Saturday, August 11, 2018

The sky the limit inspiration創意無邊際

The sky the limit. Riding makes me relax and creative. Sometimes being alone is enjoyable, particularly in the area I like to explore.....for my work or leisure.
Today is not energetic ride.  I'm in own natural printed dress riding in the suburb just to get inspiration. It's extremely hot and sunny these days but in a dress feeling breezy.
After an hour, back to studio. Lay back......looking at the footwear I painted the cats and rounded with my wool felt flower brooch sprayed with mosquito repellent. Isn'ts chic?!
Remember the flower prints done before? Windfalls picked on riding.....
Now made into a cushion
A step out of the studio is field with plantation with banana, papaya, sugar cane, okra......
Reading a book by our renowned fashion designer/columnist William Tang (鄧達智)about the stunning area is such pleasant.
Looking up......the ripening pomegranate 
crispy green/yellowish star fruit
This is where I found more creative with handy resources. 
I'm home with handful of banana leaves and other plants collected.
Just wanted to try the banana leaves as resist laid under the fabric.
Put assorted plants over the silk cotton blend (60/40)
Roll it up
Blend it and put into a sewed bag
Pull the string to tire it
Put on the tray steam for an hour
Open it with nice prints on fabric....hmmmmm .......pleasant smell of the steamed banana leaf. The leaves can be reused for another two more times or till broken.
How it looks? The images speak themselves.......
With banana leaves resist the background of  white prints tended a bit greenish yellow and  stop "breeding or ghost". It works for me though have to test colourfast.
I'm pleased with the resist for the prints, technique learnt from Irit Dulman

I tried a few big leaves such as papaya, taro and okra but banana is the best.
Taro and papaya are not reusable, once is broken.

Prints with okra as resist also with greenish background. 
The back and front comparison seems no different.
I reused the banana leaves for another round. This is crepe de chine (CdC silk) without any mordant. Just a few mixed onion skins with some alum soaked and the frozen strobilantes leaves then covered by iron soaked cotton fabric.
Roll up and steam for 45 min.
Second time use of banana resist is more clean with less greenish.
This is how my week passed with biking inspiration.
Love this bike, love the village.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Biking creation 創作騎行路

Biking and creation are related to me.  Yes, my outdoor activities are always connected with nature and inspiration.
  A day out riding on the routes I usually do hiking with a team but today I went with a biking group on Lantau Island.   
我的戶外活動總離不開大自然與創作, 是日與友騎行大嶼山石門甲 , 那行徑我往日袛遠足而上, 騎著單車遊走山腰溪澗別有樂趣, 尾段自行在灣頭穿遊撿拾落花, 滿手回家又一片花印.
I rented the bike from Sunny Bike Shop 
 Started my way to meet the group at the station.......
Six of us heading to the rural where we usually do hiking but with a bike on the slope is easy.
They're the core members of the team.
The trail leading to Lantau Peak, the second highest mountain in Hong Kong.

 We just explored at the hill foot...
then a visit to the Tung Chung Fort
Fort with heritage building on the island
With the group we ended riding and swimming in the stream

Before returning the bike to the shop I went on my own to see more after rain......
The ancient trail lined with plantation and stunning views.....
How can I resist the flowers ...... on the ground...

 blue skies now..... riding under the eucalyptus with a pleasant fragrance........
 Over there is the airport and cable cars up to the mountain - Lantau Peak
Tung Chung is newly developed from a fishing village to a town in the recent 20 years.  A few old villages and bays are still there.
 Tranquility in the bay ...
but a shame for this virtueless

 time to go....any finds ?

and my way back home with lots to do....
 some hibiscus tiliaceus, lagerstroemia speciosa and the windfalls of eucalyptus on wool flannel.....
Prints on the fabric after an hour steaming
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