If you're an artist, everything's a medium, and Susanna Bauer is a perfect example of that. Constructed with leaves and finely woven cotton thread crochet, her works hold a fine balance of fragility and strength. They reflect individual stories and connections and pay tribute to the enduring beauty of nature.

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“‘Cube Tree No.5”

“‘Cube Tree No.5”

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Cris Şerbu 4 months ago

Amazing!

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"As you can imagine, working with fragile leaves requires a lot of patience and a steady hand, but the focus of my work for me lies on the effect it has on the viewer, on the ideas that flow into the compositions and the thoughts the pieces can evoke. To create a piece that not only is intriguing as to how it is made, but also touches the viewer on a deeper level," Susanna told Bored Panda.

"The work starts when I’m out collecting, choosing, sorting leaves and arranging compositions and ends with mounting and framing, the actual making process is only a part of the whole creating process. Also the time to make samples and to try out new ideas becomes part of the creation of a piece of work. I always have several pieces in various stages of completion at my studio and it entirely depends on the complexity and the size of the work how long a piece will take to complete."

#2

“Navigation”

“Navigation”

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Withnail 4 months ago

But, how?! I could swear this was leather. Absolutely amazing!

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Crochet is a traditional craft, which can be both functional and decorative, although in Susanna's work she seeks to transcend these attributes. The craft technique of crochet becomes a sculptural method, her means to the expression of ideas and emotions, and by that it bridges the gap between craft and fine art. "I create my leaf pieces with very fine hooks, needles and thin cotton threads and by working on a very detailed and small level I am pushing crochet to its very limits," she said.

#3

“Trans-Plant No.21”

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SkyTheImaginer 4 months ago

Perfect matches!

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"Combining this method with such a fragile material as leaves highlights the delicate nature of the subject matter that I’m interested in - the tenderness and tension in human connections, the transient yet enduring beauty of nature that can be found in the smallest detail, vulnerability and resilience that could be transferred to nature as a whole or the stories of individual beings. The technical part of my work and the use of natural leaves highlights this balance of fragility and strength. Working with tension is an integral part of crochet work, but it can also be seen metaphorically, as managing tension plays a big part in our lives and our surroundings."

#4

“Everything That Surrounds Us”

“Everything That Surrounds Us”

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Cris Şerbu 4 months ago

Lovely idea for a wedding invitation

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"Each leaf comes with its own unique character and by dedicating time to a seemingly so impermanent, yet so perfectly shaped object, the work becomes a tribute to nature, but also a mirror of ourselves and the world around us, evoking thoughts about time, individuality and transience on many different levels and opening eyes to the ephemeral yet enduring beauty of nature."

#5

“Moon XXXII”

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SkyTheImaginer 4 months ago

How delicate do you have to be to do something this tiny??

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Susanna's works are as fragile as an Autumn leaf you find on the ground. "I don’t coat or treat my leaves with anything to make them more rigid. To protect them all works are framed behind glass."

"Leaves decay through the exposure to the weather, insects, microorganisms and the sunlight's UV rays and every effort is made to protect my works from these influences. All my leaves are washed and thoroughly dried for several weeks after collection. Sometimes a leaf stays at the studio for years before I select it for a piece of work. Drying is the standard conservation technique used by botanists all over the world; Kew gardens in London for example holds dried and pressed specimen that are over 200 years old."

"All leaf works are mounted behind conservation grade glass, which filters out over 99% of UV rays, but as with most artworks, it is recommended to keep them away from prolonged direct sunlight or high humidity environments," the artist added.

#6

"Reunion"

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OTTER 4 months ago

Now that’s unique!!! Makes you want to put a little ladybug in the pocket.

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#7

“Path IV”

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Dawnfire 4 months ago

The easiest maze

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#8

"For What Binds Us"

"For What Binds Us"

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SkyTheImaginer 4 months ago

Love this one

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#9

"Union"

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lilly nyangweso 4 months ago

This would be wonderful for a pregnancy announcement

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#10

"Ten Circles"

"Ten Circles"

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Natters 4 months ago

Guys... it is ten circles. I saved you the trouble and counted just like you were thinking to do.

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#11

"Lace II"

"Lace II"

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Ashley Wright 4 months ago

Wonder how she gets and keeps the leaves so supple

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#12

"Halves II"

"Halves II"

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OTTER 4 months ago

Should be displayed on the wall of an Indian Chief’s tepee. I love this one!

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#13

“Repose”

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SkyTheImaginer 4 months ago

Spiderweb?

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#14

“Restoration V”

“Restoration V”

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OTTER 4 months ago

Reminded me of when my grandmother would darn my fathers sock... about 100 years ago!! lol

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#16

"Common Thread"

"Common Thread"

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OTTER 4 months ago

A leaf Forrest!!!

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#17

“Suspended”

“Suspended”

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OTTER 4 months ago

The final blow.Makes me sad : (

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#18

"Core"

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OTTER 4 months ago

Needs a little blue birdie egg inside

#19

"Link"

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John 4 months ago

And that’s how tree babies are made.

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#20

“Moon XXX”

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Nikki D 4 months ago

How in the world did you crochet around the veins? Wow.

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#21

"Three II"

"Three II"

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OTTER 4 months ago

Looks like the leaves caught the web.

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#22

"Web"

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Andrea Delden 4 months ago

I am amazed by each and then I see the next one and fall in love again!

#23

“Realignment”

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Laura G 4 months ago

Frankenleaf!

#24

"Patchwork"

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Bluebell Rizzi 4 months ago

this one reminds me of my heart...

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#25

"Opening Out"

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Christy Rothchild 4 months ago

How in the world is this done without the leaf falling apart!?

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#26

"Collection (Two By Two)"

"Collection (Two By Two)"

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Linda Sellers 2 months ago

Soooooooooooooo beautiful. I want this one too.

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#27

"Flow"

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OTTER 4 months ago

Anyone else looking at these like “ink blots”???

#28

"Restoration"

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OTTER 4 months ago

Makes me want to find the butterfly who made the holes. Bet it’s pretty!

#29

“Connect”

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John 4 months ago

Wise men debated for centuries as to how trees reproduced. When they saw this scene they shouted, “Eureka!”

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#30

“Trans-Plant No.19”

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Brenda Swann 3 months ago

Amazing creativity and talent, with a nudge from Mother Nature..beautiful

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