Friday, December 7, 2018

Natural prints and nuno felt 植物印染與羊毛混纖製作

Here in Hong Kong we're into winter, a bit cool now. Grasped a piece of my natural printed swatch,  I made the nuno felt multi-styled vest for a little girl. Without stitches just wool and simple cutting, no waste, the easy piece is made.
12月了,香港總得也是踏入冬天有些冷意。把印有植物尤加利葉子的布料加羊毛混成小背心披肩,這是很輕巧易做的羊毛氈工藝,比之去年在加拿大教學的材料與時間輕快得多,搓搓揉揉二小時完成,這件小衣物可作背心或圍巾,柔軟的𢇁料與羊毛在這冬日送給朋友的五歲小女兒,希望她喜歡。
Last year I taught in Canada,  this was one of the sessions of nuno felt vest making with their natural printed yardage.
For adult size a big piece about two metres wide.
Style of long look.
It's multi-styled, shorter upside down look.

For a 5-year old girl I used a bright print of eucalyptus. Cut the arm holes,  lined with merino wool around then some more wool on the upper and down sides.
Sprayed soapy water and started rubbing then rolling for a while till the wool felt.
It's done. 
Be it a vest or scarf, it's a easy piece garment - a gift for a friend's daughter. Wish she likes it and keeps her warm in the winter.
Compare with adult size, it's easy to finish the wool felt part in two hours.
These days my thoughts still around Israel. Life is slow as snail sometimes busy as a bee.
這些日子閒適的,又想著以色列的印染,取來一片布料車縫重做保溫袋及包包,別緻的,獨特的,就是希歡手作,市塲買的平宜許多 ,但不及我要親手印製,這此就是送給欣賞我手作的朋友,想她也喜歡的。
I retrieved a swatch done in Israel with the wild chrysanthemum and quisqualis indica as well gerumium.  Prints are so nice with appropriate mordant of alum, tannin and iron.
The bag used to be an isothermic pack. I wanted to make it a bit nice. Covered it  with outer and inner fabric and handles.
The upcycled isothermic bag is done
It's neat with the nylon magic tape closure. A brand new isothermic bag is made.

I made two more purses with the printed fabric. 
They're not upmarket product but unique prints and handmade.
I find all is one-of-a-kind, no replicate and not willing to part with but I will give all these to someone who appreciates my work.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Another yellow prints 又見黃花

Since back from Israel last week I was so lazy because of jet lag.  My heart left in Israel and always recalling days playing prints with plants particularly with the yellow flowers.  Now we're into early winter, mountains with blooming wild tithonia.  I grasped a few and made prints on the fabric Irit Dulman gave me two weeks ago.  Having my tea and piece of homemade tart tartin as well dates and macadamia from Israel was so pleasant.
The mug I made for my late mother on her birthday with the theme of a painting of yellow field done by my French friend Brigitter's partner.  All is a good memory of loved ones.
I'm not busy as a bee, I just like biking and pick some wild flowers then play magic.

Layout of various plants on the pre-mordant knit fabric
 
After the heat opening with surprise.......

Purple from hibisus and yellow flower from tithonia 


Clear and clean from hibiscus

White from oxalis and green from leaf of solanum torvum
Before & After of the prints

While the bundle of prints was boiling I made the tart tartin. 
My friend Betty in Israel was so nice to give me some macadamia she grown. I have no cracker but a hammer to open.  It's easy.
Enjoyed afternoon tea with everything of my handmade is such a good feel.
We enjoy our day
Life is simple with Mogi and good to have him showing my piece


Hope you enjoy your day as we do.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Fruitful trip from Israel 豐富的以色列之行

Just back from a fruitful trip to Israel for the workshop ran by master Irit Dulman in the beautiful vineyard in her country.  These are the prints done in those days with different colors and shades, all done with local plants and natural materials.


Color from purple, blue, dark...... and simple to rich prints.....
 Shade of prints and dye
The beautiful vineyard turned color in autumn made such a nice scenery with Irit's dog Sofia aroun.

 The spacious venue with everything well organised.

 Other participants shared with me some pretty flowers
 From the other side of the studio. 
 "Hey, Sofia....."
Prints and dyes in logwood and cochinael.
Wow, a cat around my legs seems I'm so welcome.
 Purple shades after logwood dyed.
 Another two pieces dyed in cochinael and logwood.

Prints from leaves of Melia and Nandina on different fabrics with different outcome

 Nandina prints on linen with some discharge effect.
 "Before & After" of prints on silk
 Healthy lunch of Israeli dishes.  I love soup and salad.

 Cheers mates!
 
 Large pieces made by others in the last two days of the workshop.

 I like so much other mates' prints with assorted leaves.
 
 We worked till sun set - gorgeous view every evening.
 After the workshop I managed to explore in town.  I walked to Jaffa - old port of historic buildings, galleries and alleys of interest.

 Up to a hill for the overview of Tel Aviv
 Another day leisure strolling along Nahalat Benyamin street of local made items and crafts
 While I was in the street admiring the items and a lady in my front, how lovely to bump into her, the Israeli fashion designer Shahaf Shriki whom we known from facebook.
 Colorful spices in Carmel market
  
 The long beach and soft sands in the beach
  Watching waves with toast and coffee
 How about seeing the city with two-wheel?
Yes "Cycling is the best way to travel" as Mike (mikeybikey.co.il) said. 
I joined him for the Mediterranean coastline tour along beaches and to the Yarkon Park.


 A fun and beautiful riding in the sands
Mike recommended me the typical local food - Pita stuffed with filafel.  I love it.

The video of our short riding just a good memory of the day.
 Already 10 days and ready to home from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport
My flight taking off..... goodbye to the beautiful Mediterranean coastal country Israel
 The 9-hour flight with the full moon in the sky and the rising sun in the east.....


I'm back Hong Kong with the newly built linking bridge to China and Macau underneath.
  
Home with lots of pretty prints and of course he - Mogi is the happier one to see me home.
 Thank you for Irit's generous teaching and Betty's kindness for my stay.
I will cherish the moment.

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