LIFE CYCLE OF TREE: SPROUTING 3/12
It's officially March!
This year I have set my energy aside to complete 5 goals that I wish to achieve:
1. Gift Wrapping
2. Natural Dye
3. Needle Work
4. Pattern Drafting
This month - SPROUTING marks the third month of my progress on each of the goals above. Some have been progressing on a pretty consistent rhythm; others have been somewhat motionless. No matter what the end result may be, the hardest part is, to begin with, "something" and to keep the momentum flowing. Here's my latest update on:
1. Gift Wrapping
Hurray! I've completed 25 posts for the Chinese New Year wrapping tips, which I will be delighted to share full details in my next post on 18th March. I sincerely hope that by sharing ideas of using what's available in your home as gift wrappers will inspire you with a fresh pair of lenses at effortless wrapping techniques. After all, not all gifts have to come wrapped in paper (like how it used to be), which promotes wastage - after unwrapping a present, we throw away the wrapping paper, and the "wrapping-throwing" cycle continues. With what's available from our home, we can save money by going green, so stay tuned for the upcoming post - The complete cycle of Chinese New Year Wrapping Ideas on 18th March.
green wrapping account: @wabisabi.wrap
2. Natural Dye
I love going to the wet market to hunt for fresh ingredients. It's a place where you can have a sense of the changing seasons around the world with the availability of seasonal imported vegetables and fruits. Since I have been experimenting with natural dyes, whatever I find in the wet market has great potential to be processed into beautiful natural dyes.
This month, I am using a bag of "scrap flowers" as my medium. During my childhood days, my grandma used to forage fresh flowers from her beautiful garden monthly to use as offerings to Gods. After praying, these flowers will be considered "flowers with blessings". Utilizing a big pail filled with clean water and blessed flowers, we would enjoy a flower bath（花水), for every family member to be showered with countless blessings. How beautiful and blessed is that?
Another way to make your own flower bath is to visit places like the wet market, locate the florist shop, and request for "scrap flowers"（碎花). It will cost you about $0.50 - $1 sgd for a bag of flower mix.
I bundle dye (steamed dye) all kinds of flowers and let them air dry for a day. Below are images of my current experiment on wet market "scrap flowers"
Future Forest by Thomas Dambo
All beautiful images from Future Forest via Thomas Dambo official website
His work has really been an inspiration for me. Every work he does, he does it in a meaningful and fun way to create an impact in people's minds. The way he interacts with kids, workers from the landfill, people who work with him, warms my heart. It is rare to see an artist who has so much gratitude to the people around him. I can't help to wonder what made him the Thomas Dambo of today. Keep up the great work, Mr. Dambo! :)
Image via Netflix
A Japanese series on Netflix, the only thing I like about this is the content and the recipe! There is a total of 11 episodes in this series and at the end of each episode, the actress will feature the drink and the food that she prepared in the episode (with full recipe and the preparation process!!). For those who enjoy cooking and eating, this show is a must-watch for you.
Here's my version of Misozuke after watching and learning from the series:
May your goals sprout with you,