 Paper from India from Zeinab. Euc prints on organza
 The cover of yellow is from turmeric dye
 The  texture I cut it to show the contrast.
 The back cover of "tied balls". They're dyed scraps of logwood and turmeric.
 The corner is enclosed with shells I picked in the bay near my studio
 The book is enclosed with the "broken pottery" also picked in the bay.  This piece is washed  smooth by the sea.  Believe it was a broken pot used by villagers in the bay.
 The art book pages of different color of natural prints, some direct from leaves, some cut from the scraps I printed and glued on the pages.
 Some pages with chiffon, some with organze, some with knitted jersey.
 The rose leaves with iron mordant on knitted jersey are strong while the direct print on the right paper is not the same.
 Paper dyed in logwood pot thus purple.
 Different papers with assorted prints

 This page with a dried leaf and euc print on silk
 Page with dried leaf, prints on silk and paper
 Art book of assorted prints with some blank pages for writing
 A page with cats silhouette
 A page with rose leaves on a music sheet - The Jubilee Song"
 I took shots in the same bay where I picked the broken pottery and the sea shells.
 I listened to the echo of wave
 This is my artbook - "Rhythm of the Ocean".

Monday, May 11, 2015

Blue and purple from the same green leaves 同一種葉的綠、藍、紫印染

 Purple tone from the same green leaves........
 I made the imprints from the same green leaves to purple in my lazy way........

 Traditional indigo blue from sorts of plants like Strobilantes by making vat but I only have some leaves barely for imprints.
 Two years ago I was fortunate to be invited to join the French expert  Michel Garcia's workshop in Hong Kong (last post). The indigo blue vat was made from the local Strobilantes,  the exact name I can't recall.  After the event the farm owner was so kind to give me a small plant to grow.
Now it's thriving and I've been doing experiments for a few times in the non-traditional way.
兩年前參與法國專家 Michel Garcia 的天然植物染後 (當日網誌), 綠田園農莊給我的馬藍已很茁壯生長, 不時我會做些簡單試驗, 近日以加熱移印法做出紫色調是我的新嘗試 .
 This is the species of Strobilantes.  If anyone knows the exact name I'm glad to know.
 Usually I only do fermentation then soak the fabric for sometime to get the greenish blue
 Sometimes do pounding for the marks on cotton.
 This day hit my mind to try boiling, to my surprise I got pink-purple.
Here're the "Before & After" images of the two printed fabrics.
 I washed with soap immediately, no color change, no breeding.  The same strong.

The dark prints are leaves direct on fabric while the pale from mirror prints,.  Both are bold.
 Even the overlapped prints are quite impressive
 The two pieces are silk

 This is the mirror print
 Just wrap for a look
 The other piece I made it into a blouse
 Simply two waist lines and waist tie for the easy styles

Two pieces of purple shades botanical imprints from Strobilantes

Strobilantes are magic plant for me.  I don't have much to make the indigo vat, I just take a few leaves to print, I'm lazy but content with the outcome.
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