Saturday, November 30, 2013

Amazing prints 美極了!

Following the first natural imprints workshop on scarfs,  we continued to do on wool. So amazing prints on the 100% wool sweater.

This is how they made it with the method learnt. They laid assorted leaves incl. rose, oak, maple, onion skin.....

Oh, Janice requested if she could have all string marks in the front bottom. Can we? Yes we can do the bundling top down, the sleeves 2nd.

A bundle like this

After hours boiling in the yummy pot......

Wow, OMG......

Very strong, impressive imprints, the euc silver dollar prints on the bottom with string lines are amazing.

Rose leaves on sleeves with shades of purple to dark.

Outline of maple

Shades of silver dollar 

Golden onion, bright euc and tea leaves dots...... so organic.......All made the impressive imprints of these sweaters......  They're not from thrift shops, they're brand new 100% extra fine merino wool, no wonder! Such unique creation!

Thanks ladies. You're amazing!!
I'm very excited for the outcome of this using the method I taught. Who knows this is sleepless for me, in the midnight writing this?

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Canada workshop


These colorful and crispy maple leaves brought me here in Vancouver.

Sunday morning after the long haul from Hong Kong via Tokyo, Seattle....... landed Vancouver and warmly received by Sharon, the host of my natural imprints and wool felt workshops.  

Immediately we done testing on leaves with the way I was going to teach. Prints are good, dried oak leaves with shades and outline.

Shades of euc silver dollar and rose leaves are bold

Next day participants each done three pieces of different materials

Ginny's piece with shades of different leaves

This is what we want

Mixed leaves shades.

Dried maple outline

Euc is always the most eye catching color

Prints of iron dipped maples on cotton are strong

Leaves on papers 

A simple silk scarf closed with wool felt flower brooch

Thanks Rebecca, Sharon, Basha, Ginny and Judith, also Vanitha for my first workshop in Vancouver. Ginny and Basha came the long way from Seattle, Judith from the island. Sharon's studio is perfect with everything in finger tip. She's a great host and talented artists of many aspects. Her paverpol fabric sculptures are amazing.  That's the first time opened my eye of the marvelous craft.  She's so generous to teach me to make a figurine.

The elegant girl I made under her tutorial. I really love it and definitely will do some more when I'm back home.

Sharon's house and studio is cozy, with these two gorgeous cats even make me feel home.

Today I went to downtown Gastown and Waterfront for a walk. 

Landmark of the gas operated tower clock. 
Quite leisure strolling on weekday and weather was not bad as warned. For the coming few days will have wool feltmaking. Anticipate to share such fun and joy with liked-minded.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Well wrapped for my North America trip 整裝待發

Walk walk walk my way....... Upswing for my NA trip. Aware the chilly and snowing days.  I'm well prepared to wrap from head to toe.
為北美之行作好準備, 興奮不單是到加拿大教授我的植物印染技巧與nuno felt 3D手袋製作, 往美國與其他藝術家學習交流是此行重點, 彼岸天氣寒泠, 為此買了靴子, 不夠, 不夠..... 為雙腿保暖, 做對 leg warmer......
I bought the boots.  Thought it's good to have a style to go with leg warmers
A pair of leg warmers made with sorts of wool,  Oh, I can't remember what sorts.  Some finn, some alpaca, some wenslaydale..... They're lovely wool from my Dutch friend Kim.  I love the wool so much and have already made a few vests and bags.   "Wild", just like the curly wild style.
Here's the boots with leg warmers
It's done by nuno felt.  
I simply used my "not so good" natural dyed silk fabric as base, laid wool over it, then the wild curly fleece.  All covered and rubbed, rolled for a while.  A pair is  finished. 

Go wild with vest......
Warm enough we both.  I'm off this Sun,  thrilled for my upcoming workshop to share with like-minded and meeting renowned artists whom I admire so much.......

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Welcome home friends 朋友留下足跡回家去

This week my French friends after two days own exploration, I went with them to the tourist spots, up to the hill and down to the sea.......
 Heading to Central Pier 5 for Cheung Chau (長洲)  by tram ride
Arriving noon in a gloomy day but no harm to our mood.
Where shall we go first?
Down an alley to see local life.......
"Peace Bun",  respectful food is typical on the island. 

Visit to the Pak Tai Temple (北帝廟)  built in 1783

Architecture and structure are worth for a visit

Do as the Romans do, to pray for blessing.
Their two sticks of fortune telling are so good and positive.
  Believe it or not, two days after the draw, while we were in Yuen Long at a cross road, a car crashed on the spot where we're just a minute before.  We're lucky to escape the accident, otherwise can't imagine the consequence!
We walked up a hill
"How many steps to climb?"
Aerial view of the island from the hill top
Down in the bay are fishing boats

Dinner by the seashore
After Cheung Chau, next day a ride to Stanley where I've a tiny studio
Some little displays in my studio
They're curious about my ceramic and nuno felt dolls
I got inspired by Brigitte's Provence living. The wall painted lavender and grapevine
The ceramic plate and mugs painted poppies
"Am I good on this nuno felt dress?"

Visit to the grand Tin Hau temple
Prayed the blessing for her friends
After Stanley, next to Repulse Bay

Water, wave, sand..... all Helene loves.....
Final spot to Aberdeen.  Sampans in the busy waterway are famous scene but not quite impressive to them as already been to a few fishing villages or bays.
Statue of fishman

A view to the splendid decoration of the floating restaurant.
Back to town a reciprocal dinner by our French guests

Final heritage walk to a  village in Ping Shan, Yuen Long (元朗屏山)

The Tang Ancestral Hall (鄧氏宗祠) constructed in 1273 is the Tang clan Ancestral Hall. 
The Tang clansmen held a high-ranking position in the Imperial government .
The typical local stall
Happy shopping in a social corporation
After almost 12 days sight seeing, cultural and scenic walks, I wanted them to have a fun and relax day in my house.  I offered my friends a basic natural print experiment.
With assorted leaves laid on silk scarfs and boiled for 2 hours........

Here came the bold, strong and sharp prints

Leaves used are only rose and euc. Outcome with shades that makes the scarfs bright.
   Holiday ended with colorful wraps.  Are you happy gals?

"Capture the nice footprints ........."
"Leave my heart here...... "

We gals have crossed our paths in France years ago, just hope we'll touch base again somewhere sometime.......
Thanks for Brigitte and Helene's visit.  They brought us loads laughs and fun.
Seeing them off  for airport I smiled with tear drops......
So long, au revoir......  safe journey home.
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