Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Nuno felt "earthy" purse 羊毛混纖包包

The "earthy tone" purse I made with nuno felt skill.
Textures of the flap is a silk fabric with natural prints. 
以一塊不甚漂亮的植物印染實驗布料作為這個羊毛混纖包包, 這「泥土味」質感總算有點特別吧!
Indeed the swatch of eco prints I done with some leaves was not quite good to my expectation (the left image).  Then I overprinted it with some more leaves with a rusty iron pipe.  After an hour boiling....... OMG, it's even worse, very muddy (the right image). 

To make use of it I tried to do a nuno felt purse with the swatch in order to have the textures on the flap.
But...... the darker prints with much iron do not felt well.  Thought the fabric was too much oxidized  with iron ?  No idea.  Experts may tell me why.
 I've to do a few stitches to fix the dark prints. 
Almost finished but with the closure......
I attached my handmade ceramic buttons. 
A purse flap with the "earthy textures" on the surface and the "coblestone" on the other side. 
I stitched the loops on both sides for a detachable long strap.
The earthy clutch.....
......with the same tone iron dyed strap.......

make it a cross shoulder purse.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Nuno felt eco printed blouse - 羊毛混纖襯衣

 This eco printed blouse is simply made with nuno felt on shoulders and neck.
 I first done the prints on a silk fabric with leaves of sumac, mandarin and euc but I was too bored with outcome.
 Found it no harm to dye in logwood pot with little bit iron
 This image is the "Before and After".  The right pic is dark shade after logwood dyed.
 Well, not quite good but an experiment. I simply made it two-folded and done with nuno felt on shoulders and extended the "turtle neck"  with wool.  The waist lines are hand stitched.
 In two hours Mogi kept my company......
It's done with his approval
 Intended to make the neck styles "fold-in" or "fold-out", just insert the collar inside to make the neckline.
                         Close up of the prints.  Looks "wore out"?

 The two styles of the neckline

Anyway a new color scheme of my eco print wearable.  

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Journey being artisan 手作旅人

The batch of art journals telling stories....... First from the hands of the creator ....... then to the hands of the owners ......
I can tell the stories of being artisan of the art books. If I was asked what I'm most passionate about lately.  Thought the answer is the art journals making. From wool felt, nuno felt, eco dye, botanical imprints, paper prints, ceramic making to book binding.....  In a nutshell a book tells all what I'm doing.  
每一本手作美術小本訴說一段故事,可以是旅人日誌, 可以是生活小記,從開始製作已概括我近來醉心的興趣  - 天然植物印染、羊毛氈手工、陶瓷....以至小本釘裝,正正是我的一段創作歷程開端。

I must say two persons, Ruta and James are the ones inspired my making of the art journals. Few years ago Ruta, a blogger from Lithuania was so kind to send me a beautiful wool felt covered notebook.  From then on I felt in love of wool felted book covers.  Then I stumbled into a blog Dip and Stains of paper prints. Jim Dennisons' wealth of botanic knowledge and his paper prints are wonderful.  He's so kind to share his knowledge.
From making one book to two.......
then a few more........ 
I walked through my journey of making.  My previous post mentioned it.
I used some swatches of my eco prints for the cover.  
Papers are discarded file index from my nice friend. My previous post of paper prints here.
Most leaves were from my area and a few from friends. The big castor oil is a good keepsake for myself from Israel last year.

This is the beach near my studio. I like to take shots listening to the rhythm of wave....... times with the flapping sound
Cover of swatch I printed with two species of euc and mandarin leaves .
Purple from logwood dye
Each book with 7-8 signatures, each with a set of paper prints and other blank pages for writing.
Set of five
Complete set enclosed with my handmade ceramic button.

One of the pages with Hibiscus, that's the tree the book rests on.
A leaf after pigment given on the paper still on the front page, tied by a Teeswater fleece dyed in Irit's class in California.
Prints with iron mordant thus have outlines and shades

These are castor oil leaves on cotton from Israel.  Very bold prints with iron.

This page with printed fabric and dried euc as well the onion dyed fleece
Nuno felted cover of textural surface with dyed chiffon

Oak leaf from the US
Swatches with euc silver dollar, red is good to show off

The dried Hibiscus gives bold prints, much better than green ones.
I enjoy my journey of making and adore own creation

Each of unique and touch of love. Though I do not want to part with either, they're going to be a giveaway on special occasions.

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