This time of year, you’ll usually see me looking down at the ground as I walk, with a clutch of dried leaves in my hand. It’s leaf hunt season again — one of the most important times of year for my art. This is when I collect most of the leaves, twigs, and other broken bits of nature to photograph throughout the year.
I was originally worried that my leaf hunt wouldn’t be successful this year. My usual tromping grounds, like the Great Swamp, are still inundated with water because of Hurricane Irene. So I have done most of my collecting closer to home – in fact, most of it has been done walking my son to and from the school bus. And as luck would have it, I have found a lot of great leaves this way. We are only half-way through the leaf season here in Northern New Jersey, but I already have a large box full of leaves to work from. Of course, the majority of these will be culled out, but it’s a great start and I can’t wait to start working with them.
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Love your stash, says the textile artist! No matter how many leaves I collect, I can’t help picking up more each season. No two ever alike.
and I’ll await the creative future to see what comes of the hunting season!!