Thursday, September 29, 2016

Dress of contact prints with leaves 裙上的葉子印染

 A dress I made with the leaf prints done in Spain "Textile con Alma" workshop. Just like the shape of geranium leaf and the ground control skill learnt from Irit Dulman.
在西班牙的實習布料隨手取兩片做了一件秋日裙子, 簡約葉印及剪裁, 就是這麼一件天竺葵葉與胡桃葉子製作.

 I recalled the mornings I walked up the lane leading to the village Azana where the workshop held.  The lane lined with pretty flowers and the impressive geranium.

 I picked a few for the contact prints samples making in the workshop. Such bold and clear prints of the geranium on silk.
 I've been doing experiments on assorted fabrics with different techniques thus lots of samples made. Just grab a piece to make something.........
 The panels were just right to make a dress.  With Revital Avidar's raglan pattern I cut and sewed the dress.

Geranium and walnut leaves on the front and sleeve

While the back is with random prints and both sides with viscose cotton of same tone dyed in tree barks.

 It's interesting and fun to explore natural prints. Irit Dulman is awesome for the skills. Her facebook page may have workshop schedules. 

  I also like Revital's pattern of raglan dress. It's simple and easy to make. Don't have to sew zipper, no button and easy pulling in.

My simple dress for the breezy autumn on any occassions.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Eco-printing workshop 植物印染工作坊

 Invited by a community project leader, we've a workshop of natural printing organised in Sep.  The 2-day workshop started with the intro from basic to the delicate printing techniques.  With some rusty nails, vinegar and water we made the iron solution then fun going on......
 Lots of laughs and fun filled in the spacious studio.

 My impromtus demo in the workshop

 Student's composition with various plants

 The two-in-one sample to make prints on mordant cotton and linen.

First session with soft prints on chiffon and skills of tie dyes

 Mirror prints on silk

 Rose leaf and euc silver dollar are never wrong on silk

 Prints on mordant cotton

 Assorted euc and sumac with mordant technique for the different outcome

 Shades of euc silver dollar with iron and alum mordant

 The most impressive for me is prints of sumac on this linen napkin. Just love the shades.

The organiser "2-Woo" is energetic, humous and creative.
The first time she encountered this sort of botanical imprints she already done beautiful prints on her used garments with artistic outcome.
The gown with soft yellow tone of alum mordant
The fall looks of prints on linen, cotton, silk and chiffon with different mordant.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Natural prints tutorial 天然印染教材

 A DIY purse simply with leaves gathered in my area and printed on both sides with different contact prints skills. Here my cat Mogi shows this side.

 Fabric of the purse is woollen and strap is cotton with iron prints. 

 Woollen given by Nicola Brown.  It's so soft and prints so well.  No wonder Mogi likes it as pillow.

 Layout with euc,  Lagerstroemia Indica, casaurina and cones to make shades.Then bundle boiled for an hour and plants pigments released on fabric

Whichever you call it, my contact prints or natural prints are all from natural resources. With my step by step tutorial started with mordants making it's easy to create unique fabric art with shades and variations.
The instant download pdf tutorial is available in my ETSY shop, English version and Russian version.

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