With so many different directions one could go with this project, the hardest part about designing a place for a leaf was picking a concept, sticking to it, and then refining it. My preliminary ideas where taken from places where one might find a leaf, not a place where my leaf belonged specifically. By taking key words and concepts from my original ideas and measurements and shapes from my leaf, I came up with a more abstract vision. The next problems I overcame were the limitations of the paper and the technique I was using to achieve the desired result. After hours of frustration, I realized that I needed to deconstruct my concept further. The resulting piece emphasises the three dimensionality of the holly leaf, while using design elements such as repetition and economy to make the leaf and its place a harmonious whole.
When photographed, the negative spaces and shadows add interest and balance to the composition.