Sunday, February 18, 2018

Route of slow fashion design 慢活時裝之路

My way of slow fashion is long. I enjoy it and want to explore it with natural printing and design it in my way.  This silk blend raglan outfit just done.  
A blog reader commented "Terriea, you make it sound so easy! Like we all could go biking and then come home and sew something beautiful.  You are inspiring."
It's true that in the recent days I almost done with "good finds" from biking.  Mother Nature gives me lots windfalls wherever I go. 
近期我的慢活時裝從布料圖紋而至完成大多是從騎行單車路上撿拾植物印染而成,製作過程慢長但很享受,這件剛完成的外套正是桉葉、馬尾松及牽牛花等元素。
騎單車的日子在香港可能要暫停了,因要出門遠行及為機構的纖維藝術創作教學。
這星期去以色列特別用當地春天漫山遍野的小黃花做系列創作,也許周末有空檔在特拉維夫的地中海岸悠悠騎行,從中啟發靈感。身在海外,因「Apple」已不再支援「Blogger」,一段時間我不能在此發放網誌,衹好在我的 facebook 知悉動態了,
Here's how the raglan outfit made........
Got some windfall of buds of eucalyptus on a leisure ride

On the other day got the morning glory and the leaves. 
A layout on the fabric with appropriate mordant to bring out the shade and shape
Here's the outcome with effect of iron and tannin after 1.5 hours boiling

On separate fabrics I laid different formation 
 Outcome with clear background and outlines with iron mordant

The "before & after" looks of prints from rose leaves, eucalyptus and needle pines
Well, the pieces of fabric all done and ready for the cutting and sewing
A trial composition

Sewed the raglan sleeves, a side pocket and fixed with pearl shell buttons.
 Mogi, "hey, does it fit well?"
It's light and fits well for the cool spring.  That's what I done with nature inspiration after biking. 
 
  This year I may not be able to do more biking as have a few commitments of projects overseas.  I miss my team and the activity.  Last week a glimpse of the area down where I went with the team for the rides along fish ponds, village lanes and bushes.......
 
This may be my last ride in our local eucalyptus plantation.
 But I reminisce my 2014 visit in Israel and the blooming of the yellow flowers.
How's the sweet boy now?
 I just want to do a special project of series of flower prints as I did in Israel years ago.
That simple yellow flowers and the pines make me travel again this week to Israel
These photos were taken in 2014.  I am so happy to meet again my good friend Betty and stay in her house to do my project. 
I do wish this weekend I can do biking in Tel Aviv along the coastline of Mediterranean Sea.
 It's a shame Apple does not support Blogger so I can't do blogging while I am on the road. So that I may disappear for some time. Stay tuned on my facebook.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Keep warm with fluffy and wool stuff

We're embracing cold front, feeling chilly.  Fortunately with fluffy and own made wool felt boots I'm warm enough.
近日冷鋒南下,寒流襲港,我也得要好好保暖,穿上自己製作的羊毛氈長靴,擁著毛茸大貓總有點溫暖。
"Are you warm enough Mogi?"
"Yup, my fur keeps me warm"

I know the other part of the strait in Taiwan also freezing.  The package was on the way to my lovely client - YaLing.  I know she has already received the package and keeps her warm too.
想念日前寄出臺灣客人訂購了的羊毛絨披肩、桌畫及包包,相信她也感身心溫暖吧。

YaLing ordered three items from my ETSY -  a wool flannel shawl, a table runner and a wool felt purse.

I made this soft wool flannel with own printed eucalyptus and casaurina. 
The wool felt purse made in Portugal with the raw fleece of local sheep for the textural flap. 
 
Table runner of wool flannel with cotton backing also printed with assorted leaves picked locally inc. eucalyptus leaves, barks, branches and maple.
It can be a table runner, a bed runner or a wall hanging.  
I have been doing on line shop ETSY for a few years but not many physical items listed as I mainly sell the instant download natural prints tutorials (English version, Russian Version, Advanced version).  Thought it's time to replenish some more items.

Lazy me I always like to do own clothing with natural prints.  Here's the one I recently sewed with prints of euc and buds.   Will show more details next for the easy piece..

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Gift set of natural printed pouches 植物印染包包禮物

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 YaLing is one of my students in Taiwan. She's very enthusiastic of natural printing and wool felting and invited me for one-on-one tutelage twice.  She's very generous and so kind that I cherish very much our friendship.  I just wanted to reciprocate her hospitality by making something special and functional. So I printed the fabrics and sewed a series of pouches for her.
YL 是我其中一位很好學熱誠的台灣學生,她對植物印染及纖維創作的熱忱兩度邀請我親往教學,安排上一𢇁不苟,體貼細緻,實在很感動。為表謝意,我為她製作了一系列植物印染包包,我愛親手弄禮品送給我喜歡的人,雖然坊間可以很便宜買到更精美設計的大小包包,我仍是真摯地手作送予會欣賞心思的人。包裹日前收到後YL 馬上給我她在公園𢹂著包包的影子,很可愛的女生。
Layout of plants on fabric with appropriate mordants for fabulous effects I learned from Irit Dulman.  This image of "before & after" with different species of eucalyptus, onion skins and yellow Tithonia (Mexican sunflower 五爪金英)YaLing also knew how to make it now.
 The cotton "iron carrier" has the mirror prints but not the same color tone as on wool.  Prints on cotton is darker with flower shapes while on wool is more bright.  It's pretty to do something with the cotton prints.
I sewed a simple tote bag with the ready made handles.  That's it.

Finished the tote bag then used the remnant of the same fabric I sewed a smaller pouch with zipper.


The pouch printed with the leaf of Tithonia too.

I've a bigger piece of silk prints with sumac done before.  I sewed with handle straps and inner pocket so that it can be folded for easy storage.  
YaLing gave me some beautiful handmade papers from Taiwan.  I treasure them so much.
I made a batch of paper prints  
They can be pages for art journal or blank greeting cards.  
A set of natural printed pouches was mailed to Taiwan last week.
  
YaLing received with surprise and sent me immediately the photos she took during lunch break. 
Nowadays the mass production of pouches in market is very cheap.  Who would like to spend hours in making?  However I like handmade gifts for special ones.  I know they would appreciate the thoughtfulness of the maker.
There are many ways of making "iron carrier" or "iron blanket". I've a post I made it previously.   Based on that accidental outcome I tried on the "iron carrier" for shades.  Here's the post of the effect.
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