Sunday, December 11, 2016

Mix & Match natural printed outfit 拼拼貼貼草木印染外衣

Have done so many panels of prints experiments.  Some good some so so but just wanted to make use of every single piece I sewed together with the pattern learnt from Rivital Avidar with little modified. Of course some printing skills from Irit Dulman.  I like the high slits of traditional Vietnamese costume. This outfit is made with 6 panels cut from the width of different fabrics. They're sorts of silk and wool cotton blend also done in different techniques of natural prints. So far it is the outfit I like most. You'll see details of close look.

The outfit with all-side prints and two wooden buttons.  The back prints with eucalyptus and Lagerstroemia speciosa as well sumac.


The main part of front is eucalyptus and papaya with madder. Sleeve blue from indigo.

"Before and After" of the front prints

That's the casual outfit 

Just fine in a breezy winter here in Hong Kong 
So the outfit I made with natural prints of eucalyptus, rose & leaf, sumac, casaurina, Lagerstroemia speciosa, papaya leaf and natural dyes of tannin, madder and indigo.
In a nutshell this is the signature garment with all the techniques I learnt or developed myself so far.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Natural printing Parent-Child Activities 草木印染親子活動

Children are creative and naive. Last weekend I taught the eco printing with groups of parents and children in the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. This is one of the students' silk prints. 
  「草木染初探」工作坊是香港文化博物館這一季的親子活動,這日我為小組準備了簡易製作, 利用效果顕著的尤加利、桔子葉、 洋蔥皮及姜黃粉,大小朋友在歡樂歌聲及遊戲中完成鮮明的絲料小製品。
The Museum located by the river in Shatin.

It's a parent-child activity, the youngest is 5. They're very creative in placement. 

After introduction and wrapping, bundles are ready for cooking.

While boiling the bundles, it's time for fun play and singing about leaves, trees, soil and air...... that bring benefits to human and animals ....... 
Lyrics of positive message for the appreciation and care of trees and leaves.
All participants are so impressive and engaged.

Bundles done in 50 minutes cooking. Looking eagerly............

Unwrapping carefully with little helping hands...... 

Interesting to find the prints....... wondering why red from green leaves? 

Colors from yellow to gold, green and red.....

Mirror prints is pretty balanced

This is an intro of eco-printing workshop for the parent-child activities.  Since they're young and new to such craft, I taught the simple yet anticipated bright outcome. 
We used different sorts of eucalyptus, Chinese mandarin leaves and onion skins boiled in dye pot with turmeric for yellow tie lines.

Happy group with their works.
Such workshop is part of the quarterly activities and one of my involvements arranged by a Community Art Charitable Organization "Art for All" in the Hong Kong Heritage Museum with the theme of "Fashion + Paper, Scissors and Rock", combine fashion design with traditional craftsmanship.
此次草木染工作坊是非牟利慈善機構「全人藝動  」與香港文化博物館策劃的其中一項活動,以「衣+包、剪、揼」帶出傳統與創新的時裝設計同時展覧中,明年1月18日的「水上華服誌」服裝秀 ,我的植物印染鄉土系列服裝會與其他創作人的設計同塲展現,這將會是我2017年的首項公開活動。

A cat walk "Floating Fashion Gala of the T'ang Clan" with the idea of boat people (fisherman) will be taking place in the Museum in Jan. I will join with other designers/artists to have my series of rustic fashion made with new technique of natural prints and dyes for the show.
 That will be my first engagement of natural prints in 2017. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Modified another pair of wool felt boots 新做一款羊毛靴子

 The woolly boot I made with wet felt technique learnt from Natalya Brashovetska.
 The Austrian mountain sheep wool is really so easy to felt with.  I added UK Wensleydale curls for the textures.
Up to the hill where I live......

Lift up and relax over our city view........ Hong Kong is in the sub tropical zone.  We do have winter.   Normally Nov - Feb are cool days, cold below 8C at times.  But this year still not cool even hot. 
 Come on I need the cold days to cool down.........

 Indeed I made the boots last year started with wool layering.  After some rubbing, rolling and fulling......
 The hard work is to glue it and hand stitching.
Finished with the slip-in boots with flap.  After a year I thought it's no harm to do something and modify it to another style.  I cut it to have the lace style.

 Then punch the eyes for the lace holes each boot with 10 holes.  This is the only part I can't do it myself so it's done in a shop.

Though I don't have the former style of slip-in.  I can make another one later.
The pair now is lace tied I love.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Eco prints & nuno felt reversible dress 植物印染羊毛混纖雙面長裙

Knit silk jersey is one of my favorate fabrics to work with.  Not only eco printing but also nuno felting is nice to do with. Following a series of the tube width nuno felt dresses made earlier, this simple and plain one is back to basic I used only a few casaurina and eucalyptus.  Then with little merino wool and mulberry silk as well silk gauze for the layers so as to make it two-styled reversible dress.
That day I asked my girl for the shots. We walked the dog to the beach dressed in two ways.  Here are the images of the same dress shown in both styles.
這針織絲用了馬尾松及桉樹葉植物印染, 然後以羊毛混纖做成雙面穿著長裙, 針織絲是我特別喜愛的布料, 無論印染或羊毛氈化也極易製作. 這日出外取景, 人兒狗兒和風吹拂.......

This side of the dress with top layers of silk gauze. Bottom cut off and co-web felted to make the ruffles.

Casaurina and eucalyptus are used for 1.5 hours bundle boiling.
A reversible nuno felted dress, one with layers.  Turn it over is the straight dress with bottom co-web felted.

The clear looks of both styles

The breezy layered look

Just a casual capture with cell phone. Very quickly we finished the shots. 

We have a leisure walk and back to girl's home with another shot.......
This one also nuno felt silk jersey, dyed in cochinael with contact prints.  I have another one already printed and going to do nuno felt after I figure out the style. Stay tuned........

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