I was away for a week in Taiwan for the interaction with artist friends Mary and Meg. We tried lots of the local plants and I got inspired with one of the flowers - the flame Gold-rain (flamegold). I got home with plate full ideas and done some prints with my local source. Sounds Mogi approves......
Prints of my own grown Indigofera tinctoria
Combination with climbing plants, eucalyptus and flamegold pods.
The pods of flamegold printed with iron and tannin ave different looks.
Mirror prints of the layout
I was so pleased my friend Mary invited me to have a private teaching of natural prints together with Meg. Three of us spent the whole week together for printing experiments. We have done not only fabric prints, but also paper prints, indigo dye, hiking and biking. My week was fabulous just started from landing in Taichung........
From my area Hong Kong to Taichung is only 1.5 hours flight
Mary is a brilliant artist/ musician/ textile lecturer. Her house is very artistic with cozy ambiance. I just love all those beautiful vats and got inspired for my creation.
Impressive blooming of Flame Gold-rain flowers
Just outside the studio was greenery of paddies
Three of us in a leisure mood for creation. Below are the first batch of prints with purple grey background.
We used mostly the cellulose fabrics. The first outcome was quite good.
I done some testing of dyes and prints with the round vat inspiration
These two are my favourite outcome
After the purple grey background we tried the brown one with other mordant technique
The last one is prints with clear background
I personally like the outcome of Flame Gold-rain pods. That's what I wanted to do some when I got home. The prints on handmade papers are interesting.
I have the opportunity to view Mary's installation nearby and Meg's decorative painting in town.
A morning hiking with friends was pleasant in autumn with fruits ripening
Bright color of persimmon is awesome
Our way along the paddy called "forget the worries" was truly peaceful
Biking was short due to rain but already a good experience
Safe back and anticipating to do more in the next visit
Last day, a glimse of a decent shop of jewellery owned by Mary's friend.
The decoration of the dried "Flamegold" pods was so beautiful
Last moment in Mary's house with a play to say goodbye.
Thank you for Mary's invitation and Meg's particiation we trios have a great week of get together. Also thank you so much for the many gifts Mary and Meg gave me. I treasure and use them wisely.
One of the gifts was the handmade soap Mary made. I sewed the little pouch with my naturel printed scraps as gift set that can be used as rubbing.