Sunday, February 16, 2020

Botanical leather imprints testing 植物印染皮革試驗

 These days I have done a few more botanical imprints mainly with gerbra flowers and sewed into pouches.
 I can't recall how many pieces of leather imprints I have done and made into purses. A few of my signatures below.......
 They're made with sheep leather and pig leather.  Some are stiff some are so soft.
 It's not easy to buy appropriate leathers for botanical imprints locally.  Usually I source raw sheep/lamb leathers.  Today just got two pieces of quite soft, thin and white dyed sheep skin.  I don't know how it was tanned and was puzzled if it work but good price only about 3.5 euro.  No harm to try.  With the flowers bought I immediately done testing with simple layout.
 Mogi, my cat is always my helping hand.
"Hmmm.....mum it's fine for bundling and cooking....."
 I was expecting the flower prints looks like the previous one done with impressive outcome, particular the gerbra printed so nice.
Opened it with curiosity but I was not pleased and the leather shrank almost half the original size and the flower printed just purple without "in-depth" look and other plants even without color.
 Anyway I mounted it to air dry.
 The more it's getting dry the more it's stiff.

 Though not a successful printing I wanted to make it functional. I cut it to make a few pouches.
Zipper, lining label..... all in hand.
 Leather is a bit stiff so I cut and sew it while it's not all dried. Otherwise it's hard for machine sewing.

It's done. Prints of both sides.
Another one of both sides

 This one is disaster, all dark without much prints.         Still made it into a purse.
Printing on leather is challenging and outcome depends much on choice of leather. However we can do trials and even make the swatches into something useful.
 That's enough for a few pieces.  Mogi was so nice to follow me from day to night......
He says "Goodnight....."
Oh, it's my space. His territorial behave always occupies it !

Few of the pouches of different prints and shades.  I like to do small swatches prints as the size just right to make it as make up pouch or whatever use.
 Can I imagine just with natural dyes and ingredients I can make such colorful botanical imprints on leather with different outcome?
Yes, I can make it ....
Last but not least I have an instant download pdf tutorial for the botanical imprints making.  It's simple if you can source the right leather.  You may like to have a look on my ETSY.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Botanical imprinted leather and the purses 植物印染皮包包

There are lots of different types of hides in the market suitable for botanical printing. Since I don't know or even the shop I usually source supply does not know how the leathers were tanned, printing outcome varies with different sorts of plants.  I like to try imprints with my technique, particularly on sheep leather.  This one with cochinael background just printed and sewed into a messenger bag.

I made it box-sided for more room.  Detachable strap with buttons fixed inside and flap embellished with seashell.
Part of the printings with own grown strobilantes.
These days I was quite free and sewed a few purses. 

In case people who are new to botanical imprinted leather, here's a video clip of the piece I just done.
Most of my techniques are more or less the same but with various plants and dyes for different result.  This is a leather purse of two sides printed with lemmon marigolds, willow and ginkgo.

Another sheep skin with more flower prints.  The main flower is gerbra.
Close up of the prints of both sides.

This is a two-sided purse.

Since the experiment swatches are not big and I just made it a small purse size as iPad but all with inner pocket and lined with eco printed fabric. 
This iPad size purse with detachable braid strap.

My cat Mogi always curious for what I have been making. I really can't remember how many pieces I have mafe.

These are some of my purses, most were gaven away.  I like to do printing experiment and make use of the swatches to purses.  I sell my experiments of botanical imprints technique.  Here's my pdf instant download tutorial you may like to have a browse.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Eco printing done in Uruguay

 Last year I took the eco printing workshop taught by Irit Dulman. That’s the most marvellous workshop I have learned ever in Uruguay. Now I’m home just sewed one of the many pieces I’ve made. Be it a table runner or a wall hanging it’s gorgeous in the house.
Such bold and strong prints  

Video of the prints 
Impressed botanical imprints on wool

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