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Short Stories: Leaf People

Nov 8, 2012

by faunafindsflora handmade and vintage goods

Here at Etsy, we believe that the story behind an object is often just as fascinating as the object itself. Short Stories is our series dedicated to telling the tales behind extraordinary pieces found or created by Etsy sellers.

Here’s Fauna Finds Flora on her appealing creations.

Fall is my favorite season. I love the breezy air, shifting clouds, and the constantly changing scenery as the green leaves slowly change color. Every autumn, I collect fallen leaves. They are just as pretty as flowers, except that I would have a lot of angry neighbors if I picked every flower that caught my eye.

Instead of forgetting them as they lay pressed between book pages or withering on the windowsill, I decided to start using them for art projects. Leaves are easy to work with once they are pressed. Each leave is unique and interesting and can inspire a different idea. I’ve done illustrations of people with strange heads before (like shell or cloud heads), so leaf heads seemed like a natural progression.

My favorite part of making the leaf people is painting their faces, because that is when the personality begins to emerge. I imagine them each as different characters with likes and dislikes. For example, Sebastian loves books about plants, and Ruby likes painting pictures of landscapes. I usually decide what their bodies will look like after I’ve finished their faces; I like giving them old fashioned clothing from the Victorian era or the 1920s, although future leaf people may have modern attire.

I like imagining that the leaf people live together in a world of perpetual fall, somewhere wooded where the air smells like cinnamon and pumpkin bread. They are a merry group, but also slightly serious, spending their days studiously reading or taking walks while observing the plants and animals.

All artwork and photos by Fauna Finds Flora.

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