Friday, November 24, 2017

Weeds prints from hiking 草葉印染

Today hiking in the north of our region Hong Kong. Up there we saw China in a stone's throw away. 
從遠足走進印染的實驗, 今天在新界北區 「 麻雀嶺」, 走上山崗, 沒有
麻雀聲, 極目遠眺是香港八仙嶺及近在咫尺中國的沙頭角. 行山之餘見些乾草, 取了回家作實驗, 也為下周在台灣的教學準備, 確保已購買的布料是清晰可印染, 實驗証明是不錯.
今日天氣良好, 上山後煙霞朦朧仍是美景.
We started the trail in a village "Sheung Ma Tseuk Leng"
A village of traditional buildings of a few decades old, indeed not too old.

 A strenuous trail up in the beginning with stunning views around
Down are the villages in the China boundary
After almost an hour hiking ......
I made it, the second one on the top of the mountain.
 A break and a breathtaking view of the region
Visible is the well developed town of China.

Today's hiking was not hard but only in the beginning we've to climb up the mountain.  We finished in about 3 hours with half way easy walking down.
Since today was a bit cool I've to put on a scarf.  Friends know me well I always have something in my purse or wore about my works of natural printing and wool felting as samples to show people whenever I'm asked what I am doing with.  Today the scarf I put on for head wrap in the windy hiking.

This is the scarf I put on today.  It's made with two panels.  One part of natural prints of  demo sample to the tertiary students while the other side is digital prints of my photo with natural flower prints done in the recent Canada workshop.
This is the actual prints on silk chiffon with the local yellow flowers.

I learned the skills of digital prints of the images on fabric then made the collage and sewed two panels together.
So here is a piece of scarf with the skills of digital prints I learnt and the natural prints I taught.

On the way down the mountain I saw some weeds and got a few for my experiments on fabrics which will be used in the upcoming workshops in Taiwan.  I have to make sure the fabric works well.  Back home I immediately done the simple testing.

 All works well, the prints and the fabric as well the plants.

 I know weeds are better as resist, thus a little piece of red eucalyptus is icing on the cake.

Sumac and Lagerstroemia speciosa are good prints.
I'm too addicted in natural printing.  Every time when I do hiking I spy some plants to do experiments.  Tomorrow I go biking I am not sure if I can resist any windfalls to play. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Simply life with simple natural prints 簡約生活●簡單植物印染


A simple life for me is simply to start a day with light breakfast....... toast on own made ceramic dish, brewed coffee and dried nuts.  What's more is with the brat in my front.
簡約生活 , 自作自受, 一口香濃咖啡, 兩片多士, 與貓兒共享.......細意品嚐.......我的天然植物印染.
幾乎每日每刻與我共存共享就是這些創作印染, 每一件不能重複, 那麼獨特, 這就是驅使我不停實驗研究的動力, 這裡有連結教材購買自學, 我以簡單材料圖文解說, 兩份教材從基本而至有層次色調可供選購.

 The wool flannel table runner printed with assorted leaves and plants in shades is the first tutorial I listed on ETSY.
After the many experiments I made the prints with iron carrier to bring out the shapes and shades.  As have to do a few samples for the workshop, I tried a few eucalyptus on the silk swatch.  Here are the samples done lately.

In the workshop we used only a few species of plants but the most effective for any prints is onion skins.  Even on cotton prints are impressive and bold. The images above are the mirror prints on silk and cotton of the onion skins.
With less or more of scattered onion skins, outcome is different.
The rich on the bottom with iron carrier made the shades.
Technique of making prints rich like this with appropriate mordant you can create unique fabric art.  Here's the link of my instant download pdf tutorial in ETSY.
To make a simple yet fabulous shades and shapes of natural prints you will find my basic pdf instant download tutorial in ETSY.  

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Natural printing with tertiary students 專上學生的植物印染

I have a special project with the HK PolyU and my honour to share in a part of it for my natural printing with the students.  It's the first time for the tertiary students to encounter with such eco printing with direct prints from plants.  We used just rose leaves, sorts of ecualyptus leaves, sumac and onion skins.  They're creative and made the sample silk panels in two hours.

Little leaves composition
Shades of red, orange, brown and rich tones from onion skins

 With my simple basic skills they made the outlines and shades
Bright red from eucalyptus

 Clean and clear from lecturer's prints with only onion skins, simply bold and creative.

 Onion skins are really great prints.  The prints on silk with little outlines and shade looks like 3D effect after printing.  Even prints on the cotton iron carrier with pink shade of the original color.
A piece with all the materials - onion skins, sumac, rose leaves and eucalyptus.
Fabulous prints on silk panel
All my pleasure to share with the students as well the lecturer's pleased with the works.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Natural prints and lac dyes 花葉印染

This is knit silk jersey with natural prints of eucalyptus, flowers and dyed in lac (Laccifer Lacca - kind of insert).  Plants gathered on my way of biking last week.
日前騎單車撿拾花葉印染布料, 滿以為利用原有印上葉子的針織絲料再浸染紫膠 (介殼蟲染物)成為深紅底色, 然後再加些花葉做層次感印染, 誰料破壞了原意, 弄出太深沉底色, 可能是鐡的媒染劑太重之故, 花葉色調不見得明顯, 怎也好, 都是嘗試.

A short ride in suburb just wanted to get some more flowers for my natural printing.  Hibiscus tiliaceus by the seashore still blooming but getting less. 


 Lagerstroemia speciosa is at the end.  I was lucky to pick up some on the ground after strong wind. Also some Hibiscus on the grass after worker's pruning.

A day out biking was to energize myself and get inspired from nature. 

 With handful of fragile petals and leaves home I endeavored to redo the yardage of knit silk jersey already printed with eucalyptus and rose leaves.  The yardage is tube width I printed both front and back in plain.  I wanted to make another dress with some more flowers then make it with simple nuno felt technique.  Know that the "remake" may ruin the whole piece but keen on trying.  So it's dyed in lac pot overnight.

 I intended to dye it in lac to make the same red as this done last year.

Composition like this .......

After 1.5 hours boiling it came out too dark out of my expectation.  It's almost brown that the prints are not quite outstanding.  I thought the iron carrier may be too strong.

Anyway, the prints seems fine but only the background is bit dark.  A closer look can find the flowers prints well.
It's tube width with prints on both-side, I can put on either way or even upside down before actually decided the style.

Be it a dress or a wrap the only side I like is "less is more". 
This natural printing is kind of "discharge" technique learnt from Irit Dulman.  Anyone who has learnt or know the skills may find my outcome as reference only.
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