The Greens

Oct, 2019- Nov, 2019

I have a habit to collect and save beautiful fabric scraps. This project used silk and wool fabric samples I received from my internship at Adam Lippes, Fabric R&D Team. Red onion were the key that turned the fabrics into green. I boiled onion skin to create dyes and use alum and iron as mordants. This collection ended up showcased in D-Day Studio, Woodstock, NY, during summer 2020. And most leaves were purchased by different interior decorators individually.

This project follows a wave of green, a wave of immersing in nature.

Winder Coverings

Pattern: Shapes from leaves
Materials: Silks from sample headers, muslin, wire
Techniques: Laser cut, natural dye, hand stitching, embroidery
Scale: Approximately 15 in x 21 in each leaf. 10 Leaves in total.

The need for green is so powerful that it will turn around fashion and design without any doubt, sprouting from different political, humanistic and survivalist sources it is impossible to ignore. But maybe the most important thing about green is its capacity to bring joy. Its energy and charisma are compelling and will help us be, combatting despair with optimism and happiness: joy seen as another form of activism.

– Li Edelkoort

Displayed in class room.


Dyed with green generated from adding ALUM to RED ONION SKIN
Laser cut muslin pieces bonded with fusible
What a luxury to be able to choose from so many green!
Creating venation with wire
After the bigger pieces are cut, these tiny scraps can also inspire interesting design.
The Greens always match with any each other
Light exploration 1/
I live in a apartment with 6 sets of window on 3 sides. I watch sun rises and sets.
It reminds me that we should utilize natural light to create more lively interior.
For the leaves as window covering, people can see the beautiful venation when sun light passes through.
Light exploration 2/
Even if on the cloudy day that without direct sunlight, the edges of silk fabric proofs the trace of sun.