You can crochet a lots of things – scarf, head-wear, toy or huge sculptures, but most likely you crochet yarn or thread. While artist Susanna Bauer tries to do something different – she managed to add tiny crocheted embellishments of cotton yarn to the rigid edges of large dried magnolia leaves and create some fascinating yet delicate sculptures. To work with fragile material like dry leaves is difficult enough to have a double thought. But when you take a closer look, you will find near perfection in Bauer’s stitching, a near Herculean effort in patience. Here are some of our favourite and you can see more on Bauer’s website.
Assembled with patience, imagination, and a steady hand, artist and illustrator Helen Ahpornsiri creates below incredible delicate pressed fern illustrations from her studio in East Sussex. Using tiny bits of stems and leaves, Helen created honey bees, pheasants, magpies, spiny seahorses, weevils, moths, Totoros, and other creatures which are scarcely larger than a coin. Watch her assemble a tiny robin in time lapse below and if you like her work, you can also follow her on Instagram.
Leaf Beast is a project by Japanese artist Baku Maeda who seemingly brings dead leaves back to life and created beautifully simple animal sculptures out of them. Taking advantage of the warped shape and vein structure of dried magnolia leaves, Maeda made only minimal cuts to create each piece. Really simple yet elegant creation. Click here to see his full series: part 1 and part 2.
UK based artist Omid Asadi created below stunning leaf artworks with a craft knife and a needle. Using delicate cutting techniques, he successfully created these intricate cuttings depict beautiful animals and iconic celebrities, such as Che Guevara and John Lennon. According to Asadi, he always tries to create pieces with a message, not just beautiful art. Take a look at our some of his collection below and find more on Asadi’s facebook.