If you envision your little one as a budding eco warrior or simply a cute elfin sprite, you might consider preserving your child’s essence with a customized leaf portrait by Jenny Lee Fowler. We love the ingenuity and resourcefulness of these silhouette cut-outs, a modern interpretation of early Americana or green Victoriana. Simply provide a clear photo of your child’s profile against a neutral background, and the artist will craft a unique likeness that no other print can replicate. It’s a great way to share the spirit of green and support crafty endeavors of the sustainable realm.
Jenny Lee Fowler hand-cuts these customized portraits from fresh leaves measuring approximately 2” x 3”, with stem intact. There are no shadows, no tracings, no Photoshop tricks involved – only a keen artist’s eye and very sharp scissors. As with all organic materials, a leaf portrait will gradually change color and dry over time, so they are best preserved pressed flat under glass and displayed out of direct sunlight. The leaves used are often Algerian Ivy – as well as other (non-endangered) species.
The artist describes more about the crafting process on her etsy shop page:
“The freehand method of closely observing a person while cutting their portrait directly from a piece of paper was a favorite of itinerant silhouette artists in early America. Now you can send digital or print profile photos in your place. I provide you with scanned proofs of your cuttings. And then your artwork is mailed to you in a standard dimension glass clip frame (usually 8×10 inches, but may vary depending on particular leaves).
Customized leaf silhouettes are a great way to celebrate any special occasion.