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Delicate Crocheted Patterns Splice and Embellish Susanna Bauer’s Dried Leaf Sculptures

November 8, 2022

Grace Ebert

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“Sum of the Parts” (2022), magnolia, oak, cottonwood, eucalyptus, plane tree, beech leaves, 38 x 34 centimeters. All images by Art Photographers, © Susanna Bauer, shared with permission

Vintage lace and the intricate innards of cells influence the thread components of Susanna Bauer’s crocheted works. The German artist, who lives in the U.K., stitches leaves she’s found, washed, and dried, a painstaking process made more laborious by the inherent fragility of the material. “Taking time beneath trees, gathering leaves, contemplating their shapes, imperfections, and details lies at the basis of my process. Along with this quiet gathering, stories form, dialogues between leaves emerge, reflections on time and change and interpersonal connections,” Bauer shares.

Many of the artist’s recent works are on view as part of her solo show Gathering Stories, which translates those conversations and themes into three-dimensional pieces. Similar to her earlier series, this new collection is diverse in species and crocheted patterns. In “Sum of Parts,” various segments from six different trees are spliced with natural cotton thread, while “Blossom” surrounds a single magnolia leaf with fibrous filigree.

Gathering Stories is on view through January 14, 2023, at Le Salon Vert in Carouge, Geneva. You can find more of her work on her site and Instagram.

 

A photo of four leaves with a crocheted border

“Emergence l” (2022), magnolia leaves, cotton thread, 50 x 50 x 5 centimeters

A photo of a leaf with a crocheted border

“Blossom” (2022), magnolia leaf, cotton thread, 30 x 30 centimeters

A photo of three leaves with a crocheted border

“Haven” (2022), magnolia leaves, cotton thread, 42 x 47 centimeters

A photo of a leaf with a crocheted border

“Time (Spring 22)” (2022), oak leaf cotton thread, 30 x 30 centimeters

A photo of two leaves with a crocheted border

“Sharing Dreams” (2022), magnolia leaves, cotton thread, 30 x 30 centimeters

A photo of a leaf with a crocheted border

“Emergence l” (2022), magnolia leaves, cotton thread, 50 x 50 x 5 centimeters

Four photo of leaves with a crocheted details

Top left: “Thrive lll” (2022), magnolia leaf, cotton thread, 30 x 22 centimeters. Top right: “Breathing lll” (2022), magnolia leaf, cotton thread, 38 x 28 centimeters. Bottom left: “Symmetry” (2022), magnolia leaf, cotton thread, 38 x 38 centimeters. Bottom right: “Calibration,” (2022), magnolia leaf, cotton thread, 52 x 42 inches

A photo of a leaf with a crocheted center

“Ginkgo Circle lll” (2022), ginkgo leaf, cotton thread, 21 x 17 centimeters

 

 

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Interview: Susanna Bauer Examines the Tension Between Strength and Fragility in Her Stitched Leaves

March 2, 2020

Grace Ebert

All images © Susanna Bauer and  Art Photographers, shared with permission

In the latest interview for Colossal Members, Cornwall-based artist Susanna Bauer discusses multiple aspects of her creative process, from how she sources her materials to her relationship to the natural world. In the conversation with our Managing Editor Grace Ebert, Bauer also spoke about her ongoing commitment to honor the environment and the ways she understands the relationship between strength and fragility.

 

 

 



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Found Leaves with Delicate Crochet Embellishments by Susanna Bauer

June 13, 2019

Kate Sierzputowski

“Everything That Surrounds Us”, all photographs by Art Photographers

In her series of sewn-together and crocheted leaves and twigs, Susanna Bauer (previously) considers the fragility of nature and humans’ inextricable tie to its survival. The Cornwall, England-based artist combines the found elements with fine cotton thread to produce unique objects steeped in the history of craft. Intimate marks add detail to small patches or the complete outline of browned leaves, drawing our attention to the natural growth patterns found in their interiors. A selection of her free-standing and framed sculptures is currently on view with Le Salon Vert at VOLTA Basel in Switzerland through June 15, 2019. You can view more of Bauer’s works formed from leaves, thread, and twigs on her website and Instagram.

 

“Moon XXXII”

“Path IV”

“Hope”

“Realignment”

“Repose”

“Restoration V”

“Suspended”

“Trans-Plant No. 21”

 

 



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Dried Leaves Crocheted into Delicate Sculptures by Susanna Bauer

May 4, 2017

Christopher Jobson

All photographs by art-photographers.co.uk

At the intersection of thread, leaves, and her steady hands, artist Susanna Bauer (previously) produces miraculous little sculptures that fuse the natural world with the handmade. Her crocheted embellishments stitched into dry leaves introduce unusual patterns or create hybrid “assemblages” of multiple fragments, and at times she adds elements that appear almost naturally occurring.

Bauer says she creates the works as a tribute to nature but also as a mirror to ourselves. “I’m interested in the way we relate to each other, how we are connected and what moves us,” she shares, “what we hold close and what we send out, how our own inner tenderness can give us strength and how every being is beautiful in its individuality and in its dialog with others.”

All of the pieces seen here are part of a new solo exhibition titled Connections that opened today at
Le Salon Vert Gallery in Switzerland.

 

 

 



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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.

 

 



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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 27, and you explore a bit more on Facebook.

 

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