HAPA ZOME fabric printing project for kids
The kids and I recently did a quick flower pressing activity onto card. The technique was so much fun and the results so pretty, we got so excited about trying it out again. I since discovered that the technique of pounding leaves and flower petals with a hammer or mallet onto fabric (or other materials) in order to transfer the colourful pigment is called Hapa Zome; and is a originates from Japan. The Hapa Zome process is honestly so much fun. Kids young and old will really enjoy this very hands on process art using nature.
Following on from our first attempt at Hapa Zome, where we used flowers and a hammer and tried a few different ways of ponding the flowers. This time, we decided to give it ago on fabric. I found an old white pillow case which i cut open so that it was a single flat piece of fabric. The only regret I have now is that I didn’t iron it first!
Again we tottered around the garden collected a few flowers, we decided to get really experimental this time and took a small number of lots of different types of flowers and leaves, including lavender. I popped them onto the table with the lid from a takeaway container and a large bolt that I found in the garage. We had used a hammer in our last flower pressing activity, but I thought the smaller tool may make pounding it easier for little hands.
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Placing our petal and leaf sample face down onto the fabric, the plastic container lid was placed over it and the bashing began. It’s a noisy process as you can imagine; which makes it all the more fun for our littlest of learners. The first time round I placed a board straight onto the carpet, which seemed to absorb quite a bit of the noise. This time however we did it on top of a table, not something I would recommend if you are going to do this with groups of children!
Asides from getting in lots of fine motor practice from bashing the flowers and leaves with the tool. We were able to discuss the amount of force that was needed for different petals, the colours that transferred; were they the same or different, which flowers transferred more easily than others. Not to mention simply talking about all the different colours.
The finished fabric was adorable. The colours are so pretty and I think we will add to it over the coming weeks and months. It’s definitely become one of our top nature based activities and as we’re now in autumn it will be exciting to see what different colours and shapes we can add to it over the different seasons.