This delicate pieces of artwork are made using nothing but fallen leaves. Sometimes, we take things for granted and then there is someone with a unique perspective on things who make us notice the beauty we might have been missing.
One day, the artist Omid Asadi realized that fallen autumn leaves were truly beautiful and fascinating, so he decided to make people notice these fragile pieces of nature. Working with his wife, who encouraged his creativity and who is skilled in the art of Persian miniature painting, Omid Asadi began to develop a way to turn fallen leaves into artistic treasure.
Omid says in his artist’s statement, “Art for me is the way of looking differently to this world and around myself. I started to think why nobody paid attention to these beautiful leaves and trod on them, because of their name – if they were called flowers we wouldn’t tread on them at all! I wanted to give the leaves another Life and make art from them.” He also frequently cites a quote of unknown origin in reference to his work: “Anyone can love a rose, but it takes a lot to love a leaf. It’s ordinary to love the beautiful but it’s beautiful to love the ordinary.”
Turning natural objects into art helps us see them in a new way. Instead of just look at them as leaves, we can appreciate their colors, shapes, and textures when their context is changed.
Omid carves leaves completely by hand, using an X-Acto knife and a delicate touch. After that most of the carvings are affixed to paper with wood glue before being mounted and framed.
The artist says he used to use a needle to carve tiny pictures on leaves and flower petals when he was a child in Iran. But as he grew older, he gorgot about this. Only later, after he had moved to England, that inspiration struck him again.
The whole creative process includes collecting, drying, pressing and only then, carving the leaves. A single leaf can take up to two months to complete. The work is quite precise, delicate, and labor-intensive. You really need to have steady hands to do it! One slip-up, and the leaf would have to be destroyed.
So far, Omid has created many amazing carved leaves, and has gained attention from all over the world.
Take a look at some of Omid’s artwork below, and you might start seeing leaves a little differently!