When I was younger, I used to have a weird obsession with pulling leaves off of everything. From trees to plants and bushes, as I walked by any greenery, I would make sure to snatch a bit off and let it crumble in my hand. Why exactly this became a tendency of mine, I will never know. All I remember is enjoying the feeling of crunchy leaves disintegrating or sticking my fingernails into thick greens. As I grew older, I definitely stopped my odd practices, but I will never forget how much I enjoyed it. The only traces now are that picnics in the park will often lead to pulling out at least a few blades of grass to rip up or create shapes with.
This all being said, my creations were never particularly masterful or as eye-catching as this incredible artwork by Iranian artist Omid Asadi who is currently based in Manchester, UK. Using fallen leaves (I guess he isn’t as reckless as I was as a child), an exacto knife, and a needle, he is able to create some of the most delicate, hand-crafted images.
It is clear his skills with an exacto are great. Anyone who has been to art and/or design school knows that the thin knife is more tricky than its looks let on to be. So, why not just use a typical canvas medium for his creations? Besides the obvious reason of originality, the artist states:
“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.”
Undoubtedly, this is an incredibly interesting way to look at leaves and it almost makes us feel guilty for not paying more attention to the beautiful, all-natural materials around us every single day.
All images via Omid Asadi
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