At first glance they look like delicately decomposing maple leaves, but take a closer look and you'll find that the lace-like veins of these leaf sculptures are actually stitched with human hair!
Jenine Shereos started collecting these "skeleton leaves" years ago after finding them on a hike in California. At the time, the Boston-based artist was experimenting with human hair as a medium, having already stitched locks of her own hair into pillows and books.
The parallel in nature between fallen hair and fallen leaves inspired Shereos to recreate the skeleton leaves using strands of brown hair. The resulting work, "Leaves," is a four-piece sculpture of maple leaves that look remarkably real, with the only clue to their origin being the fine wisps of hair that extend from the points of each leaf.
A single leaf takes months to laboriously stitch together, and though Shereos admits that using human hair might have that "ick" factor, "I love the idea of working with an everyday material that you would think of as maybe even kind of gross and transforming that into something completely different than what it was before," she says.
Read More: Jenine Shereos' 'Leaves,' stitched with human hair at Los Angeles Times
(Images: Robert Diamante via Los Angeles Times)