Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My cat approved my works 貓兒也愛我的印染

Even my cat Mogi approved my plant prints ! This is another trial on maple leaves eco-print. The prints look soft and the string marks are good. I'm quite satisfy with this so far. 這也算是一次滿意的楓葉印染, 我的貓兒也喜愛呢 !

Since keen on plant prints these months, whenever I've chances I'd take note on leaves in the brushes. Last Sun I went to friends house on Lantau island for an occassion and walked in the brush. In June I'd a posts about the village. In summer there're lots of cows but now I can't see a single one. 星期日去了大嶼 山水口村朋友家聚舊, 在他們村子山徑漫步遠眺, 朋友村子群山擁抱, 沙灘優美, 我在路邊喜見紅黃秋楓葉, 正是我要再做實驗的好時機. 這是昨日"解封" 的印染絲巾,

My friends live on the foothill of the mountain. On the front right is their house. 友人的屋子就在右方.

A path leading to the beach. 另一方是淺灘.

It's winter, so quiet.

On low tides people like to dig clams in the sandbar. 夏日潮退時很多人在灘上掘蜆, 村民及環保人士不大讚同的活動, 因為濫掘蜆子很快會減少, 影響生態.

This is a small village of new and old houses with only about 200 people. 祗有200 多村民的i村子, 房子新舊交錯.

A typical house of our friend facing the lushes.

One of the old houses.

A path to the campsite.

The bridge built by British Gurkha engineers in 1985.

We walked up to the pavilion.

So delighted to have found the maples. Don't know if it's wild or not. I picked a few fresh leaves on the road.紅葉片片, 我怎能抭拒做些印染試驗 !!?? Back to friends house we'd a fabulous seafood BBQ with a good champagne to mark an occassion.
遊畢山徑, 回到朋友家享受美味的海鮮BBQ

I back home at 10pm and immediately wrapped the leaves. Steamed for 20-min and left in a thermo pot for 72 hrs, in between brought it to boil for twice. This challenged my patience to wait for so long. I unwrapped it yesterday and found the marks are clear and the ends with string marks are sharp. James' advice for boiling in water with little iron helps.回到家門已是晚上10點了, 我急不及待, 扎好葉子做環保印染. 真要考驗我的耐性. 一向我很心急, 這回也得等了72小時才解封. 時間是好的証明, 果然效果顯著.

At the same time I put a few other leaves on the formerly printed silk with eucalyptus leaves (the left one, they're orange and bright). The marks are good though not quite shape. I don't know what sort of leaves they're.

The silk scarves look soft and subtle. 看來不錯的柔和色調

Mogi found it yummy !! 不是靚到可以吃吧 ?

This naught boy grasped my silk. I wanna to bite his short and fluffy hands !!

這可愛的傢伙, 那雙小毛手可愛得我要咬一口 !!


  1. This is beautiful Terrie, your prints and i love your cat.

  2. Great job, Terriea. The trident maple leaves look awesome. You can also print with dried leaves that you pick up. You just need to soak them a little in warm liquid first to soften them some before rolling. You may use iron water to soak them in or soy milk thinned with warm water. The small green leaves looked kind of like the tallow tree leaves. These usually print better if near dry when gathered or let them wilt if fresh..This is a very successful piece though. You've come a long way. The lovely print from the combination of euca and the small green leaves looks almost like a view of flowers.

  3. all your results turned out great. i just love the silk scarves.

  4. So beautiful as always!! Terrie, I just received your fabulous book in the mail yesterday!! It is so wonderful and I can't thank you enough... I'm going to be doing a post about it very soon! You are the sweetest!! :)))

  5. oh my gosh this is beautiful and so is mogli. The area that you visited is lovely , so luch and green, I would love to waqlk on that beach.
    You are so creative with your choice of leaves and very patient as well, the end results are magical!

  6. Your scarves are beautiful Terrie and the pictures of Mogi are so cute. It sounds like you had a great time visiting your friends.
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. Thanks so much for your message Terrie. Your Mogi is SO beautiful, I'm so sorry he is on his own now. I wish I could come over there and cuddle him, he's gorgeous, even if he is lying on your work! Your leaf print has worked so well. I now have so little time to develop my work but I am planning to learn about dyeing next year and I have bought some natural dyes.
    I do hope you have a very Happy Christmas, xx

  8. Thank you all my dear friends. Plant printing is a great fun and eco-friendly. Sometimes we get pretty marks sometimes draunting but we can do again with it and the outcome would be another look. Fun to share this. James (Dip and Stain) your advices are very valuable. I will do other experiments with your method again soon.

  9. Terrie--These latest scarves are wonderful!! I especially love the string marks for some reason?!?!
    You are becoming a master eco-dyer with all of your experimentation!!

    Have a wonderful holiday season and a creative and healthy 2012!!

  10. Lovely mix of foreign country/culture and natural dyeing. Love the colours on your maple printed fabric!

  11. Terrie your maple leaf dyeing is so beautiful! I love how subtle it is..

    Deborah x
    p.s. the barbeque looks delicious!

  12. Beautiful photos and I love seeing the beach. It's so cold here right now! Your leaf prints are wonderful! What a creative idea. Beautiful kitty, too!
    Hugs, Cindy

  13. lovely post! and wow what an effect these leaves have. I should dive into this dyeing matter soon too.

  14. Beautiful Terrie!!! what a cute cat


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