About me

Obovate is shape of a leaf. How did I come to decide upon this name? When I do eco-printing (botanical printing), I use several different shaped leaves. The name, Obovate has a nice ring to it, so that’s how I came to name this blog.

What is eco-printing or contact printing? The word, Eco is short for ecology, which is a science and study of the relationship between living things or organism and their environment.

Eco-printing (botanical printing) is a modern approach to natural dyeing. It is an ecological printing technique using botanical, such as leaves, twigs, roots and barks as a natural source of color and dye. This printing technique was developed by India Flint, an Australian textile artist.

The different types of leaves are positioned or layered on the fabric and bundled up tightly with strings; and then boiled or steamed in water. The colors and prints are contact impressions released from the natural pigments from the leaf to the fabric. Eco-printing involves no harsh chemicals in my process. Just because it’s eco-friendly, doesn’t mean it is safe. The process of cooking does result in some plant materials to release fumes or odor that may be harmful to people with allergies and certain sensitivities.

Interview + press: Contra Costa Times (patience-persistence-pays-off-fiber-artist)

Published, artwork: Surface Design for Fabric, Prof. Kimberly A. Irvin (earth staining)

Member: Livermore Art Association (LAA)

Thank you for visiting, I welcome all your comments, do drop me a line at: mltai@melindatai.com

*Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Melinda Tai and Obovate Designs with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

1 Response to About me

  1. Kim Irwin says:

    I would like to speak with you regarding permission to use some of your photos in a textbook. Please let me know if you are interested and I can tell you more about the project.
    Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

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