Magical touch: Artist turns palm leaves into art

Updated 2018-06-15 11:47:00

Palm leaves art created by artist Zhou Jialin.

A few palm leaves can be re-shaped into a lifelike grasshopper in just two minutes, if touched by the hands of Zhou Jialin, a handicapped artist who lives in Changsha, Central China's Hunan province.

Zhou, who is audibly impaired, is an intangible cultural heritage inheritor. She has created a miniature animal kingdom with palm leaves, giving life to small geckos, spiders, butterflies, to works that are slightly larger, including horses, peacocks and cranes. A piece of artwork may take a few minutes to several days to complete, depending on the size, but it may take several months for Zhou to transform a concept to reality.

Palm leaves art created by artist Zhou Jialin.

Palm leaves art created by artist Zhou Jialin.

Palm leaves art created by artist Zhou Jialin.

Palm leaves art created by artist Zhou Jialin.

Artist Zhou Jialin works on a bird.

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