Saturday, July 22, 2017

Outing inspired creation 寓郊遊於創意

Bounty from nature !
"What day is today? What can I expect today?"
"Everyday is a special day. Each day is a happy day !"
Yup, that's the Q&A of me and Mogi.
After a consecutive torrential rainy days, we've the clear, blue and sunny days.  That said I'm out for a sporty as well a creative day.
Our stunning nature, the greenery or the water are never boring.
My visitor student Violeta after the tutorial in my home studio, we managed to have hiking with our regular team on Friday.  We started the trail from Shek Pik to Shui Hau Village on Lantau.
Walking up and down the steps in a sunny day. 
It's a moderate hiking trail all along the island in the bush.
Sunny, hot and sometimes with sea breeze was not that hard  
 In two hours we arrived a camp site for a break and view ......
Are the cows tired?  We're not...... heading to......
 the sandbay of Shui Hau Village.
A view in the bay then forward to Tai O

Tai O is a fishing village, the waterways of creek and river merges with lots of stilt houses over it, so called Oriental Venice.

One of the attractions is to watch the Chinese white dolphins.  We took the 20-min boat ride and was lucky to have seen a few dolphins jumping up. The motions were so fast that I was not able to take a shot.  All in our memory !
We called it a day and returned by MTR.  Violeta and I were not heading home instead going to Shamshuipo for materials shopping.  Violeta's so impressed with our transport networks, the many varieties of materials and accessories of good prices and the stunning scenery of Hong Kong.
Yes, we've a well developed transport network to every corner of the region.
Wish Violeta and Paul enjoy more before returning home.
My overseas friends can't imagine we have the vast splendid greenery, undulating mountains and beautiful coasts. Just the day before, I went cycling in the east of New Territories. I just love the sandbays and the mangroves.
Particularly the tide out gorgeous views are gorgeous.

 There're lots of mangroves.  Now the blooming season of Hibiscus tiliaceus with lots on the ground. How can I resist to print with them ?  That's why every time when I do hiking or biking I'd have good hunts.

Home with a  few of the Hibiscvus tiliaceus and Lagerstroemia speciosa, I made the prints.
Next I will have more photos of the making and prints.  Stay tuned.
Thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Visitor's eco prints and wool works tutelage 訪客學生的製作

Such a nice visitor student from Australia came to learn eco printing and wool felting. Violeta said that she has been following my blog for a year and would very much like to learn the way I am doing with eco printing and wool felting as well love to see my cat Mogi. Taking her vacation in Hong Kong,  Violeta's spent 2 days in my home studio for the making of the above eco prints and wool felt stuff.
Before the formal tutelage we've a nice coffee and went to the fabric supplier for shopping
Stop a while for the harbour view then ferry ride.

First thing to do is eco printing on a big silk yardage with assorted leaves.  The silver dollar euc and onion skins with alum never go wrong for beginners.

After bundle boiling fresh from the pot without washing we do the nuno felting for a multi-styled scarf-vest. Violeta started the layering of merino wool, raw curly fleece and little mulberry silk for the shinning and textures.

A multi-styled scarf-vest with delicate prints is made by Violeta.
While the first big yardage was boiling, we took the time to do another skill of mirror prints on silk and cotton.
Rolled up and boiled for an hour.

A chiffon silk and a cotton with the same shapes of prints but different tones are made.
The next day was doing nuno felt with skills of surface/ embellishment design.
"Mogi, freeze! Don't spoil the layout"
He's such a brat of curiosity. 
The chiffon base dyed in euc barks with textures embellishments of scraps dyed in tumeric.

 A chiffon scarf with loop and textures with 3D embellishment as well raw fleece is made
Mogi safe guard the merino wool for another project.
Next to do is wool felt surface design with skills of resist and a flower with organza.
A wall hanging of different skills sampling-  3D textures, double holes, lace embellishment.... all in one is a good exercise..  The flower corsage with double petals is nice.

Violeta said that her dream of coming to Hong Kong for a visit and learning with me as well meeting Mogi came true. 
I'm glad for Violeta's emthusiam of learning. Her design of prints is pretty.
Mogi and I were delighted for Violeta's coming.  Though the days were gray with pouring. Her cheerful and laughs made us happy days.  Mogi found a good company around.
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