Artistic carving on the leaves
Artistic carving on the leaves – this is what the Chinese masters of Longal Craft Co., Ltd. have been doing for several years. They perform unusual and unique works made on fallen autumn leaves, or rather they are engaged in carving on dry leaves. The surface of the sheet as a canvas for the artist, but before the work, it requires some processing. All the leaves, and this is mainly maple, according to the owners of the company, are collected in ecologically clean areas.
The leaves are chosen for further work only symmetrical form, whole, without flaw and damage, beautiful and bright, of different colors and shades. Then they are subjected to processing, dropping into boiling water, to destroy all the germs and to give the sheet elasticity and softness, then dried, removing excess moisture.
And here the most mysterious action begins – this is a sheet carving, the subtleties of which are not disclosed by the company and are kept secret. Upon closer examination, it can be seen that the carving on the leaves is performed only on the top layer of the sheet, leaving the whole framework consisting of the “mesh” of leaf veins.
In this way, an extraordinary, weightless image is created, which seems to be held on a thin and transparent grid held by a fragile leaf stalk. We must pay tribute to the patience and skill of the masters, because it is necessary not only to accurately convey the entire artistic value of the image, but also to preserve the integrity of the sheet itself when working. The work is actually very fine and jewelry.
By the way, the company takes orders from individuals and undertakes to make any image of the customer, and then deliver the finished work in integrity and security at any specified address in the world. For the first time, a new direction in the art of carving on leaves was demonstrated by Huang Tai Shang. It was in the 1994th, and at the same time it was added to the Guinness Book of Records.
Work in this direction is very jeweler, because the leaves are not cut through anywhere. When creating a picture, only part of the sheet surface is cut off. As a result, a very thin, almost invisible to the eye translucent layer remains.
Work on the creation of carved leaves takes place in several stages:
leaves without defects are taken only in autumn
leaves are dried in the sun for ten months
then immerse them in boiling water for several hours in order to make them softer and kill the bacteria
Then the leaves are once again cleaned and start carving
once the final image is ready, the leaves are dried again
Well, then each sheet has its own fate. It is such a work of art from 100 to 200 dollars. The price depends on the complexity of the picture.
At first, it may seem that artists use ordinary maple leaves. However, another tree is used – plane tree.
Cutting a drawing on a thin leaf is very difficult. Chinese craftsmen will save here a long tradition of cutting on paper and relevant experience. But even great experience does not save those 60% of the work that are torn in the production process
Lorenzo Durand’s approach to this type of creativity is considered original, since the author uses a thin knife or a scalpel as a tool instead of the usual scissors.
This direction of handmade by the author himself calls naturayarte. To engage in such art, you must be extremely careful and attentive. It is enough one startle hands, in order in an instant to destroy the painstaking fruits of the activity. Such subtle, filigree work can take on average from one week to three months. Imagine now, what could be the cost of an “accidental miss”?
The idea of such a thread is not new. Lorenzo says that he carefully studied kirigami (Chinese paper-carving technique, rooted in the depth of ages) and scherenschnitte (Swiss and German paper-cutting technique, which has abbreviated symmetrical motifs).
According to Duran, the paper carving has a more oriental character, in the western world they practically didn’t know about it … In the end, the intrigues led the artist to the thought – “Why not try carving on the leaves of trees?” I think you can safely mention that the experiment was a success, and even more, led Lorenzo to a new kind of activity.
Since childhood, Lorenzo Duran was fond of art. He was interested in sculpture and painting. He was not afraid to listen to his inner feelings, to look for a muse, to set up experiments. He wanted art to enter his life both as a hobby and as a work at the same time. But life is such that it often has its own plans for how to dispose of human destiny. Lorenzo had to try his hand in various professions to earn a living. However, he did not effectively abandon the cherished dream, taking part in thematic competitive competitions.Prices for the creations of Lorenzo Silva vary depending on the complexity of the design and type of sheet. The most expensive sheet sold by the master cost the buyer 2,400 pounds sterling. Sales are made through the personal blog of the Spanish artist.
Lorenzo Durand Manuel Silva believes that nature is an inspired source for creativity. According to the artist, from wood, metal, mineral glass and the like, you can create almost any form of art. Nature lover Lorenzo Duran believes that fate has given him the opportunity to express his love for the environment through its own fruits – natural materials.
Lorenzo reduced all the work to the following stages: Collecting leaves, Washing, Drying, Press, Carving on leaves. In principle, the same thing as the Chinese masters and lovers.
While the leaves are under pressure (curiously, Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” acts as a press, and this is not a coincidence, but Lorenzo’s favorite book), the artist, without wasting time, creates a sketch of the future pattern, and then superimposes the drawing on the sheet and proceeds to the final stage of cutting on the principle of stencil.
Cutting is done with a small knife. At the very end, with the help of a magnifying glass, the final strokes are applied, which make a completely finished work out of the outline. This is the most important and difficult part of the work, because the material is very fragile. To spoil it is the same thing as putting down a week of painstaking work.