Thursday, September 22, 2011

process

left: wild grapes and some vine and leaves on thick silk,
dyed two days ago
right: indigo leaf prints...pounded onto the same silk.
the prints were washed after a week 
no color loss

17 comments:

Fiona Dempster said...

Those leaves look amazing - do you literally pound them with something to transfer the colour and then leave them for a week? Intriguing!

Diana Angus said...

Love the leaf pounding; cannot remember Japanese name for the process. It is mentioned in India's book.

aimee said...

oh, velma! such wonderful work you are doing. the best part being that it really is work, joyous work, and then the end is a little rest with a big smile.

kaiteM said...

wonderful colours there, i think India calls the flower pounding "hapazome". very strong leaf colour, you must have pounded well, good for frustration release.

iNd!@nA said...

tee hee...told you it was addictive, didn't i? and Diana, the Japanese name 'hapa-zome' [which is "kitchen Japanese" for leaf dye] was given to the process by me in 2006, after spending several days in the green room at the Yamaguchi Performing Arts Centre beating leaves into a 6m x 6m floor cloth
the process has probably been around forever, but the name was something i pulled out of the air...

Valerianna said...

Since I don't teach printmaking anymore, I miss doing collographs with leaves and such, I've often toyed with the idea of driving over my paper sandwiched between boards to make pull prints... I mean I know I can hand burnish, but using the leaf and the leaf only gave me great results with a press before. I do love leaves on cloth - and the wild grape color is beautiful.

more rain, ugh.

mjc said...

Oooh! Love the color of the wild grapes, and the detail in the leaves. Thanks!

Marilla said...

Gorgeous silks-I love the color from the grapes and vines, and the leaves are astoundingly beautiful.

onesmallstitch said...

love the clarity of the leaves and the grape colour is to dye for! wonder if the silk is responsible for the intense colour?

Velma said...

fiona, i sandwiched them between a china silk and the silk you see. i pounded gently with a hammer. opened, and let dry. the indigo blued some.
aimee, you are so right
d, k, and indie, i love it in moderation, my arm gets weary! the process i first learned in an outdoor education class, but india made me PAY attention to it, and first tried the indigo leaves
v & m & m & j, the wild grape is amazing on the silk. i used a slug of copper pipe in the hot vat.

bwilliams said...

Leaf pounding is one of the traditional crafts I teach my Appalachian Arts students most years. This years students are currently working on quilted wallhangings with a leaf pounding center panel and shibori patchwork borders. I have been posting their projects on my blog. They loved the leaf pounding. It tires me, but they are young and resilient.

Barry said...

V- nature offers such great gifts of colour and texture> B

neki desu said...

in love w. leaf pounding. clever use of indigo too.

Kit said...

Gorgeous, and beautiful together, too!

Lynda Howells said...

just fantastic..as India says it is addictive!x lynda

Velma said...

brenda, i am happy to hear of your work, i looked at your blog and will return
barry, yes, sometimes it's amazingly abundant, like this time of year, right before locking time
neki, india's idea and it's cool!
kit, i like them so much
lynda, yep. do i hear pounding on the wind?

handstories said...

beautiful rich color!
today i'm using playground plants to bundle w/2nd graders and next week we're planning to pound them as a part of their plant study, also sun printing. we're creating plant collage cloths.