Year 2021 is challenging. Blessed still can play plants magic and biking inspired creation. January has started pretty good with private tutelage with designers and artist friends.
Fabric used was silk and silk linen blend that's simple mordant can make impressive prints. We used natural dyes cochinael, lac and logwood for the background shades. Students made the prints with assorted leaves and flowers. Layout and outcome are different and unique.
Opening bundles is exciting. Mind that printouts are not always as anticipated. However we appreciate whatever mother nature gives.
Ferns, flowers, leaves......bounty from nature.
We chatted and discussed how interesting botanical contact printing was. Below is part of the prints mainly with ferns, lemon marigolds, onion skins, hibiscus, eucalyptus, guava, casaurina, cosmos etc. With their aesthetic visual of layout they made the difference.
Our stunning scenery changes by season. Fish ponds dried cracks made nice pattern.
Mural of Chinese painting of farmers old days.
Shrine with blooming plum blossoms, such tranquil view of the village. That also implies lunar new year is around the corner.
That day with lots pretty finds we're home and I immediately done experiments.
For this experiment is own made sappan wood chips dye for red/purple shades. I just soaked the chips overnight then bring to boil and stay in pot till I want to use.
Passion fruit leaves with dyes of sappan wood and fabric mordant in alum that brings yellow reddish.
Tone of purple and pink from cochineal, lac and sappan wood.