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Leaf Beasts: Simple Animal Sculptures Cut from Dried Magnolia Leaves

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Leaf Beast is a recent project by freelance illustrator and artist Baku Maeda that seemingly brings dead leaves back to life. Maeda took advantage of the warped shape and veiny structure of dried magnolia leaves and made only minimal cuts to create each piece. See Part I and Part II. (via Laughing Squid, Lustik)

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A Spider Fixing a Leaf

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OK, so the spider isn’t fixing the leaf, but that doesn’t make it any less amazing (and no, it’s not Photoshop). Paris-based photographer Bertrand Kulik stumbled onto this tiny spider who managed to construct its web inside a leaf with a giant hole and snapped these photos at just the right angle. (thnx, Alex!)

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Stitched Leaves by Hillary Fayle

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I’m really enjoying these stitched leaved by artist Hillary Fayle who is currently working on a MFA in Craft/Material studies at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. We’ve seen many different artists working with leaf cuttings (which Fayle does as well), but this aspect of suspended embroidery is pretty special. You can see more examples on her website, and custom pieces are available on request. Photos by Natalie Hofert Photography. (via Lustik)

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Ethereal Woven Metal Leaf and Seed Installations by Michelle Mckinney

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U.K. artist Michelle Mckinney examines the contrast of manmade materials with forms of nature in her ethereal installations of leaves, seeds, and butterflies formed from handcut woven metal. The artist cuts each shape from copper, brass, or steel mesh which is then colored and assembled into the forms seen here. You can see more of her work over on Facebook and in her portfolio. (via Colossal Submissions)

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Fashion in Leaves by Tang Chiew Ling

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Fashion in Leaves is ongoing personal project by Malaysian illustrator and artist Tang Chiew Ling that explores various forms of leaves and flowers as if they were fashion sketches. Ling previously merged flora with illustration in another series of images called Object Art, and if you liked this, also checkout Drawing with Leaves. (via The Jackass Gardener)

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Miya Ando’s Flotilla of 1,000 Bioluminescent Leaves

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Last year artist Miya Ando traveled to Puerto Rico where she released 1,000 non-toxic resin leaves coated with phosphorescence into a small pond. During the day the leaves would “recharge” and at night would give off a ghostly, ethereal glow much like the light of a firefly. Titled Obon, the installation was inspired by a Japanese Buddhist festival of the same name that honors the spirits of one’s ancestors. The leaves were also meant to simulate Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent bays, a natural phenomenon caused by dinoflagellates, photosynthetic underwater organisms that emit light when agitated.

You can learn more about Ando’s artwork over at Spoon and Tamago who stopped by for a studio visit not to long ago. You can also follow her on Tumblr and if you’re in the NYC area next month she’ll have a solo exhibition at Sundaram Tagore Gallery starting June 20th. Photography courtesy L. Young.

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A Duet for Leaves & Turntable

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Composer and sound artist Diego Stocco released a brief clip today featuring his experiments with a new turntable and a few freshly gathered leaves. Leaves! More specifically all bass, kick and snare sounds heard in the video were made by alternating the leaf type, angle, pressure as it was applied against the turntable. If you’re unfamiliar with his work, Stocco is known for sampling audio from nature and other unexpected instruments in order to remix and modify them into music. My favorite piece is still Music from a Dry Cleaner.

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