Sunday, January 7, 2018

Nature inspired creation 大自然之創作

I always said my creations are inspired by nature.  Yes this piece just done after my first  2018 hiking.
  好友們知我創作源自大自然的戶外活動,單車騎行及遠足有志同道合者更是樂趣,元旦日單車環香港島展開2018年的遊山玩水,隨之周五的第一個遠足走上梧桐寨,在山溪瀑布間見蔟蔟野生馬藍,告知友人此乃藍靛染的藍草,年前法國大師Michel Garcia在港示範 (這當日網誌) ,我幸得一株馬藍苗在家種植至今。行畢大帽山,回家馬上再作這植物印及加點羊毛做了此輕巧圍巾。等著圍巾主人啊⋯⋯
Friends know me well that biking and hiking are my favourite sports.  With two wheels and legs in our nature I get inspired for my fibre creations.  On the New Year day I joined a  biking team for island ride winding up the twist road with traffic.  we started in the Central Pier along the harbor to the east then to the beach in south.  Almost a day riding with the team was fantastic and challenging.

We stopped in Stanley for lunch and spent an hour in the area.  In the far end of the picture is where my studio located.  This is the place I know well.
The Stanley market is a must for foreign visitors.  We have a colorful day there.
The first Friday of 2018 our hiking team started the trail Ng Tung Chai (梧桐寨) from Taipo up to the mountain Tai Mo Shan.
 The trail starts a long, steep and narrow sylvan path uphill. Tough yet not too hard for our energetic team.
The trail is rough with steps up to the mountain and we passing through a few waterfalls and streams.

Along our way I found some strobilantes (馬藍).  I told my friends that's the plant for indigo and the leaves print well too. This kind of indigo plant is typical in Hong Kong particularly in that part of our region.  A few years ago when Michel Garcia was in Hong Kong for the workshop demo (last post) I was lucky to join and got the plant growing in my yard now.

We walked up in the mid of Tai Mo Shan for a panaromic view of Taipo villages and ended with a nice view of the waterfalls in the start of 2018.

My creation in the new year was printing with strobilantes then felting for a piece of scarf. I put a few leaves of strobilantes and eucalyptus for shades of red and purple.  For some like-minded friends I've shown them how to make the purple prints from frozen strobilantes.  Any one who likes to know I am happy send you the PDF file.
I wanted to make a bit textures so merino woo; and raw fleece are added on both ends.
A chiffon scarf is made.
 My 2018 creation just started and many more to come........


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