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Fragile Crocheted Leaf Sculptures by Susanna Bauer

March 2, 2016

Christopher Jobson

Adornment Vl. 29 H x 21 W cm. Magnolia leaf, cotton yarn. All photos courtesy art-photographers.co.uk.

Adornment Vl. 29 H x 21 W cm. Magnolia leaf, cotton yarn. All photos courtesy art-photographers.co.uk.

Working with the rigid edges of large dried magnolia leaves artist Susanna Bauer (previously) adds tiny crocheted embellishments of cotton yarn to create fascinating sculptures that marry the natural and artificial world. The fragility of the medium alone—dry leaves—is enough to cause a double take when first encountering these tiny interventions, and a closer look reveals near perfection in Bauer’s stitching, a near Herculean effort in patience. Many of her pieces are almost shockingly intentional, as if the plants had naturally grown this way, while others are more playful, featuring additions or subtractions that reorganize a regular leaf in unexpected ways.

Seen here are all new sculptures created in the last few months. Bauer currently has work on view in her exhibition titled Leaf Works at The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World through May 26, and will be showing new artworks starting next week at Muriel Guépin Gallery in a show called Natural Order. You can see more on her website.

Aligning. 34.2 H x 26.5 W x 7 D cm. magnolia leaves, cotton yarn.

Aligning (side view). 34.2 H x 26.5 W x 7 D cm. Magnolia leaves, cotton yarn.

Aligning. 34.2 H x 26.5 W x 7 D cm. magnolia leaves, cotton yarn.

Aligning (side view). 34.2 H x 26.5 W x 7 D cm. Magnolia leaves, cotton yarn.

Centered. 38 H x 38 W cm. Platanus leaves, cotton yarn.

Centered. 38 H x 38 W cm. Platanus leaves, cotton yarn.

Four Circles. 38 H x 38 W cm. Magnolia leaves, cotton yarn.

Four Circles. 38 H x 38 W cm. Magnolia leaves, cotton yarn.

Inner Circle. 35.8 H x 25.8 W cm. Magnolia leaves, cotton yarn.

Inner Circle. 35.8 H x 25.8 W cm. Magnolia leaves, cotton yarn.

Inner Circle, detail.

Internal Workings. 35.8 H x 22 W cm. Magnolia leaf, cotton yarn.

Internal Workings. 35.8 H x 22 W cm. Magnolia leaf, cotton yarn.

Moon Vlll. 35.8 H x 22 W cm. Magnolia leaf, cotton yarn.

Moon Vlll. 35.8 H x 22 W cm. Magnolia leaf, cotton yarn.

Moon VIII, detail.

Moon VIII, detail.

Resurgence ll. 38.9 H x 34.8 W x 3.2 D cm. Magnolia leaves, cotton yarn.

Resurgence ll. 38.9 H x 34.8 W x 3.2 D cm. Magnolia leaves, cotton yarn.

Resurgence l, detail.

Resurgence l, detail.

Trans-Plant No.19. 40.2 H x 40.2 W cm. Magnolia leaves, cotton yarn.

Trans-Plant No.19. 40.2 H x 40.2 W cm. Magnolia leaves, cotton yarn.

Susanna in her studio, photo by Rebekah Taylor.

Susanna in her studio, photo by Rebekah Taylor.

 

 



Craft Illustration

New Pressed Fern, Algae, and Gold Leaf Illustrations by Helen Ahpornsiri

February 26, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Artist Helen Ahpornsiri (previously) continues to explore the possibilities of pressed plantlife in her ongoing series of wildlife illustrations that depict insects, animals, and other creatures. The England-based artist has recently begun experimenting with gold leaf that she applies to ferns and then incorporates as accents into various pieces. You can see more on her website, on Instagram, and through her shop. (via the Instagram Blog)

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Art Craft

New Embroidered Leaves by Hillary Fayle

December 7, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Artist Hillary Fayle (previously) continues her exploration of embroidered plantlife using elegent stitching to create amalgams of leaves and seeds. Ginkgo leaves and maple tree seeds are sutured into tight geometric forms, while other pieces play with negative space as Fayle deftly cuts patterns and shapes directly into them. The plants are coated in a non-toxic preservative to both protect the artwork and ensure the brittle materials are more resistant to tearing. Seen here is a collection of Fayle’s work from the last year or so, but you can explore more on her website and on Instagram.

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Art Craft

Impressive Crocheted Leaf Sculptures by Susanna Bauer

June 15, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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To truly appreciate the delicacy of Susanna Bauer‘s leaf sculptures, think of crunching a dead leaf in your hand, how it disentigrates into dust with the slightest effort. To work with dry and fragile leaves as a medium for crochet seems nearly impossible, but Baur somehow manages it with ease, turning leaves into cubes, tunnels, and geometric patterns with techniques that might be more appropriate for the durability of leatherwork. She shares about her process:

There is a fine balance in my work between fragility and strength; literally, when it comes to pulling a fine thread through a brittle leaf or thin dry piece of wood, but also in a wider context – the tenderness and tension in human connections, the transient yet enduring beauty of nature that can be found in the smallest detail, vulnerability and resilience that could be transferred to nature as a whole or the stories of individual beings.

Bauer has a new exhibition of work at Lemon Street Gallery in Cornwall, England through June 27th, and you explore a bit more on Facebook.

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Art

Skeletal Leaf Bowl Sculptures by Kay Sekimachi

May 14, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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While attending school at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, artist Kay Sekimachi was struck by a quote from her teacher Trude Guermon-prez: “Try to make something with the simplest of means.” Over the span of her sixty-year art career Sekimachi took the words to heart as she rose to the forefront of contemporary fiber art in the 60s and 70s by creating challenging artworks with extremely limited means. Leaves, hornet’s nest paper, grass, shells, and linen constitute many of the materials in Sekimachi’s repertoire. Via the Smithsonian:

Sekimachi uses the loom to construct three-dimensional sculptural forms. In the early 1970s she used nylon monofilament to create hanging quadruple tubular woven forms to explore ideas of space, transparency, and movement. Inspired by her ancestral homeland of Japan, Sekimachi repeatedly returns to that ancient culture for ideas.

Among her more recent works are these delicate bowls made from maple leaf skeletons. The pieces are held together with the help of Kozo paper and special coatings of both watercolor and Krylon. Several of the works will be on view at the Bellevue Arts Museum starting July 3, along with an exhibition of work by her late husband, renowned America woodturner Bob Stocksdale. (via My Modern Met)

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Art Craft Illustration

Delicate Pressed Fern Leaf Illustrations by Helen Ahpornsiri

March 27, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Artist and illustrator Helen Ahpornsiri creates incredible pressed fern illustrations from her studio in East Sussex. Tiny bits of stems and leaves are arranged on paper to create butterflies, dragonflies, and birds scarcely larger than a coin. You can follow her on Instagram.

 

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