Dried Leaves Crocheted into Delicate Sculptures
May 9, 2017 5:11 PM   Subscribe

"At the intersection of thread, leaves, and her steady hands, artist Susanna Bauer produces miraculous little sculptures that fuse the natural world with the handmade..."
posted by web-goddess (25 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
Sort-of-related recent post, which links to Bauer's work in the comments...
posted by web-goddess at 5:12 PM on May 9, 2017

These are gorgeous. I love the little leaf cubes. They are all so precise, they're‚Äč like little surreal miracles.
posted by that's candlepin at 5:25 PM on May 9, 2017 [2 favorites]

posted by rtha at 6:09 PM on May 9, 2017

posted by The otter lady at 6:30 PM on May 9, 2017

Love these, and while I'm seriously uncrafty I'm thinking of modifying these ideas into something simpler to create with my kids, I think they will be entranced with this concept. Plus I think this will fit right in with their fairy garden.
posted by dawg-proud at 6:59 PM on May 9, 2017 [1 favorite]

These are beautiful! Thank you for posting.
posted by OrangeDisk at 7:07 PM on May 9, 2017

Love these, thank you.
posted by jacquilynne at 7:33 PM on May 9, 2017

Lovely. I get ideas this detailed and never get past making the first cut.
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 7:37 PM on May 9, 2017

I read somewhere else she does this to cool down from her stressful day job as a surgeon of nematodes and houseflies.
posted by Rinku at 7:57 PM on May 9, 2017 [6 favorites]

I want all of them.
posted by Room 641-A at 8:11 PM on May 9, 2017

How the everloving @#?& do you sew complicated embroidery patterns into dried leaves?

I'm having a nervous breakdown just thinking about it.

posted by pixlboi at 8:34 PM on May 9, 2017 [3 favorites]

This is why I come to metafilter.
posted by brambleboy at 9:39 PM on May 9, 2017 [2 favorites]

My jaw literally dropped. These are amazing.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 9:50 PM on May 9, 2017

Oh my god! Surprising, beautiful, and amazing!
posted by jebs at 3:25 AM on May 10, 2017

Wow, these are amazing. The ones where the leaves are rolled, with the end of the tube covered over. Those are my favorite
posted by FirstMateKate at 5:29 AM on May 10, 2017

These are beautiful. I love dried leaves, but they're so fragile - the thought of how easily they crumble would put me off trying even a simpler version of these. I remember when I was a kid I used to see instructions for preserving leaves with glycerine, which kept them supple but also a bit shiny, but Bauer seems to manage with the genuinely dry and crumbly-looking ones.
posted by Azara at 5:52 AM on May 10, 2017 [1 favorite]

Absolutely beautiful. Something my big, meaty fingers can't even consider. Then again, they can't consider anything, since they're just fingers.

Stupid fingers.
posted by xingcat at 6:18 AM on May 10, 2017 [2 favorites]

Wow. So beautiful. I do fairly tiny crochet, but it would never have occurred to me to do something like this. How does she make the holes? How does she get the hook through the holes without tearing the leaves? Just gorgeous.
posted by Mchelly at 7:39 AM on May 10, 2017 [1 favorite]

These are great and remind me of one of my favourite artists, Andy Goldsworthy
posted by robdeluxe at 8:01 AM on May 10, 2017

I need to learn how to crochet.
posted by late afternoon dreaming hotel at 8:45 AM on May 10, 2017 [1 favorite]

Beautiful, thanks so much for posting.
posted by Fig at 10:19 AM on May 10, 2017 [1 favorite]

These are gorgeous! I have no idea how she would have done this without wrecking the leaves. I am a knitter and have only the most rudimentary of crochet skills, but she's on a level even most crocheters probably only aspire to.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 11:31 AM on May 10, 2017

Really amazing from a "how the hell did she even do that" technical perspective, and also amazing from an aesthetic perspective.
posted by orange swan at 4:25 PM on May 10, 2017 [1 favorite]

I've been in awe of this artist for a while now. She also posts her work on Instagram here.
posted by Stephanie Duy at 6:22 PM on May 10, 2017 [1 favorite]

Fantastic... thanks for posting....
posted by HuronBob at 7:44 PM on May 10, 2017

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