These are the botanical imprints I taught in Jinze Art Centre Shanghai last weekend.
I spent a few days for a series of workshop for eco prints, nuno felt and wool felt with a bunch of lovely students from Shanghai, Beijing and Shangyang.
我在上海市郊金澤古鎮的教學開始是植物移印染, 第一天到埗, 金澤工藝館助手與我一同拾葉子做實驗, 古雅的工藝館建築群座落河岸, 寧謐優美, 工藝房設備完善, 學生來自上海市, 北京及沈陽, 我介紹完植物移印染的特性及示範後, 學生開始自行製作, 從第一片的白底金黃主調到第二件的有媒染深調, 及後混合的色調. 在不同織物有不同效果, 這是學生們第一次學習, 他們自然有不同的期待, 我預先已告訴他們不要太過熱切要求每片葉子完美有顏色, 我們欣賞那過程, 那不完美的美麗, 每一點用心的手作. 兩日的實驗做出不同色調絲巾及一些紙片印葉..
Venue is in the western outskirt of Shanghai, campus by the river.
On my arrival I immediately done local plants experiments and my intern assistant helped me the setting.
Displays of my samples on different fabric
On the first day students went for leaves collection
Picked fruits for kind of purple prints
Some bamboo leaves, dried branches and fruits
as well some rusty objects and wires for iron mordant
My demo on a silk scarf
They started the layouts
Some euc, peony leaves and onion skins,
wheat and dried branches
Cooking like making soup
Unwrapped after 2-hour boiling
First bundles are mainly of clear background with yellow-gold prints of alum mordant
So these are the imprints on silk scarf of euc leaves & branch skins, onion skins, rose leaves and peony leaves
After first experiments of alum mordant, done iron mordant to have darker imprints and shades
Purple to dark prints with iron mordant
Prints on silk and cotton
After they got the ideas from different ways they made prints on scarfs of their preference. Below images speak themselves .........
These two pieces are imprints on organza that have a "see through" look.
Subtle with tie lines of iron water
Euc and it's branch skins, dried wheat and flowers.
Iron mordant on assorted leaves
Wheats with iron mordant
Apart from imprints on fabric, I showed the way of paper prints a well.
I like the iron mordant on this piece.
Will have the next blog of nuno felt