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Autumn is an incredibly scenic season when the ground becomes decorated with an array of colorful leaves. Once the trees become skeletal, there’s a lot of things people do with the remnants, including:

  • Raking
  • Jumping in piles
  • Collecting
  • Crafts

However, Omid Asadi creates artwork out of fallen leaves in a highly intricate and fascinatingly unique way. His precision and creative talent have led to his work being showcased in exhibits in London, Manchester, and Milan.

Here are 16 works where Asadi has transformed a fallen leaf into an incredible work of art.

Omid Asadi, an artist originally from Iran, was drawn to creating art out of leaves after leisurely drawing on flowers as a child, which prompted his inspiration to use nature for his art.

To create these pieces, Asadi collects specific leaves and then presses them before working to sketch out the design to carve out.

Asadi uses a knife to carefully cut out his design, a process that he says can take between a week and two months to complete.

Considering how delicate the medium Omid works with is, the slightest slip of the hand could end up tearing the entire leaf and destroy hours of strenuous work.

“Art for me is the way of looking differently to this world and around myself,” Omid Asadi writes on his website.

“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 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.”

While Omid Asadi explained to Daily Mail that many people see the beauty in his work, he’s also trying to tell specific stories with each leaf.

For his work, Asadi only uses three tools — a scalpel, a magnifying glass and sometimes a needle.

To finalize each piece, Asadi simply presses the leaves without resorting to using anything chemical related.

 Once the leaf has been carved completely, Asadi uses wood glue and carefully presses it to a black or white piece of paper to help increase the contrast.

“The most important message around my work is to look better at the world around us,” Asadi told the Daily Mail.

Omid Asadi now resides in Manchester, a place that he says is constantly inspiring him with ideas for new pieces.

After an impressed panel of judges decided to display Asadi’s work in Milan, 30 of the pieces were auctioned to raise funds to provide clean water in Africa.

 The recent 20th Century Fox film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, highlighted Asadi’s process as he created a leaf in theme of the movie.

Omid Asadi has amassed a number of followers for his creations and his work is continuing to be displayed at various exhibits.


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