Saturday, June 17, 2017

Mother Nature's Gift 大自然的恩賜

Green from Mother Nature, green from tumeric + indigo, green from my hands.  Yes this is creation from Mother Nature after last bike ride.  
早兩天從騎單車途中撿拾風雨打下的桉樹葉,把布料印上及簡單剪裁做了一長裙。
Last Thursday I joined the bike team for a ride along Tolo Harbour. After lunch we departed but I went on riding up to Sha Lo Tung Village (沙螺洞)for another 16 km. 
From the photo above you see the white statue - Gwun Yam(觀音)that's the mountain I was heading to.
那日與單車隊友遊畢烏溪沙,午飯後我獨自繼續騎行上大埔半山沙螺洞,那長斜路段也頗吃力,就是不甘心要堅持體力,終扺達村莊,廢屋幾家但環繞青蔥、蟬鳴蛙叫、蝶舞青蜓飛......倦意全消,回家後已急不及待做印染做衣裳,又一夏日裙子。

My destination is another 2.7km steep route up to the mountain village.   This is only in the mid with down view of Tai Po.

 A break here before going on........
 I've been to the village before but by car and hiking only. Never rode on a bike on the steep road. It's tough and challenging. I almost exhausted but don't want to give up. On the way I haven't seen a person but just a car passed by. I know I was adventurous or dangerous for the solo ride. Just wanted to see how the village looks now and challenge own ability as I may have to lead another team next.
Finally I'm here but the ruin village. Still but sounds of frogs and cicadas feeling like orchestra of nature.
The old village amid the well preserved wetland is going to move soon.
I made my riding up in 20 minutes then down the road in a few minutes.


On my way back home I found some blown off eucalyptus of assorted species but I don't know which one yells orange or green.

No harm to experiment with mixed composition on the non mordant wool blend cotton (50/50).
 After an hour boiling, not quite to my expectation.
 Most are only brownish, only a few orange. Can't expect too much since fabric is half cotton and without mordant. Mogi looks not quite pleased too.
 Is Mother Nature not kind at times?  As eco dyers we appreciate whatever nature gives us and make use of it.
Immediately I cut and sewed with other panel done earlier before. I used the jacket template Tatiana Sheverda made me while I was in her workshop in Holland. That's the template flexible with easy adjustment.
 I'm lazy.  Just front and back with side zipper. That's it.
 Simple and easy sewing as well comfortable wearing.

 So a green dress of own made with tumeric + indigo dyed and eco prints with eucalyptus.  A new dress for summer wardrobe.
This is how it's composed of. The wool blend fabric dipped in weak indigo then tumeric for the yellow base. Placed a few euc, casaurina and Tabebuia chrysantha flowers (風鈴木) as resist.
A dress of front and back made mainly of euc, clean and clear.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Creation in June 創意六月

June is particularly means to me. The month I was born, the month my son was born.  I find many excuses to celebrate in June.........
六月份是可喜的,我的生日及兒子出生月,就是很多藉口去慶祝去分享.......
上周與遠足隊友在藍天白雲走上山頂,視野無際⋯⋯
  回家路上大葉紫薇落花處處,告訴我盛夏來臨 ,好好把握這落花時節做我的創作.......就此做了這些印染。
 Last Friday morning before heading to Central, the assembly point for hiking, lots birthday wishes pouring in.  Friends' thoughtfulness already made me a day.

 We went up The Peak.  What a brilliant day with blue skies and rolling clouds !

 Up there we can see the further outlying islands, the cargo ships and some boats like ants over the sea. On the way my friend asked how I was up to these days.  I said same old just exploring eco printing, wool felting, teaching, managing my web site and answering queries.  I said no matter how busy I am I must do biking and hiking.  My friend said that's how we should enjoy while we're still doing well physically and it's simple to make own happy.  I couldn't agree more.  I am also delighted for my new listing of botanical enhanced eco printing tutorial eBook in my ETSY and it sells well since launched in two weeks.

Happiness consists in contentment. Life is happy with creation.  I love my teams.  Being with them I ride with my legs all over the mountains, trails up and down with nature inspired for my creation. After hiking, biking and celebration with family and friends of my birthday, Again indulged myself in experiments of the seasonal flower Lagerstroemia speciosa.
This is my favorite flower.  Now blooming in town and will last for a few months.
Can't resist to pick up some on the ground.


With a few casaurina, eucalyptus, the flowers and the leaves, I played the magic for the prints on cochineal dyed silk.
 After an hour boiling the prints come out with mordant.

            I'm quite pleased with the flower prints with outline and hue of stamens.

The other piece with marigold, yellow as expected

 I made two panels.  Here are the "Before & After"

The weekend completed with two pieces of prints that will be made into garment. After it's  done hope to show next.
Mogi, "stay tuned for the next post, a printed garment made."
As said June is the month to celebrate thus freebies to giveaway. Last week I posted in my Facebook whoever wants to know my tricks of strobilantes cusia leaf (traditional for indigo vat making 馬藍葉) purple shades natural printing as images I will send them the pdf file of my secret making. For blog followers I am also happy to share with whoever wishes to get it. Just email me terrieakwong@gmail.com I will send it out. No commitments, no promotions I just want to make sure I personally have the interaction with like-minded people.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Energetic riding by the shore 騎行山水間

With organic vegetable from friend's garden and Dutch cheese from bike ride, I enjoyed the light and healthy meal after a 35km ride along the stunning coastal route with our energetic team.
這日與單車隊友從沙田騎行至西貢市中心, 途經馬鞍山,烏溪沙, 沿西沙公路左轉蠔涌及輋下村灘頭, 兩日前我在不同潮汐漲退時間探路, 以下圖片可見不同景致比較, 個人建議來回程也去灘頭一遊, 可看到 不一樣的潮汐美景.
Last Saturday a team of 6 started the ride from Shatin to Sai Kung. 
從起點沙田孖橋出發至西貢市中心
First stop at  Wu Kai Sha pier 
第一站烏溪沙碼頭
We rode along Ma On Shan bike route to Sai Sha leisurely.
沿馬鞍山單車徑直踩往西沙公也很輕鬆

Soon we arrived at the beautiful shore of Nai Chung
到達泥涌海邊, 雖已入夏, 涼風習習, 爽 !



A day before the riding I was here in Nai Chung.
Different times of tide up and down, views are different. 
The above at noon with clear stone steps and the sandbar.
同一泥涌景點, 潮退與潮漲的不一樣景致.
In the clear day we can see Pat Sin Leng in the further.
The same pier of different tides down in Nai Chung with rough rocks formation. 
潮退後的泥涌石灘 
 
 After the pier we forwarded along the path
沿著海邊小路踩回西沙公路
Headed forward after a few minutes, turned left to Che Ha village to the sea shore 
見輋下村路牌左轉而下 
Along the path soon be there......
Undulating mountains and clear water. 
來到輋下村經林中小路盡頭便見海邊, 又是不同潮汐的景致.
Beautiful sandbar while tides down 
 
Behind is Saddle Ridge

we're here.......a stop for shots then go ahead.....
 歇一歇, 在此打卡, 騎遊山水間.

Riding along Sai Sha Road is not that hard.  Only a while of steep up and down. 
西沙來回西貢市中心祗有很小段暗斜, 上下也不難騎 . 
注意: 星期日及公衆假期西沙至西貢道路禁止單車騎行

We arrived Sai Kung town centre at noon 
經過西貢海濱公園來到市中心 再穿過對面海小村, 繞過西貢水警署折返.
這程從大學站去西貢市中心來回35公里, 很一輕鬆的一轉.
 

Parked the bikes in this restaurant for a delicate lunch with wine taste then a short ride in the market where we've free taste of assorted Dutch cheese.  I found the herbal cheese delicious and bought home for my light dinner.
我們就在這餐廳享用精緻午餐, 試一點紅酒後在一荷蘭芝士專門店品嚐不同味道芝士, 買下一款香濃香草味的回家, 即晚做了一份清簡芝士飯餐.
 
 


Almost every week I like to do hiking and biking.  With my teams we can explore new routes and get fit !
To make the simple and healthy meal is easy. I like to do with electric rice cooker.
Half cup of rice, a tomato, tumeric powder, garlic pepper, dried thyme, basil,  salt and egg  After cooked I slice the egg, little olive oil,  sunflower seeds and dried cherries as well slice of cheese.   That's my simple and healthy meal after a 35km ride.
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