Thursday, October 25, 2018

Nature inspired botanical prints 騎行路上的創作

 Today just done the prints with the flowers from biking.  The yellow print from cosmos is bold with appropriate mordant on fabric.
Idea for the prints was last week I went with the biking team in rural, caught my sight were the blooming flowers on our way. Today I went again for the sourcing.
This video in short was where creation started from the view of my rural studio to the laying of plants.  
 Riding on the narrow path with running stream along.....
 I'm well equipped with the bike purse I made before.  No doubt it's eco printed on linen.
This is a new bike I bought last week as the old one was stolen when I parked in a train station.  It's a pity in our rural station there're thieves.
I'm not sure if the flowers belong to somebody or wild.  Indeed it's growing in a public land.
I'm not sure what kind of flowers, may be cosmos.

The red brick wall is the typical old architecture in villages.

 We went forward..... views just too stunning....
 Backdrop with a buffalo.  
 There was an egret on the back of the buffalo but I was late to capture it. 

 A short riding we're close to the town
 Autumn is a good season for riding
  There're lots of good finds.  The blown off Flame Gold-rain tree still with flower pods.
I'm home with lots produces from the farmer, Okra, taro and the flowers.
Layout of the plants then bundle steamed for 1.5 hours. 

A long cotton jersey with assorted prints.  Among them is the golden yellow from cosmos I love.  Will do some more experments on different fabric shortly.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Taiwan natural printing interaction get inspired台灣 植物印染交流

I was away for a week in Taiwan for the interaction with artist friends Mary and Meg. We tried lots of the local plants and I got inspired with one of the flowers - the flame Gold-rain (flamegold).  I got home with plate full ideas and done some prints with my local source. Sounds Mogi approves......
Prints of my own grown Indigofera tinctoria

Combination with climbing plants, eucalyptus and flamegold pods.
 The pods of flamegold printed with iron and tannin ave different looks.
 Mirror prints of the layout
I was so pleased my friend Mary invited me to have a private teaching of natural prints together with Meg.  Three of us spent the whole week together for printing experiments.  We have done not only fabric prints, but also paper prints, indigo dye, hiking and biking.  My week was fabulous just started from landing in Taichung........
From my area Hong Kong to Taichung is only 1.5 hours flight
Mary is a brilliant artist/ musician/ textile lecturer.  Her house is very artistic with cozy ambiance.  I just love all those beautiful vats and got inspired for my creation.

Impressive  blooming of Flame Gold-rain flowers

 Just outside the studio was greenery of paddies
Three of us in a leisure mood for creation.  Below are the first batch of prints with purple grey background.

 We used mostly the cellulose fabrics. The first outcome was quite good.

I done some testing of dyes and prints with the round vat inspiration
 These two are my favourite outcome

 After the purple grey background we tried the brown one with other mordant technique

 The last one is prints with clear background

I personally like the outcome of Flame Gold-rain pods.  That's what I wanted to do some when I got home.  The prints on handmade papers are interesting. 
I have the opportunity to view Mary's installation nearby and Meg's decorative painting in town.

 A morning hiking with friends was pleasant in autumn with fruits ripening 
Bright color of persimmon is awesome

 Our way along the paddy called "forget the worries" was truly peaceful
 Biking was short due to rain but already a good experience
 Safe back and anticipating to do more in the next visit
Last day,  a glimse of a decent shop of jewellery owned by Mary's friend.
The decoration of the dried "Flamegold" pods was so beautiful
 Last moment in Mary's house with a play to say goodbye.
Thank you for Mary's invitation and Meg's particiation we trios have a great week of get together. Also thank you so much for the many gifts Mary and Meg gave me.  I treasure and use them wisely.
One of the gifts was the handmade soap Mary made.  I sewed the little pouch with my naturel printed scraps as gift set that can be used as rubbing.

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