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Turning a new leaf in artistic carvings

By Zhao Ruixue in Jinan | | Updated: 2021-08-16 14:08
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A leaf by Du Wanli, carved with the shapes of 12 Chinese zodiac animals. [Photo provided to]

With a pen and a small knife, Du Wanli, 64, brings life to fallen leaves by carving them into different shapes.

Two decades of work on leaf carvings made her a skilled leaf craftswoman. To date she has created over 1,000 works including carvings on fingernail-sized boxwood leaves.

"Leaf carving is a time-consuming and complicated art, which usually needs over 20 procedures including selecting, cleaning and air drying," she said, adding a work takes at least one month to complete.

"The pattern carved on the leaf is based on the leaf's shape, venation and texture. I have to be totally focused on carving to avoid any venation rupturing," she said.

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