Extraordinarily Detailed Art Inside A Single Leaf Is Achieved Using A Magnifying Glass

Omid Asadi came to England from Iran several years ago. One day on a walk with his wife, Elham Rafiei, he started thinking about leaves and the fact that people preferred flowers. His wife, who is skilled in the art of Persian miniature painting, and him began to develop a way to turn nature’s trash into artistic treasure.

“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” said Omid.  He frequently cites a quote of unknown origin in reference to his work: “Anyone can love a rose, but it takes a lot to love a leaf. It’s ordinary to love the beautiful but it’s beautiful to love the ordinary.”

All of these beautiful pieces are carved completely by hand, and most are then affixed to paper with wood glue before being mounted and framed.

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Omid uses both the leaf itself and the “negative” white space to create beautiful, intricate and fantastical images. Check out this surreal piece.

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This one, which also reminds us of his inspiration for using leaves in the first place, everyone else simply sweeps them up and throws them away.

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One of his most popular pieces is this fanciful work of whimsy, with people riding away on dandelion fluff.

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The level of detail in some of the work is extraordinary. Omid utilizes a scalpel and a needle to work his way down to near-microscopic holes carved out between the veins of the leaf.

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The work is arduous but the results speak for themselves, especially when you can really understand, this is an actual leaf!

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But even his simpler work is quite extradordinary. This eye, for example.

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His earliest work, like this cut-out of Big Ben, shows how far he’s come in his technical skills since then, this simpler design is just as lovely as his latest and greatest.

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How incredible is this? At some point he might start splitting molecules if he gets any more detailed!leaf carved art 10

All that time spent hunched over a magnifying glass is paying off. His work has already been in several exhibitions and people are purchasing his unique works of art at prices of up to $3,000.

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