June is particularly means to me. The month I was born, the month my son was born. I find many excuses to celebrate in June.........
Last Friday morning before heading to Central, the assembly point for hiking, lots birthday wishes pouring in. Friends' thoughtfulness already made me a day.
We went up The Peak. What a brilliant day with blue skies and rolling clouds !
Up there we can see the further outlying islands, the cargo ships and some boats like ants over the sea. On the way my friend asked how I was up to these days. I said same old just exploring eco printing, wool felting, teaching, managing my web site and answering queries. I said no matter how busy I am I must do biking and hiking. My friend said that's how we should enjoy while we're still doing well physically and it's simple to make own happy. I couldn't agree more. I am also delighted for my new listing of botanical enhanced eco printing tutorial eBook in my ETSY and it sells well since launched in two weeks.
Happiness consists in contentment. Life is happy with creation. I love my teams. Being with them I ride with my legs all over the mountains, trails up and down with nature inspired for my creation. After hiking, biking and celebration with family and friends of my birthday, Again indulged myself in experiments of the seasonal flower Lagerstroemia speciosa.
This is my favorite flower. Now blooming in town and will last for a few months.
Can't resist to pick up some on the ground.
With a few casaurina, eucalyptus, the flowers and the leaves, I played the magic for the prints on cochineal dyed silk.
After an hour boiling the prints come out with mordant.
I'm quite pleased with the flower prints with outline and hue of stamens.
The other piece with marigold, yellow as expected
I made two panels. Here are the "Before & After"
The weekend completed with two pieces of prints that will be made into garment. After it's done hope to show next.
Mogi, "stay tuned for the next post, a printed garment made."
As said June is the month to celebrate thus freebies to giveaway. Last week I posted in my Facebook whoever wants to know my tricks of strobilantes cusia leaf (traditional for indigo vat making 馬藍葉) purple shades natural printing as images I will send them the pdf file of my secret making. For blog followers I am also happy to share with whoever wishes to get it. Just email me firstname.lastname@example.org I will send it out. No commitments, no promotions I just want to make sure I personally have the interaction with like-minded people.