Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Lovely students' works 多棒的學生製作

For the last couple of days I have two students Kylee and May coming for private session of natural prints on silk and leather. Some of the works done as above.
 I teach eco printing of fabric very often but for the first time I taught natural botanical imprints on leather.  It's good to know some of my students like to do more experiments on fabrics and leather now.
Kylee came to explore our local plants thus I asked her to join my Sat cycling team while doing plants study.
We started the riding in the rural

We're into a sunflower garden along the stream

 Our team member Herman is a photographer who took us beautiful shots
It's a sunny day in the sunflower field
Good biking with lots plants got along

Our captain is so kind to show us the scenic route.  Kylee was very impressed with our team.

 Next day we're doing eco prints with the plants gathered
 Kylee placed the plants for her first piece of experiment
 The plant Kylee got prints well
A silk scarf with shades of leaves
 Kylee likes it and I'm glad too.
 The following day I have a private teaching of leather prints.  
My student May started the cutting of sheep leather into a few swatches to try.
 Mogi is always so curious
 Leather prints and fabric prints making is a bit different. We do small piece to see how the plants react.  Some of the plants I got from rural and florist.  May also brought from her house the delicate leaves.  The prints on leather are bold and strong.
 The flower I love most
 Colors are fabulous.  Leather is so soft.

 Another piece of sheep leather with logwood dyes
 If you see closely you will notice the prints on different side of the leather with various textures

Thank my students Kylee and May you made wonderful prints

Indeed it's my first time I taught natural prints on leather.  As I can manage now I have also a pdf instant download leather prints tutorial in my ETSY or just click this link to view more.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Good match leather prints 找到了我的皮革天然印染

 A good find, really perfect match I found finally.
I tried many times natural printing on leather, this is the best lamb skin I've ever sourced.  Last week when I passed by a street stall I found the very soft lamb skin, good price, good quality and so soft after steaming.
最近終於找到很好的羊仔皮做天然植物印染, 也是終日沈醉的研究, 踏車時撿拾或朋友給予的花花草草共冶爐, 烙印著天然的植物色素, 製作了好幾個包包, 自己都滿意, 有點愛不釋手呢.
The size is the whole piece of a small lamb.
 I'm really into leather prints.  These days I have been doing with assorted plants particularly love the flower prints.  I like to print on the down size (not the smooth surface) as outcome looks much better. 
Photos below speak themselves........
 Cosmos printed from yellow to red
Gerbera and nandina
 Lemmon marigold, willow and cosmo
 Hibiscus I love most, delicate and vivid.
Hibiscus tiliaceus


 Sometimes I use flowers of home grown or from friends' garden.
 Sometimes I pick windfalls while biking
This is purple but prints no colour yet shape is pretty.

Today I went biking with the lambskin prints for shooting.  It's soft as a towel.
 I've made a few pouches with the swatches.

I'm crazy now!  Almost every day doing experiments after I found the good material.  Fun to play and share.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Week of eco printing 一周豐盛的植物印染

This is a week of eco printing we got inspired.  Two students came for private tutelage.  We done from basic to advanced.  From silk to cellulose fabrics as well paper prints. As usual I got some plants and flowers on my bike rides.  Now is summer for some kinds of flowers.  I grasped the blooming and done some experiments.  Indeed there're lots of weeds around are printable with the mordant techniques learnt from Irit Dulman.  
又是一周的忙著私人個別教學, 兩位不同日子到來學習不一樣技巧的學生, 從基本簡易的絲綢而至不同纖維布料媒染處理的植物印染, 花卉草葉烙印在紙張上呈現的天然美. 就是這幾天製作成果..
 Student May who has artistic visual on delicate placement.
Photos below speak themselves.......

May has lots of plants in her rural house so she brought lots to try.
Anticipating unwrapping..... no matter what comes is surprising.
Open it and shake off the leaves...... here comes after dry....
This is knitted jersey drapes well.
Placement of plants like flowing movement.
All come from natural pigments of leaves, weeds and flowers.  Even the weeds without pigment the white resist prints are just icing on the cake.

We've done different fabrics like cotton, linen, rayon, canvas......all works,

This piece with all kinds of plants mostly from May's house. 
 Such a nice sample prints for future reference.  
 Video of fabric prints done
   Pile of assorted cellulose fabrics of different prints done in two days.

Not only fabric prints I shared but also eco paper printing.
Before playing prints I showed my samples.
Flowers got on biking and tested on different sorts of papers. 

Mogi's paw stamp approved then we started the paper prints.
Stack of assorted papers sandwiched with plants boiled for an hour.   

Yellow, blue, red or even shapes are that natural.

This is handmade paper from reed grass May done and printed.

Prints on different kinds of papers
Touch of love of the all purposes greeting cards.
This is video of paper prints making

The other day tutelage for student Christine who's new to eco printing.  The basic printing skill of making shades and shapes is interesting.
A piece of silk scarf of assorted leaves and flowers done in 3 hours.  Christine is pleased with the scarf and quite interested to move on to explore more. 
I'm happy that now we have more local students want to explore the bounty of nature.
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