Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Rich prints from walk 山後拾葉之作

A blogger wrote me a note she said she loves my works and always likes to read if there's any updates.  I'm glad that my works draw interest. 

Recently I was featured in a silk themed program by TV station.  Glad to show my works of natural prints which is quite new in Hong Kong.  You may view it from this video  "In Praise of Silk" followed by my eco printing and demo.

As said silk is my daily component of textile art.  Almost on an alternative day I like to do experiment with new finds on my suburb walk.

I was asked how to become so addicted.  I said I got inspired and learnt from my ever best artist / teacher, Irit Dulman from Israel.   I attended her workshops and developed my styles year after year.  Irit is a prominent figure and a pioneer in the field. She creates very very beautiful natural prints especially the new "3DPrintRD" recently.  Some bloggers asked if I have tutorials of those pretty effect.  I declined as honestly I don't know the skills and it's artists ethic not to sell or teach what exactly the teachers taught. Wish I could attend her new technique one day.

Whenever I am invited to teach I still like to work on my way of natural prints with a bit difference from what I've learnt. 
I remember the first time I visited Irit in Tel Aviv.  We walked in the street with this kind of flower.  I don't know the exact name but thought it's the Hibiscus family.  Irit said there's little honey in the flower and tasted it with me.
Yesterday when I was walking in the back of my apartment, I found the dropped hibiscus flowers and gathered a few weeds, bamboo as well some other wild daisy for the bundle boiling.

 Well know all those picked leaves without bright color so I put a few eucalyptus which was soaked in iron water for more than 2 weeks. 
After 1.5 hours boiling, I opened it and quite pleased with the outcome with color and resist shapes.

Not sure what exactly the fabric is. It's bought from a shop for the selling of factory leftover.  Thought it's wool and cotton blend. 
I am going to play with Nicola Brown, my good friend and teacher from Ireland.  She's coming to town this week.  So delighted for our meeting shortly.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Good finds on leisure ride 雨後豐收

A wool blend yardage with windfalls gathered after strong wind made the autumn theme.
Scarfs I printed with all natural botanical pigments with leaves gathered on my bike ride.

It's a nice day after typhoon. I need to get some leaves for my upcoming project with tertiary textile students.  Know that there must have some blown off leaves after strong wind so I went biking to collect the windfalls.  What a good find and leisure ride.  I gathered some assorted leaves incl. casaurina, eucalyptus, fallen flowers...... back home with a few flowers from friend's garden to do experiments immediately.

Bundled boiling for 1.5 hours, opened with curiosity ...... 
Images speak themselves.....
Prints of little flowers from friend's with white shade and yellow spot, eucalyptus of assorted red, orange and green, morning glory and bottlebrush as resist of white shapes.

My style is "less is more" but for all those leaves testing I've to do all-on-a-piece.
This is rich but good sample testing.
I tried the morning glory (alamo vine) as I've seen Irit Dulman's mention. My prints of flowers are only pale purple but leaves are nice resist.

I'm too impatient. I made two pieces overnight as I really wanted to see the outcome  while the leaves are still fresh to do with.

The wool blend yardage from the stall is quite a good buy. I bought lots to play with.

This piece reminds my good day but I'll give it to someone I've never met.  I want to show these prints are from the plants gathered in her place.  Wish she finds it unique with my handmade - I even hand rolled hems which I seldom do - kind of "slow fashion".
 This piece is for myself. Mogi approves it and he shows me how to appreciate nature and how to enjoy peace of mind ....in my own space.
Wish you enjoy my creation.
Next weekend I will have friends coming for the fun play.  Thrilled ! Nicola Brown is in town with us. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Back to track with creation 回到生活軌跡

"Sounds a good day!   Looks as if a colorful day to start with........" 
After some days rest post my Canada trip I'm back to routine. Mogi is back to track - so attached to me !  Always my model for the pose.

  Have skipped two months hiking with the team.  Of course I should do my fav.  sports to keep healthy as well.  I miss my team so this Friday I went hiking with them on Lantau Island.

We walked up in the mid ....... down view is the Shek Pik Reservoir and the sea.
It's a sunny day with blue skies.  Can't imagine two weeks ago there're severe typhoon damaged a lot the trees over the mountain. Just on the ground some pines and cones. I picked a few home.

Up to our destination was the Wisdom Path 

The path lined with 38 wooden monuments inscribed with the Heart Sutra prayer.
Life should be slow...... as the roaming cow on my return way...... he's not alone. There're quite some in the mountain but he just enjoys being alone, like me.
With the windfalls home in that hiking day........ nice picks for my next excperiment.

In that hiking evening I was already in a briefing session with tertiary students in the HK PolyU 
I showed them the works of my eco-printings from simple basic to shades.There will be sessions for the interaction with students soon.

Back home on Sat morning I immediately done a piece of experiments with the leaves got on walk with the inspiration from Irit Dulman's blog post.
Irit is my mentor in the area of eco printing.  Her works are amazing and no doubt she's the pioneer in the field and ever my respected artist.

My heartfelt thanks for the prints with pines (or casaurina) and the assorted mordants applied in different ways for various outcome learnt or inspired from my Israel teacher/mentor Irit Dulman.

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