Leaf Carving

Introduction of leaf engraving

Leaf carving is a new art form that has just appeared in recent years, which takes natural fallen leaves in autumn! With modern technology processing, by hand on the unique charm of the leaves, carved, a stroke and a knife, the exquisite pattern will jump up, exquisite. Each leaf carving tells a legend, a story, and elaborates a history and culture!


Leaf carving is a traditional Chinese folk art work. Its production process is very tedious, and the selected leaves need to go through more than 60 processes such as tanning, trimming, pounding, soaking, carving, grinding, ironing and bleaching. Let's enjoy a beautiful set of leaf carving works, right? Leaf carving, a new art form that has just appeared in recent years, is made from natural fallen leaves that mature in autumn! With modern technology processing, by hand on the unique charm of the leaves, carved, a stroke of a knife, the exquisite pattern will jump up, exquisite. Each leaf carving tells a legend, a story, and elaborates a history and culture! From the leaf carving, we can appreciate the perfect combination of the profound Chinese traditional culture and modern technology.
Artistic Features
It has both common features and unique characteristics with other arts in the aesthetic principle of art creation. It has the expressions of printmaking, micro-engraving, and paper-cutting, but also absorbs their strengths to make up for their weaknesses. The difference lies in the fact that leaf carving is the use of natural leaf natural form, the tricky use of natural, highlighting the interest; follow the nature to show the natural skill and the scene of the unity of man and nature, the use of leaf material vertical and horizontal veins, natural mutilation to create the state of life of the leaf, creating a magical moment of art. Make the work from nature and above nature.

Omid Asadi, 36, is an artist living in Manchester, England, whose main subject is "leaves," not special, expensive leaves, but fallen leaves that people often step on.
Someone said something like this: "Anyone may love a rose, but is unlikely to love a leaf. Love of beauty is common and normal, but love of the common can be a beauty!"
Omid Asadi noticed the fallen leaves when he went to a paper-cutting exhibition at the Manchester Art Gallery, where he said, "Art to me is the difference between the world and myself." So he started to think about why people step over them and no one notices the beautiful leaves.
In Omid Asadi's hands, fallen leaves are brought back to life. Turning leaves into beautiful "leaf sculptures," he uses only hand knives and needles to create everything from statues of famous people to wild animals to philosophical objects and patterns that inspire him.
Omid Asadi said, when carving and cutting to create, I always try to convey a message through my work, not just beautiful art.
Some of these messages or ideas come from my worldview, poems I've read, stories I've heard, and even global issues and philosophies. I am also influenced by the work of other artists and designers.
For example, creating this work to support the conservation of the Persian leopard, which is an endangered wild animal.
I have received a lot of positive feedback from the public and media, which makes me happy because people like my work and can have fun with it. And it also shows beauty, love, not war, conflict, disease, hunger and hate.
Leaf sculptures are foreign?
Leaf carving, also known as leaf cutting, is made by hand from natural fallen leaves that mature in the fall, and then carved by hand on the fallen leaves to make beautiful patterns.
Leaf carving is actually a very old Chinese art, you do not think it is a foreign art oh.
Leaf carving works appeared in the early Western Zhou Dynasty. This work is a story familiar to many people; according to "Lv's Spring and Autumn Annals", King Cheng and Shuyu swallowed a house, aid wu leaves for the seal, and gave Shuyu said: "Yu this seal female (you), Shuyu happy to inform the Duke of Zhou .... So he sealed Shu Yu in Jin." -This is the allusion to "cutting the tung to seal Yu".
In the Han Dynasty, the art of leaf carving had become quite popular, and a poem depicts the prevalence of leaf carving among the people at that time: "The Han concubine holds a child playing in front of the window, skillfully cutting the tung leaves to shine on the window screen." This shows that the art of leaf-cutting was already quite popular in the Han Dynasty.
Characteristics of leaf carving creation
In the aesthetic principle of art creation, leaf carving has both common features and unique characteristics with other arts.
Leaf carving has the expressions of printmaking, emblem carving, paper-cutting and other arts, and absorbs the strengths of their creations to make up for their weaknesses.
Printmaking
Emblem carving Paper cutting
The difference lies in the fact that leaf carving is the use of natural leaf natural form, the tricky use of natural, highlighting the interest; follow the nature to show the natural skill and the scene of the unity of man and nature, the use of leaf material vertical and horizontal veins, natural mutilation to create a leaf of the state of life, creating a magical artistic moment, so that the work from nature and above nature.
Leaf carving pine, bamboo and plum three friends of the year to appreciate
One of the last three inheritors in China - Liu Zheng
I want to keep the short life of leaves alive through leaf sculpture-Liu Zheng
Leaves sprout in the spring rain and wither in the autumn night, its life is so short that it is saddening. Fortunately, before they return to dust and decay, someone has used the ancient technique of leaf carving to preserve the beauty in the microscopic world. The validity period of this beauty can last for 100 years.
Liu Zheng is the one who insists on engraving the story of light on the leaves. He was born in Zhoukou, Henan Province, to a family of leaf carvers. His grandfather was a leaf carver, and he gradually became interested in leaf carving through exposure to it, but at that time, his skills were limited to presenting the outline of a pattern, and no one in his family depended on leaf carving for a living.
At university, Liu Zheng chose to major in architectural design, and after graduation, he entered an architectural design institute in Zhengzhou to work. However, he felt overwhelmed by the lack of creativity in this job, and by chance he came into contact with many artists in an art village and felt their enthusiasm in pursuing art creation, so the idea of passing on his ancestors' leaf carving skills was born in Liu Zheng's mind.
But it is not easy to carve on the tiny and fragile leaves. Three years ago, after quitting his job, Liu Zheng began to study leaf carving with a mindset of almost certain failure. Picking spring leaves and summer leaves, he kept trying and failing, but he kept getting braver and braver.
Until the end of summer and autumn, when he finally reached his grandfather's level after experimenting with hundreds of leaves, and could carve the outline of a pattern on the leaves again. It took two more years of trial and error before the vivid and clear leaf carvings became available.
It is also necessary to control the steaming time according to the characteristics of the leaves, to master the strength when peeling the flesh of the leaves, etc. All these experiences are accumulated by Liu Zheng under repeated failures. Now he already knows how to design patterns according to the temperament of the leaves, and the veins of balsam fir leaves are very dense, so he can create super realistic style.
In his eyes, the beauty of each leaf is unique, and he is trying to freeze more kinds of leaves in the form of leaf sculpture in the most beautiful moment.
The beauty of leaves is not easily perceived, unlike flowers, which can amaze the world when they bloom brilliantly, but the skill of leaf sculpture makes the beauty of leaves shine in the long course of time. It is undoubtedly a lonely and long creative process to carve on leaves as thin as cicada wings, and it is only the resilience of the craftsmen who have been doing it for thousands of years and the untiring innovation and exploration of the new generation of inheritors that make this microscopic art last.

 

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