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"...According to Wikipedia, engraving is the practice of incising a design onto a hard, usually flat surface, by cutting grooves into it. The result may be a decorated object in itself, as when silver, gold, steel, lacquer, or glass are engraved.
But how about engraving patterns on a leaf which is thin and soft?
Huang Taisheng, born in 1950 in Taizhou, east China’s Jiangsu province, succeeded in leaf engraving after years of effort and is recognized as a pioneer of natural leaf engraving art. In 1994, after his artworks were collected to be recognized for a Guinness World Record, he was awarded a certificate from the headquarters of Guinness World Records in Shanghai. He was inspired by a moth-eaten leaf whose veins looked like a map of China. Engraving on thin, fragile, wet, and soft leaves seemed an impossible task at the very beginning, but he never gave up. With unremitting efforts and help from biological experts, Huang came up with a special biological solution. When a leave is dipped into the solution for a certain period of time, it will become suitable to engrave characters or other demonstrative patterns on it.
In addition to soaking, the selected leaves have to go through several dozens of processes before changing into beautiful works of art, including tawing, trimming, hammering, pressing, engraving, grinding, ironing and bleaching.
Professional treatment with the special biological solution and the above processes will make the engraved leaves more flexible, damp-proof and moth-proof, and likely to be well preserved for a long period.
Huang’s works are highly recognized and collected by many museums in China and the rest of the world. The themes of his works mainly fall into the following categories: historical figures such as Confucius and Shakespeare; Chinese calligraphy and murals; Buddhism; political leaders such as Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping, Sun Yat-sen and his wife Song Qingling; and cultural gurus such as Chinese novelist Lu Xun, painter Xu Beihong and Jingju performing artist Mei Lanfang.
At present, several professional and folk artists in the country are engaged in leaf engraving, making the art more widely known and on the fast track to growth..."
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