Artists have an interesting way of seeing beauty even in the most mundane of things – such as fallen autumn leaves. Who of us would have thought that they could be used in creating mind-blowing pieces of art, right? Well, that’s exactly what Omid Asadi did.
The 35-year-old artist from Sale (originally from Iran) realized one day that the leaves were particularly fascinating but felt bothered that no one else had noticed it. In fact, people just walk right over them all the time. He eventually decided to use the leaves as his “canvas”.
“Art for me is the way of looking differently to this world and around myself.I started to think why nobody paid attention to these beautiful leaves and trod on them, because of their name – if they were called flowers we wouldn’t tread on them at all! I wanted to give the leaves another life and make art from them. This was my first step to becoming an artist and my leaf cutting art led to a very successful way.”
Using an X-Acto knife, Asadi creates his masterpieces on these tiny natural canvasses, painstakingly carving out details and producing wonderful artworks.
“I collect beautiful leaves, dries and presses the leaves before sketching out complicated patterns to apply to each one.after sketching I start cutting with knife .Each piece can take between a week and two months to complete as a slight slip of the hand could rip the surface and destroy hours of work.”
Looking at his work, we’re absolutely not surprised that it has been getting a lot of love and attention. In fact, his works have been exhibited in London, the Charlton Art Festival, the Arison Art Gallery and in Milan, and the Corn Exchange in Manchester, among others.