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September 30, 2010 4:55 PM   Subscribe

Have you been thinking about what to do with all the leaves that have fallen in your yard? Try leaf art.
posted by Xurando (19 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
These are gorgeous, but as a rule I prefer leaf performance art. Cannonball!
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 5:03 PM on September 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


Take them to the forest and set them free!
posted by i_cola at 5:05 PM on September 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


Huh, and here I usually just fire up the leaf blower and whoosh them into the neighbor's yard.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 5:21 PM on September 30, 2010


Whoosh them into my compost pile, won't you?
posted by nevercalm at 5:22 PM on September 30, 2010


'Leaf art' sounds like 'Le Fart' -- har!
posted by mazola at 6:04 PM on September 30, 2010


what to do with all the leaves that have fallen in your yard?

I'm tempted to try my hand at this, but I think I'll start with some of the leaves that have fallen.
posted by StickyCarpet at 6:19 PM on September 30, 2010


Is this something you'd need to have a yard to understand?
posted by birdherder at 6:29 PM on September 30, 2010


I prefer to put some leaves on wax paper, sprinkle them with shredded crayon, put another piece of wax paper on top, iron... elementary-school style!
posted by candyland at 6:31 PM on September 30, 2010


"Take them to the forest and set them free!"

You REALLY should have given Brick credit for that!
posted by HuronBob at 6:37 PM on September 30, 2010


I thought this post was going to be about my beloved Andy Goldsworthy.
posted by 1-2punch at 6:50 PM on September 30, 2010 [3 favorites]


Wow, these are great! I like the carved leaves the most, perhaps especially because I've never seen that before.
posted by FishBike at 6:56 PM on September 30, 2010


When I was a little kid, in art class, we used to take the autumn leaves, fold a sheet of wax paper around a couple, and then go over the sheet with a hot iron, sealing them in the wax paper.

Then when I was a little older, I'd separate the green part of the leaf from the "veins" in the leaf, making a leaf skeleton, of sorts.

But this: woah. Great post, thanks.
posted by not_on_display at 6:59 PM on September 30, 2010


The cutouts are pretty sweet, but some of the stuff in this page ranges a little too far into bad thrift store velvet painting (that might be an oxymoron) territory for me to take it seriously as "incredible art."
posted by emilyd22222 at 7:07 PM on September 30, 2010


Mrs underflow worked with Pamela Olson for a while, making things like this out of a few thousand leaves.

She mentioned it's hard to distinguish colors after two days of staring at yellow leaves.
posted by underflow at 7:44 PM on September 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


technically impressive getting pictures on a leaf, but most of it is sadly kitsch art.
posted by stbalbach at 7:47 PM on September 30, 2010


I really like the leaf art of your third link, the "art" one.
posted by nickyskye at 8:21 PM on September 30, 2010


Am I the only dummy who thought this would be piles of dead leaves artfully arranged on people's lawns?
posted by domnit at 10:20 PM on September 30, 2010 [3 favorites]


Am I the only dummy who thought this would be piles of dead leaves artfully arranged on people's lawns?

Maybe, but I was definitely expecting something like leaves photographed artfully with great lighting or arranged in a picture frame. But just leaves. Instead we got works of art painted on and carved into leaves, which was a nice surprise.
posted by FishBike at 6:55 AM on October 1, 2010


I've been working on a leaf based performance art for a few years now. Basically, I set up some huge fans under the trees and force the leaves as they flutter down over to my neighbors side of the property line.

I'm calling it; "They're Your Problem Now."

So far it's met with somewhat mixed reviews, but I'm not really concerned with what others think. I do my art for myself.
posted by quin at 8:06 AM on October 1, 2010 [3 favorites]


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