This is my new botanical imprints just done after a visit to studio "Lantaublue" - Indigo 11.50 (片藍造藍染工房) for indigo dyes.
為了做這有藍染帶出的植物染効果，日前與好友Amy W 走訪大嶼山片藍造 11.50染了好幾片布料做後期製作。
I went with my good friend Amy W. to Lantau. Arrived at noon outside the prison bus stop
for the studio pick up, there're cows welcome us! Prisoners are not free but these wild cows are well protected and they're roaming free everywhere on the island.
The studio is situated in nature, in the village "Tai Long Wan Tsuen" down from a stream with natural authentic ambiance and supplies.
Everything in the studio is so natural. The pig pen remains,
the stone sinks
the woods to fire for ashes ......... and Aki, the Border Collie was so welcome to us.
I have a few light silk yardages to dye for my special project, it took less time and finished in a while.
Yeah ! The three different silk yardages with different blue shades drying in the blue skies
I'm happy in the studio
While the yardages are sun drying, designer founder Max was so patiently explained to me how the indigo dyes were made and how they used the natural resources and water from the stream.
This piece I intended to dye only the middle part for a special experiment.
Before leaving the studio we walked to the beach just a few minutes away from the studio
The yardage just in the sunny blue skies tone
After the breezy beach walk, time to leave for another tranquil beach.
Max's so nice to drop us at the bus stop to Shui Hau Village. Aki looks like leading in front to see off us.
Getting off the bus in Shui Hau Village, we walked to the seaside, the buffalo boarded our way. We gave way to take other path to the bay.
Some cows resting in shade by the stream
others grazing the green green grass.....
Looking around the largest sandbay on the island......
with resting boats on land
Amy and I have been known since in high school. We cherish our decades of friendship, we walked through our life and left foot prints in the sand.
May be many years later we would come again. Wish it will be the same look with our same young mood.
Back home that night I cut in half the middle dyed silk to do two pieces of prints.
I told Amy I would make two, one for her and one for myself.
With different composition for different placement outcome. They're done but I will show more details of the prints in the next post.
I've also done the fresh direct leaf prints with Indigofera tinctoria (木藍) planted in the studio that Max gave me. The plants are traditionally for indigo vat making but I just like to try the contact prints. Very delicate outcome of khaki and purple prints. Max also gave me some seeds of the plant. I wish I could grow some for own prints in the future.