Yesterday I stumbled upon the work of artist Lorenzo Duran. I have searched for a website or some such for him but can’t find anything official, so you will have to google him and see what you can find – search for leaf cutting artist.
Anyway, he makes the most amazing little artworks – from leaves! He does paper cutting, but on a leaf instead. It looks as thought it would be totally impossible to do, so I thought I would give it a go!! It is rather tricky, but I think it is worth it. I couldn’t get the details anywhere near as fine as I would like though, but have worked out if I cut fresh leaves and then leave them to dry I might have a better chance of some fine detailed work. Perhaps ther eis some way of preparing the leaf to start off with – although I am not sure I would be very keen on this, it wouldn’t seem quite right somehow – a bit like cheating? Maybe it is just me…
It was all just a bit of an experiment really. I would love to have more images to show you, but I did dedicate most of yesterday evening to this, when I should have been doping other stuff, so it will just have to do for now. I am glad I gave it a go though – now I know I can do it, I will think through some better designs and might come up with something amazing – you never know.
If you want to have a go yourself, I found the best thing was to iron the leaves first under a couple of sheets of tissue, and to use a brand new scalpel blade. Other than that, it’s the same as paper cutting really.