Saturday, May 26, 2018

Making of natural dyed tunic sets 天然植物印染襯衣製作

This is an easy piece slip tunic set.  The base is just cut two, front and back then lined armholes and neckline.  Actually I printed and dyed this chiffon last year but in stash long as don't know what to do with such light and thin silk chiffon. Also it's not my fav since not red as I wanted.  Until weeks ago I took it out for the cutting to go with other experiment panels.  Intended to make it flowing,  another tunic of panels goes for layered style.
Now is May but we're in Hong Kong already into summer.
That day I went to the beach near my studio for the shots. Walking in the hot sands but still cool with the light wear.

This is how the prints placed. Mainly of eucalyptus, rose leaf and mandarin leaf. Grey is reaction of tannin and iron.
I made the outer one with open panels so as to see the prints of the inside layer.
I wanted the basic layer goes well with other outfits.  Thus I sewed another outfit with my fav lemmon marigolds prints.

Front panels are actually mirror prints of left and right.  Just don't want it looks parallel, I sewed one upside down.

Prints more focus on the sleeves. Left photo is alum mordant fabric while the other is madder dyed with tied onion skin prints.
Silk prints of iron mordant and alum mordant with different shades
For the making of onion prints I wrapped the skins with fabric and tied with parchment paper.   All my prints of these sets boiled not more than an hour.
The set is light and what I want in this summer.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Natural prints on knit silk with windfalls 落葉的印染

This prints on knit silk with those leaves collected on biking.   Prints mainly of eucalyptus and lemmon marigolds leaves.
Last week I went to the suburb just wanted to get some windfalls. It's a leisure ride so I was in light outfit of my own prints.  The fallen eucalyptus buds are perfect for my experiments.  
Home with handful windfalls and done on knit silk with alum and tannin mordant.  I made double (mirror) prints, one with alum mordant, one with iron mordant so as for two shades of outcome.
Prints of eucalyptus buds with iron mordant 

"Before & After" of one placement for two prints in one go. 
Iron mordant print is khaki and alum mordant is golden yellow.
Two pieces of knit silk of the same plants with different tones done in one go.
This heavy knit silk drapes nicely.
It's such a good experiment on this sort of knit silk.
Technique of this mordant prints learnt from Irit Dulman two years ago.  Just love how variety we can do with such skills.
I gave this silver grey one to a friend who went with me for the biking.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Eco printed slow fashion 慢活天然印染時裝

More is more, less is less.....
Usually I like "less is more" but this eco printed outfit is made with fabulous prints from my newly fond lemmon marigolds.  Can't help to do experiments with different placement of that plant.
Have done lots of the panel prints and needs to make use of them.  Some had been sewed into tote bags
This one with assorted plants (flowers, leaves, ferns) but mainly with the yellow lemmon marigolds I just sewed into the long outfit.
 From the video you will see my "slow fashion" of the outfits made with the leaves prints.  It was a fine weekday afternoon I went to Tai Mo Shan, our highest mountain for the shooting. I love the area as the plants were from the village down in the mountain. 
 This outfit with organza sleeves for the "see-through" effect and the prints on wool blend front is solid.
 Sounds Mogi loves the golden yellow prints more.
The flowers are crown daisy

Red from madder dye
Sleeves and back are silk organza, front is silk georgette
 "Before & After" of the prints
Gray shade from tannin mordant
Pattern of the outfit I learnt from Revital Avidar.  The basic design is a pull over dress.  I modified it for the open front and ruffled collar of viscose dyed in cochinael.
A light outfit of different fabric and prints
I'm here among the undulating mountains.  I wanted to see further and do more experiments with natural prints.  Sky is the limit. 

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