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Artist Susanna Bauer must love fragile media. She has taken to turning delicate dried leaves and finely woven cotton thread into beautiful works of art. Although the materials she uses seem frail, her pieces reflect the strength so abundant in nature.

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Detail view of ‘One’ – this piece of work will go on show in January 2020 as part of the exhibition ‘Precious Paradise’ at @museumrijswijk in the #Netherlands, #Rijswijk #DenHaag #LaHague . www.museumrijswijk.nl/tentoonstelling/precious-paradise-147 . ‘One’ leaves (magnolia, plane tree, ginkgo, oak, eucalyptus, beech, poplar), cotton thread, 28 H x 38 W cm (framed), made in 2019 . photo by @art_photographers_cornwall

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Bauer told Bored Panda,

As you can imagine, working with fragile dry leaves requires a lot of patience and a steady hand, but the focus of my work for me lies on the effect it has on the viewer, on the ideas that flow into the compositions and the thoughts the pieces can evoke.

To create a piece that not only is intriguing as to how it is made, but also touches the viewer on a deeper level.

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‘Web V’ . You can find a detail image of this piece a few posts back… . #texture #weboflife

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Her pieces start out as a collection of leaves that she sorts and ends up mounting and framing.

The artistry is only a small part of the entire process and she will usually have pieces in various states of completion around her studio at a time.

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After months of work, I have finished a triptych with 36 individual works in three large frames. This little branch is part of this collection. . #commissioned #privateartcollection @murielguepingallery #NewYork . detail from Collection Triptych l #magnolialeaves, cotton thread . Collection Triptych, 2019 three frames, each 102 H x 84 W x 7 D cm . photos by @art_photographers_cornwall

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Crochet is a traditional handicraft. But Bauer pushes crochet to its limits by using it as a method for building and expression.

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‘Realignment’ . This leaf was shown at the #Voltaartfair in #Basel earlier this year with the Swiss gallery @lesalon_vert . #magnolialeaf, cotton thread 38 H x 27.5 W cm (framed) 2019 . photo by @art_photographers_cornwall

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Since the main material is organic and easily broken, all of Bauer’s art is protected behind conservation grade glass that blocks out 99 percent of UV rays.

She drys her own leaves and says she may keep them for years before they are selected for her next work.

Each of her dried leaf works tells the story of the durability of nature and shows how great works can come from a small and patient hand.

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#macro detail of ‘Path V’ . soon going to @murielguepingallery #NewYork

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See more of her amazing work on her website susannabauer.com.

Which ones did you like the best? Let us know in the comments!