Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The new plants prints incredible 奇妙的植物印染

 I'm really into natural botanical imprints, particular the bold prints of this yellow flower and leaf marks. Three weeks ago the garden owner Miss F gave me such plants I've been doing lots panels experiments.  I have to find out the exact plant name to do some research.
Know there're some in the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) so I went there to get the name and see what others inspire me.

KFBG is located in the northern slope of Tai Mo Shan in Hong Kong with serene surrounding of beautiful forest and mountain.  My last time there was 2012  with French natural dye expert Michel Garcia for the workshop (last post)
KFBG was established in 1956 with mission to raise awareness of ecological and sustainability issues and base for Kadoorie Agricultural Aid Association (KAAA)

It's a rainy day so just a short visit to see the farm of vegetable and the Art House 
Caught my sight was already the bush of this yellow flowers with very pleasant fragrance.  I asked the staff and got the name of the plant it's Tagetes tenuifolia Lemmon Marigold (芬芳萬壽菊)
I walked into the Art House.  It's open free for visitors to get inspired with nature related art and handicrafts.
 The Collaborative Art - "Nature's Weavers"  is being held.  Visitors are free to get involved to create a giant woven artwork with provided yarns.
 My aim of visiting was to see the flowers so I made a little orange flower looks like marigold.
There's some other creations by visitors they used the materials from the farm.  Very creative and pretty.

All of nature related displays of harmony
 How great I know the plant is Lemmon marigold.  Flowers and leaves are good for prints.  Leaves are good for tea and ediable.  
The recent prints on small pieces of silk and linen were done.
I like to make use of the prints. This one is sewed into a tote bag with Mogi's helping hand.
A tote bag I like but as a "thank you" gift I gave it to Ms F's sister as she's so nice to give me such beautiful plants for my exploration.

 With those Lemmon marigold leaves and the crown daisy from Ms F I printed on linen and silk. The linen piece was sewed into a clutch.
  "Before & After" of prints on silk 
 This is linen
Also prints on linen
My visit was in a hurry but I must be back again soon to see more and up to the mountain for hiking.
 I will do more prints with this plant. I am going to plant my own and do a series of natural prints.   Next I will show the fashion with such amazing prints.


  1. Yes, that plant does offer you a lot of possibilities, doesn't it!

  2. Those prints are all gorgeous Terri, I love the yellow ones. Dawn

    1. I really do love this yellow prints and will do some different shades on different fabrics.

  3. I compliment you because you make beautiful works and you have a great sense of aesthetics. I wanted to ask you where do you buy silk, especially silk jersey? I find it very difficult to find it in Italy.
    Thank you

    1. Thank you Tiziana. I always buy fabrics locally in a shop here in Hong Kong.


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