Saturday, May 30, 2020

Botanical imprinted leather purses 植物印染皮包包

Another experiment of plants imprints just done. Simply a leather clutch of botanical printing. 
Raw leather printed with plants grasped from my urban yard. Swatches cut into pieces and sewed the purses.
This is layout on leather.


Background pink dye from logwood chips.
After some time of heating, botanical marks and dyes imprinted on leather then mounted to air dry.

Before and after of the leather prints.

Swatches sewed into purses. Size of this is good as cosmetic bag.
Another piece of rectangle size swatch just three-fold made into a clutch.
A simple clutch for little things.


So I’m indulged in experiments and my samples are sometimes made into something practical.

The video is about the making of prints. Hope you get inspired.







Thursday, May 21, 2020

Eco printed scarf-vest

This eco printed silk scarf-vest, I call it multi-styled scarf was originally printed for curtain purpose ordered by a US client but she quoted wrongly the size so I keep it and repurposed it.
一大幅絲質布料灑上片片尤加利葉,百里香果葉及滿滿的自己栽種小黃菊,金黃色系主調的純天然植物印染布料,簡單剪裁成為一欵多穿搭簡約衣飾,可上下倒穿成背心,隨意被搭圍巾,簡單而慢活製作,送給喜愛我天然手工創作的朋友們當知我心意。
Formerly printed two yardages mainly with eucalyptus and passion fruit leaves..
It’s the layout for curtains.
Design mainly of eucalyptus, simply less is more.
When my client regretted for the size she quoted, I’m fine not to charge for the cancellation but I do not want to make another one. Indeed I do not enjoy custom orders as it’s quite a pressure to meet others' expectation. I just like to sell “what you see what you get “ or the techniques of printing. So I added more of own grown yellow daisy to make  the rich prints and modified to another function.
Just cut arm holes and round corners and sewed. Simply an easy scarf-vest made.
The fresh yellow tone with more alum mordant yellow flowers.
A vest upside-down or in & out, or wrap around scarf all in one piece.

The two pieces yardages made into two garments, each as gift for two good friends whom we known for ages since childhood.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Yellow flower eco printed leather and paper小黃花皮革與紙張植物印染


 These days I grasped the blooming of own grown chrysanthemum coronarium to do more experiments, mainly on leather and paper.  In my experience this flower prints so bold and strong on most substrates even with no mordant. Usually I do leather scraps printing. Then make it something functional just like this purse and paper prints on general conquer letter head.
趁著那花期,把弄自己栽種的以色列小黃菊,做了些皮革及紙張印染,製作成小包包及美術小本。踏單車到友人田野採一把紫穌葉及萬壽菊與硫華菊,這星期製作色調鮮明印染,做了皮包包,也釘裝了美術小本。
 
 This video shows the making of leather and paper prints then made into purses and art journal.  Just an idea to inspire.
 Finished and approved by Mogi.
My girl showing it...... 
The day after biking my friend brought me to her field to get some perillae (紫穌葉)folium and  cosmos as well some marigold.


 I love so much this sort of flowers, so bright and cheerful color.
 
Laid out then heated a while ..... 
 Unbundled leather printed with bright flowers and the leaf of perillae folium is striking.
Golden yellow and orange color.......printing from the flowers on suede side of sheep hide.
 Marigold (萬壽菊)was soaked in iron solution overnight.  Purple shade from lac dye.

 Leather purse made with botanical printing.
Size good as cosmetic bag.
 After the printing with perillae folium I took the fresh leftover to make noodle meal.  Noodle in soup with tomato and egg just like the color tone of the printing.  I am pleased.
 
 This is art journal printed with own grown yellow daisy on paper then bound a journal with suede leather printed cover.
  Embellished with wool felt brooch.
 Art journal leather cover printed with cosmos and yellow daisy.
 Purple shade from logwood dye.
 Can't stop making use of the leather prints.  A few art journals were made.
 Printed papers and leather covers all made these diy art journals.
 I like to make such "handmade and unique" art books finished with embellishments, a stone or a broken pottery picked in beach or a brooch with own made ceramic leaf.
 This is only part of the printed leather scraps made into purses.  Can't remember how many pieces I have made but quite a lot. Friends know me well I seldom sell my purses but do give away on special occasions.  Honestly my sewing skill is not that good.  I sell my skills of eco printing, sometimes teach in workshops.  For the basic eco printing on animal protein substrates and papers I have instant download pdf tutorials in ETSY.  Here's tutorial for fabrics and paper  and this is tutorial for leather prints.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Various botanical printed leather purses 多花款的皮革植物印染

It's a difficult time for most people these days for the lockdown.  Me too no good for group biking or hiking but with limit plants around my apartment I can still engage in sorts of creation with my workmate Mogi.  My friends find him a superstar and a good company to show my works.  He's such a lovely brat.  He never finds boring and so attached to me.
Well, I just done a piece of leather printing and going to do another one he immediately grasped it, quite territorial.  
 最近疫情不便往外跑,呆著又不是味兒,
家居的花兒植物可使我打發,利用當令的小野菊及紅花西番蓮做皮革實驗,不同的皮革物料有著不一樣的效果,當然又是印染後車縫小包包,且看有多少......
 I do botanical printing with seasonal flowers.  When there're special species I keen on trying.  These days I tested the new found passiflora coccinea, the red flowers. Combined with others I made some sample scraps on leather.
Passiflora coccinea prints so nice on leather with different color shades from red to brown.  Rational behind I have no idea.  It must be due to tanning of leather done in the factory. Can't rule out the chemical treatment. 

 Another seasonal flower is chrysanthemum coronarium I grown from the seeds Israel master Irit Dulman gave me.  I love this flower so much.  It prints strong yellow.
 
 Start the making is to wet the leather and roll up.
 After heating pigment of plants released on leather.

 Now that the swatches are good to make into something functional.  So I cut it to make a purse, not one piece but so many after numerous experiments.
Purses with natural dyes and prints.
  
Wallet made from one folding piece.
A small one for keys or cards.

A wallet or a waist purse.

 A few more for cosmetic or whatever purposes.  


Some of the leather cases made these days..
You will see the fun of peeling off the flowers.  Interested?  You may like to view the instant download pdf tutorial from my on line shop.
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