Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hangzhou arts interaction 杭州工藝交流

 I was away to Hangzhou this week for a jaunt of interaction of crafts printings.
 Hangzhou is renowned for it's stunning scenery particularly of the Lake.
The event of traditional Miao wax resist printing was held in the heritage crafts studio in the China National Silk Museum
This is what I was doing - the wax resist printing and dyeing
 The Sericulture House where we're doing wax painting and dyeing
Participants are to show some of their original works.  Mine is natural printing and wool felting.  
They're quite impressed with the new technique of my botanical imprints
Others are printings from India

The expert of Miao wax resist printing showed us her collection and taught us the technique
 Nice ambiance of working on the ancient craft in the old house
With the wax pen and hot wax, participants working hard to rekindle the ancient artisanal 

They finished the wax painting then dyed in the indigo pot
Since I've work in the following days I came just for the introduction and done a small piece for the practice.
I am quite happy though it's only like a kid's work.

Taking the chance coming here I also visited the galleries.  The current exhibits of Miao costumes are glamorous
 Other displays of Chinese costumes from early stage of weaving to modern design

It's spring with rain all the day but still good strolling by the lake

 I am the early bird in the street
A coffee break to rest my feet
Never boring in the rainy day when I walking in the park with blooming cherry blossom as well other flowers

A fruitful trip to Hangzhou with interaction and pleasure

Just like a bird flying high and seeing more ..........Am I tied? Probably not.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Back to basic yet vivid natural prints

Sometimes the simple and basic prints are what I like to do.  It's vivid with appropriate mordant even nice on cellulose fabrics.  Recently I went biking and got some leafs and flower petals from a friend. Just wanted to do the prints with mirror effect.  So outcome of two in one go.

I put plants on silk then covered with cellulose fabric with appropriate mordant.  Just steamed for an hour. 
This is prints on cellulose with shades of dark and clear veins

 Prints on silk is more vivid with outline and colors of leaves as well purple from petals
What I like to test more is the purple prints from petal
As this is the testing of the new plants,  I have to do some more experiments then will show the proper names of the plants.  At this stage you may like to guess what the flowers and leaves are.  
The way of making outline prints is combination of iron and tannin from leaves.  Here's my ETSY instant download PDF tutorial of the prints of making shades and outline.

I'm on the road again for a jaunt trip to Hangzhou, China for interaction.
Mogi's not happy for my out town but rest assure I will show more after the trip.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Fruitful trip from Israel 滿載而歸以色列之行

To pursuit the bounty of nature of the flower prints, I went to Israel to do botanical prints particularly with the wild yellow chrysanthemum for my future project. I was blessed to have a lovely host Betty who is so kind to let me stay for the whole period and provided all the necessities.  More than that my visit to master Irit Dulman was great.  I walked away with piles of prints of new technique Irit showed me. 

I was supposed to do simple prints only with the yellow chrysanthemum, to my surprise I got different yellow tone with mordants learnt from Betty and Irit.  The flowers and leaves prints are amazing!

During my stay in Betty's, she took me to the vicinity with good views and nice walk with  dog Anna.

Wide flowers blooming in spring not only chrysanthemum........
but also mustard flowers
Bees are busy
There are lots of wild flowers, yellow, pink, red....... but I forgot the name of this red flower
We picked the mustard flowers for salad.  Tasty look, yes it's.
I worked on fabrics
Nice prints on silk
Yellow flower prints even bold and strong on papers that my Taiwan student gave me 

Just a few local leaves make pretty prints. The heart-shaped prints are from oxalis leaf.

The day I visited master Irit Dulman was marvellous.  She showed me her new technique "3DPrintRD".  Amazing to have the brilliant outcome with assorted flowers and leaves.
My heartfelt thanks for Irit's generous sharing and I anticipate to learn the in-depth techniques in her upcoming workshop in Holland soon.

This was my 3rd time of visit to Israel so I didn't go to other places but more in town.  We visited the Design Museum for costumes

I went to Tel Aviv to meet a friend from Hong Kong now lives there.  We walked along the promenade along Mediterranean coast
A dawn walk with Betty in the beach in her place
Stunning sunset 
A garden breakfast with fresh salad, homemade buckwheat toast, pita with goat cheese and figs is healthy
Part of the prints in the shade

Betty is amazing in cooking. Everyday she made me delicious meals with desserts.  The tarte tatin smelt great in baking.

Sumptuous Friday Sabbath dinner with family
Well I'm  back for a week now.  My plate is full and busy as bee.

(Photo credit to Irit Dulman and Idan Levy)

Irit gave me two swatches of the dress prints.  A keepsake I made into a shoulder purse.  I simply sewed together the printed fabric with same size lining then folded and lined both sides.

A purse made with the sample prints from Irit and cotton strap of my own print.

It's size fits for a phone, wallet and keys. I cherish this keepsake and will use it in Irit's workshop in Holland. 

I'm home also with the pants from Betty.   Style is trendy and good reference for my project making.  Also I got the very bold prints of flowers with Betty's alum mordant.  I've just now made my own.  Thank you for Betty's sharing of natural prints as well cooking.  Today I made the buckwheat bread and have a healthy lunch "Bird in the nest".  I made the bread from scratch as Betty's recipe.  To soak the buckwheat, blend it, mix with nuts and bake.  It's easy and healthy.

The piles of fabric prints are ready for my projects.  Just love the yellow chrysanthemum so much.  They're gorgeous prints with different mordant.  Thank you so much for Betty and Irit for their generous sharing.
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