Sunday, November 21, 2021

Botanical printed substrates and designs 植物印染可塑之創作

Art journals made of botanical printing, wool felt covers or leather with eco printed covers. All handmade.  I was asked what I am up to.  Well still indulge in experiments of botanical printing on different substrates and made something practical.  The printed fabrics made into garments and accessories such as tote bags and belts.  Printed papers and leathers for art journals. Combined with nuno felt skills for art journal cover.   All those are flexible and creativity is sky limit.  You will see below images speak themselves.....
Set of botanical printed dress and leather
Leather printed with plants then sewed with linen with same tone botanical prints into a belt.

The leather former printed not pleased then I reprinted again it become a bit hard. 

Found it better to sew a shoulder purse.

Another piece of leather so soft it is good to make it a purse.

Two sides of a shoulder purse, one side of leather and other of linen.  Both with flowers and leaves gathered on bike rides.

Scrapes of leather prints are not wasted. I made it as handles for tote bag purses. 
Papers printed with botanicals are kind of greeting cards or art journal pages.
Different kind of papers have assorted combination and results.

Flowers and leaves are my favourite resources
Book cover with water color paper prints
Book cover with nuno felt and eucalyptus printed
Book cover of leather and botanical printing
Can't recall how many art journals I have made but lots and some already gave away.
All those with leather prints, nuno felt prints, paper prints are botancial eco printing technique.
My on line shop ETSY listed instant download pdf tutorials for making such prints.  You may like to browse.

Art journal making

Leather printed purses

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Botanical printing with academics and professionals

The 2-day workshop of botanical imprints making finished with colorful result.  Participants from fashion academics, designers and artists are very creative.  We used different mordants for various fabrics, all are natural fibres. Silk, wool, linen with natural dyes and plants own pigments outcome is unexpected.  



See the fun of unwrapping.....
 I'm happy to share some images of my teaching in the well equipped lab.
With all "ingredients" in hand we started the making.
Everyone concentrated in laying.

First piece of work by a fashion designer.
Bright and cheerful
Cochinael dying is so strong
First day is introduction of botanical printing and fabric mordant preparation.
Day 2 is printing on chiffon silk, silk jersey and silk linen.
We used seasonal flowers and plants.

Golden yellow from alum mordant.
Dying and printing in one go.
Also effect of discharge and resist taught.

Very rich colour
Shades from different natural dyes

Tones of yellow and purple 
We also used cotton for mono effect simply with iron.

Two different effect done in one go.
Quite a nice combination

Another creative piece by experienced artist.
Bright and eye catching yellow with grey background

Willow and fern as well eucalyptus and oxalis

Shades of botanical printing on three different fabric materials - silk linen, cotton and silk jersey.

Rich and autumn feel
Mono windfall
"Which one you like best?"
Thank you academics, designers and artists.  You're so creative.

Line up of my interaction with such professional group was initialed by artists on the day I viewed the Cheongsam exhibition in THEi institute.  They're interested in my own eco printed cheongsam and invited me to teach kind of botanical imprints on fabric.  

 THEi is a renowned fashion institute. Fashion show and display in school.

The day I visited the exhibition
The fabric of cheongsam I worn was done in Israel in Irit Dulman's workshop. 
The other day I was invited to attend a seminar of Aesthetics and Craftsmanship of Cheongsam making - now the Hong Kong cheongsam making has been inscribed onto National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.  If I can learn the skills of making cheongsam with own eco printed fabric would be good.  Thought of learning now.




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