Monday, March 30, 2015

Assorted imprints from plants 植物移印染色調

Since I encountered botanical imprints, I wanted red, that's easy from eucalyptus.
 After red and green, I want brown, yellow and dark shades.  With iron mordant I got the limonium (彩星) dark prints.

Then I made some yellow from onion skins with alum mordant

 With iron mordant to bring out the dark shades of limonium

Always excited moments to unwrap after 1.5 hours boiling

 The Before and After

 I've done another piece with limonium and a sort of unknown bush which gives a bit khaki (right image)

The unknown bush I picked on my hiking. Know it's a kind of plant for ointment but no sure the name.
The cat silhouette from onion skin

 Fun to play with assorted leaves for some colors.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Shanghai teaching environment (3) 上海教學周邊景致

Just a few days ago I was in the brilliant ancient town in China for the teaching of these  botanical imprinted and nuno felt scarfs done by my talented students.
My last posts here and there for the mention. 
上海之行, 教學環境之優美與學生的聰敏在幾日間做出這些漂亮製作. 而我也在空檔舊地重遊, 此行是春天, 花香處處, 小橋流水, 給我不一樣的教學與旅遊體驗.
Thank you for the participants making my exceptional teaching in China and I'm impressed with the nearby environments.
The workshops venue was a stone throw from this little water village, I was able to stroll along on my arrival to capture some shots.

 The old man was putting some vegetable for sun drying
 Tranquil canal with boat and bridge
 Bamboo and the ancient tile roof by the pond

Bridge over peaceful canal
 Little plum flowers
Canola flowers

White big flowers and .........
tiny purple flowers....... Oh, I've no idea of what kind of these flowers are .  They're simply sign of spring has sprung here in China

Houses amid canola field.
This is the little village next to the workshop venue.  Just a few minutes strolling to see it.

The workshops were held in such brilliant and quaint village

We're able to walk around,.......
....... with healthy and variety of 3 meals a day.....
enjoy Chinese tea in the break.....
and western cakes at night

All such arrangements lined up by brilliant textile expert Edith Cheung

I'm back home with intangible experience and the lovely gifts by students and the organizer. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Teaching in Shanghai - Wool felt (2) 上海羊毛工藝教學

The second session of my teaching in Shanghai Jinze Arts Centre was wool felt / nuno felt. They made nuno felt scarfs, ring flowers and phone pouches with the techniques learnt.
上海金澤工藝館的教學第二、三天是羊毛混纖薄纱及羊毛小包包製作, 各學員運用掌握到的技巧製作大小不同的圍巾及別緻的指環花.  大部份學員都是初接觸濕氈製作,  對其可塑性深感興趣, 相信此後他們會發掘更多羊毛創意.
 After my sample demo for the nuno felt texture effect, they're going to do their own layering.
 This piece mixed with fleece of wild yak on the collar
 A large piece for installation art piece
Making a small piece of iPhone case
 After the workshop, session of critique of each piece of eco prints and wool felts.
 Way to learn from each other
 The pasture or the ocean theme

 The blue maple with ruffled edges
 The black wrap with raw fleece of wild yak

 The flat nuno and the textural scarf

Students were so pleased to find the versatility of wool, they worked till night. A retreat of making flower rings.

 I made a rug with fleece of wild yak and found it so soft.
Next blog will the the beautiful scenery around the venue.

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