The Leaf Series is a study in the process of fold forming. For this project, I wanted to combine a very natural form, the leaf, with heavy forging.
Fold forming is a technique of annealing the material and folding it, then forging along either the folded edge or an open edge. The angle and force with which you strike the metal determines how the metal curves and forms. It is a perfect technique for working with organic shapes and lends itself to forming heavily textured pieces, like these forms inspired by leaves.
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