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Chinese artist makes dead leaves live forever through unique carving skill02:56

Chinese artist makes dead leaves live forever through unique carving skill

China, Yushuan County
December 29, 2018 at 00:59 GMT +00:00 · Published

Lei Ting, a young woman from Yushan County in the Chinese Jiangxi Province, carves delicate artworks on fallen leaves using a craft knife.

As a fashion stylist who never studied painting or sculpture before, Lei learned the unique skill of leaf-carving through self-study, after finding a unique pattern in a fallen leaf eaten by worms years ago.

"It's very complicated to make a carved leaf. The selected leaf needs dozens of processes like dipping, trimming, kneading and many artistic skills like painting and paper-cutting. It takes several months to finish one single leaf-carving artwork" said Ting, explaining the challenges of her artwork.

In addition to traditional patterns, Lei plans to create a comic strip on a series of leaves and tell stories through this special carving art.

Chinese artist makes dead leaves live forever through unique carving skill02:56
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Lei Ting, a young woman from Yushan County in the Chinese Jiangxi Province, carves delicate artworks on fallen leaves using a craft knife.

As a fashion stylist who never studied painting or sculpture before, Lei learned the unique skill of leaf-carving through self-study, after finding a unique pattern in a fallen leaf eaten by worms years ago.

"It's very complicated to make a carved leaf. The selected leaf needs dozens of processes like dipping, trimming, kneading and many artistic skills like painting and paper-cutting. It takes several months to finish one single leaf-carving artwork" said Ting, explaining the challenges of her artwork.

In addition to traditional patterns, Lei plans to create a comic strip on a series of leaves and tell stories through this special carving art.

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