Spring Crochet Inspiration: Susanna Bauer’s Crochet Leaf Art

Are you looking for a little bit of crochet inspiration for spring? Of course, as far as patterns go there are plenty of roundups for Mother’s Day crochet patterns, Memorial Day projects, and spring shawls. However, if you just want to gaze at something pretty that might inspire you to do something more innovative with your own work, then look no further than the upcoming art exhibition by Susanna Bauer. What she does with nature and crochet is truly amazing.

Who is Susanna Bauer?

Susanna Bauer is a fiber artist who merges the worlds of crochet and nature. She uses simple crochet stitches and yet her work is so innovative that it immediately captures the attention. Why? Because she repurposes found fallen natural leaves into art by crocheting directly onto and around them.

Bauer has been showing her art since 2008. She had her first solo show in 2013, according to the CV on her website. With each new collection of her work, she takes her unique process even further. She creates both 2d and 3d crochet leaf designs. Make sure that you take the time to explore her site to see all of her different work. It truly is some of the best spring crochet inspiration on the web! Notice that although her crocheted leaves make up the biggest percentage of her body of work, she also has crochet over stones and crochet added to wooden sticks.

Susanna Bauer’s Crochet Leaf Art: How Does She Do It

She doesn’t do anything in particular to strengthen the leaves. In other words, she doesn’t apply some special glaze to solidify the leaves and make them stronger. She uses botany techniques to wash and dry them. Then she works very carefully to add intricate crochet lace directly to the leaves themselves. This really gives new meaning to working with tension in crochet. Of course, crocheters and knitters all know that tension makes a big difference when creating fabric. Just imagine the added factor of working with the soft or brittle organic nature of the leaf at the same time.

Susanna Bauer crochet leaf art

Crochet Inspiration: Spring Art Exhibit

Susanna Bauer is an artist. She uses the craft of crochet and her botany skills to create small works of art. As an artist, she displays her work in galleries. In fact, she has a spring 2021 gallery show in May/June at Le Salon Vert in Switzerland. If you happen to live there or know someone who does, visiting this crochet inspiration in person should definitely be on the calendar. After all, if it’s as amazing as this viewed on the screen, just imagine having the opportunity to see all of the stitch detail in real life.

How to Use This Crochet Inspiration

If you’re really creative then maybe you’ll take this crochet inspiration and run with it. However, you don’t have to actually go try to crochet on leaves in order use this inspiration. You might crochet a cozy for river rocks to create artistic paperweights. Perhaps this inspires you to look for spring crochet patterns for leaves, flowers, and other crochet appliques. Or maybe this simply makes you want to get outside and crochet while in nature. Let it inspire you in your own way!

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