WORDS Palesa Kgasane
Artist Susanna Bauer’s crocheted leaf sculptures are the result of a lot of patience, tenderness and dedication to appreciating nature’s beauty.
The technique that Susanna Bauer uses to create these one-of-a-kind leaf sculptures is one that very few people may be able to master. The results are visual masterpieces, bringing a sense of innovation to the art of crocheting, while meshing nature into design. Using large, dry magnolia leaves as a canvas, she stitches tiny crocheted cotton yarn onto the leaves; some so seamless that it looks almost natural. The stitches are not just embellishments, but works of art that entail hours of work and patience.
As Susanna explains on her website, “There is a fine balance in my work between fragility and strength; literally, when it comes to pulling a fine thread through a brittle leaf or thin dry piece of wood, but also in a wider context – 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.”
The Leaf Works sculptures are currently being exhibited at Le Salon Vert in Switzerland.
To see more of her amazing work, visit susannabauer.com.