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Artist Transforms Brittle Leaves into Delicate Crocheted Sculptures

Artist Susanna Bauer uses natural objects that often go overlooked and breathes new life into them through the art of crocheting. She transforms dry, brittle leaves into delicate sculptures that are awe-inspiring in their detail and craftsmanship.

Bauer hasn't picked the easiest material to work with. If you've ever stepped on a brown leaf, you probably know how easily it breaks beneath your feet, making a crunching noise and splintering into several pieces. Her sculptures, however, look as though they're completed with relative ease. The artist crochets tunnels, cubes, and cones, in addition to some decorative stitching. And, it's all done without cracking the form.

Bauer's work is a balance of fragility and strength, and this duality also signifies the tenderness and tension found in human connections. She explains, “The transient yet enduring beauty of nature that can be found in the smallest detail, [is] vulnerability and resilience that could be transferred to nature as a whole or the stories of individual beings.”

Bauer currently has an exhibition at the Lemon Street Gallery in Cornwall, England, running through the June 27th.

Photo credit: Simon Cook

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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