To make an environment-friendly art, some artists will deal with ‘trash’ and make it into something beautiful by incorporating it into their masterpiece. Going this route may seem unusual and weird, but for naturalist artists, it is a perfect choice, particularly if they wish to protect nature. Besides, some artists use the ‘trash’ in such a way that no one is able to comprehend that what they are seeing is actually garbage.
Then, there’s artists like Hillary Fayle who come up with something completely unique and creative while protecting nature. This student of embroidery preferred to use leaves to showcase her talents, instead of going the usual route. She creates intricately detailed embroidered leaves art as tiny art pieces. Using colored cotton thread and a needle, she patiently gives a new life to dry leaves that have fallen from the trees.
Fayle comes from the outskirts of New York City and is currently doing an MFA in Craft/Material Studies from the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. This US-based artist blows our minds with these extraordinarily detailed embroidered leaves art. She carefully spins webs of colorful threads, which she then weaves into the leaves. The end product, which is both intricate and vibrant, pays homage to both our precious world and the traditional arts and crafts.
To protect and make her tiny art pieces last longer, she coats the leaves with a non-toxic preservative that stiffens it up. She then moves on to cutting it and decorating it with exquisite patterns. In addition to embroidered leaves art, she also creates leaf cutting designs.
When asked why she wanted to use leaves for her embroidered art, she replied that she always wanted to use environment-friendly, sustainable and renewable materials for her art, so this was a natural choice.