|Hapa-zome - beating colour into cloth|
It is a simple exercise of obtaining fresh plant material and literally 'beating' the colour into the cloth with a small hammer or rubber mallet. With the young people home on school holidays, we just had to give it a try!
After rummaging through the wardrobes, we came up trumps with a 100% cotton, plain white t-shirt. This was pre-soaked overnight in a mordant of homemade yoghurt and water to hopefully assist the adhering of the colours on the cotton. The next day, the t-shirt was rinsed and dried and then the fun began...
Some fresh plant material was gathered from the garden..
...and with nothing more to it, 9yo got to work. What fun it is to bash plants onto a t-shirt!
And how noisy! We used a solid wooden chopping block to protect the table from the hammer, and a piece of paper over the more delicate flowers to prevent them from being reduced to a mushy pulp. The t-shirt was then allowed to dry and we have yet to iron it to set the colours. The longer the dye is left on before the first wash, the better the result. We have yet to wash the shirt, too!
|The back - plants used: silverbeet/chard, parsely, comfrey, potato leaf, pink daisy, fern leaf, rosemary spikes, alyssum, geranium petals, beetroot leaf, kale, calendula|
|The front - there is a sort of order in amongst the chaos|
Not having any more plain white t-shirts to play with, the young people soon decided it might be fun to try the same technique on paper instead...
Out came more chopping boards and hammers/meat mallets. The 'bashings' were made onto some handmade paper I found lurking in the cupboard and will make great additions to homemade cards.
I don't think we have seen the last of this top..I am tempted to embelish it in some way, perhaps with some crocheted ric-rac or beading.....
|Oh, the possibilities!|