See Susanna Bauer’s Incredibly Delicate Crochet Leaf Sculptures
Susanna Bauer may have studied landscape architecture at university, but her most recent works take a much more micro look at the natural landscape. Magnolia leaves are the artist’s primary medium, which she crochets with yarn to create impossibly delicate sculptures.
Before she applies tiny hooks and needles to the leaves, Bauer preserves them by washing them and leaving them to dry for several weeks, a technique widely-used by botanists.
Through years of cultivating her practice, Bauer has gained a mastery over this fragile medium.
“It took me a very long time to get to know the limits of the materials I work with,” she writes on her website. “When I start a piece of work I have a fairly clear idea what a particular leaf or piece of wood will allow me to do, so thankfully breakages are very rare these days.”
Evidencing a masterful approach to craft, the crocheted leaves have been shown in galleries and at art fairs throughout the UK and Europe.
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