Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Back to nature 返璞歸真

Botanical imprints on cotton, linen or hemp is not that simple.  To have bold prints need pre mordant of fabrics.  Last year a young Hong Kong fashion designer asked me to make some botanical imprints on assorted cotton fabrics for her fashion design.  She introduced me the beauty of raw hemp..  That's the first time drove me for experiment other than silkl. My friend Melinda has a good reference of pre-mordant on non animal fabrics. Her blog here.
The hemp fabric I printed with eucalyptus and made it into a simple blouse.
早前與香港一位年輕時裝設計師用棉、麻等布料做了些植物印染作為她的 "自然時裝"設計用料. 那次開始我對絲質料以外作的植印實驗, 棉麻上色要做媒染工序, 我的好友網誌有些介紹.
我做了這片胚麻桉樹印染後便簡單剪裁做了一件原身袖子襯衣, 簡約鬆身, 返璞歸真一件農家上衣.
The front and the back

Layout of the euc. The ones of long leaves are blown branches picked in the wild and the round ones are silver dollar from florist.  I used both since I know they must have orange /red pigments.
The wild ones give orange
After boiling for 1.5 hours, dry it in the air. Mogi found his new canopy with smell of euc. Pleasant in the shade !
"Lazy mum just cut the the T shape with her old blouse over it."
Yes, I just wanted to do free, loose and easy.  I'm not a designer I wanted to make this one simply a basic "second skin".
So a piece of  two-folded fabric with two sides different prints. I made it.......
Simply with a two-folded collar
Sleeve with no cutting
Enclosed with a braided brooch of same hemp remnant plus leather remnant and beaded with two tiny crystal stones.
This looks like old dated farmer clothing but I like the outcome.

                                    A free size blouse suits a free style one who loves nature and natural.
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mixed media painting 多媒體畫作

For the last few weekends I was so enjoying the basic acrylic painting class.  Today's last session I walked away with the skills and got inspired to apply in my multi-media creation.
My Last post of painting on a silk chiffon .
過去的十個週末我很享受彩繪畫班, 雖然是初階已學習到好些技巧, 我將纖維與羊毛結合創作 以羊兒為主題的質感畫作, 
I made the textured painting with the sheep theme as Lunar New Year is approaching.  Themed picture of the Year of the Ram is atmospheric.
I made the texture of sheep with raw fleece, a little yarn and merino with nuno felt skill.
After the slightly rubbing and rolling, nuno felt is done.
I used the textile Mod Podge mounted over 2/3 of the canvas frame.  Cut the mountain line and little creases texture.
After dried, painted it with acrylic.
Finished. I call it "Snowy Sheep"
Mogi, who's always the judge.
Made another one with a wood board.  Same theme of sheep.
The seven roaming sheep in a spring field.
Also creases for the tree trunk, branches and the field.
This one I call it "Blue Mountain Roaming Sheep"
"Mogi, what do you think?"
Well, the two textural painting of multi-media for the Year of the Ram.
Hope to learn the upcoming intermediate class and get inspired.
My new friends may like to view some more works from my facebook. Please feel free to browse.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Theme of the Year of the Sheep 羊年喜氣 "羊羊"

            The upcoming Chinese New Year falls on 19 Feb. 
 With the zodiac of Year of the Sheep (Ram or Goat), I made something of wool felt related to sheep. Of course wool is the media and the sheep is the theme. Not much like doing needle felt but I did make the small sheep.
今年農曆年是羊年, 藉此做些以羊仔為主題的手作. 針氈小羊兒, 濕氈羊毛畫及在牆壁塗畫小羊. 充滿喜氣 "羊羊".......
   This is a wool felt painting of landscape with yurts and gazing sheep.
 In Mongolia the traditional roof of the yurt is made with wool felted blankets but this one is my Israeli friend Rachel's son with family lives in the North near Galilee.  Last March when I was there Rachel took me there for a visit. Post of my last Israel visit.
 There're a few yurts in the site.  
 Simply life for the family. One of the yurts is a playground for the kids. Rachel made the eco printed vest for the grandkid.  I helped stitching the seams.
 View through the door is endless green field with pretty wild flowers.
 I was relaxing with the dog ......
 and watching the free-range hens.....
With the beautiful memory of the Israel landscape, I came up the landscape picture of yurts and sheep instead of hens
 This is the finished wet felt picture of sheep
 Who knows I felted the yurt with this hair from my Chinchilla fluffy ball !
 As it's the Year of the Sheep for the Chinese New Year, I made a phone pouch with both sides sheep. Red packets are given during the new year days
Red is fortune, red is luck, red is welcome. 
"Mum's ready for the New Year of Sheep and painted the wall with a little sheep !!"
Wish the Year of Sheep brings luck to you all !

Monday, January 12, 2015

Nuno felt with painting 混纖畫作絲巾

Recently I learnt the basic acrylic painting. Indeed I hope to do my multi-media creations colorful.  Flowers and cats painting are what I like most  Mogi is my model ........ 
愛上彩繪, 畫花畫貓是的喜做的習作.
 He helps me holding the chiffon while I do the painting (silly boy !!)
Yup, finished. That's the silk chiffon for a nuno felt scarf.  I use acrylic as it will not "bleeding" and ever last.
48小時乾透後 不退色

After the paint dried in 48 hours,  I put the merino wool along the edges and fringes on other sides as well a little mulberry silk and  Wenslaydale wool for the textures.
放上羊毛 、亮麗蠶絲,  開始做羊毛混絲巾...
 After rubbing, rolling and slightly moving action, a scarf is done. 一輪搓揉後便成型
 He, who is a territorial occupant finds it his own !!
哈 ! 小子以為是他的 !! 好開心 哩 !
                              A scarf is a scarf for ladies, not for pets.

 Wensleydale is good texture and little mulberry silk for lustrous

 Nuno felt scarf with little wool is ideal for all seasons.
 I painted it and made it from scratch.
 I learn from basic and needs practice. It's fun to paint.  That's me in the kindergarten stage......... 近日開始塗鴉, 小兒科的畫 .
At least he's the one appreciates it !!??
 Silly boy !!

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