Friday, September 23, 2011

Ginkgo hand felted yellow leaf brooch

Ginkgo tree is an amazing plant. It is a true living fossil which means that its fossils date back 270 million years. The plant survived all major planet Earth's cataclysms and extinction events. At some point of its history Ginkgo trees were widespread all over our planet. In our times they have long been cultivated in Asia where its seeds are widely used in local cuisine.
Ginkgo felted brooch
Ginkgo leaves are of a very peculiar shape. They look like fans with veins pointing towards an edge of a leaf. During the summer leaves are of a regular green color but in the fall leaves turn canary yellow making Ginkgo trees excellent ornamental yard and street plants.
Ginkgo yellow leaf
Ginkgo leaves have long been used in medicine. Some studies suggest that extracts of Ginkgo leaves improve blood flow and enhance memory. Seeds of Ginkgo trees are considered by some Asian nations to have aphrodisiac properties and are sometimes offered at special occasions such as Chinese New Year or weddings.
green Ginkgo leaves
A unique shape and bright yellow color of Ginkgo leaves in the fall are very inspirational. I always wanted to create a brooch that would remind me of these canary yellow fans. There is something really ancient and pre-historic in the way these beautiful leaves look.

According to The Sibley Guide to Trees "four Ginkgo trees about a mile from the 1945 atomic blast at Hiroshima, Japan, were among the very few living things that survived, and soon regained their full health".
 Ginkgo yeallo leaf felted brooch

6 Comments:

Lana said...

very beautiful and interesting felt brooch!

AlexMOS said...

Wonderful flower! I like it so much!

Natalka Pavlysh said...

Beautiful leaf and brooch!

Style Outside The Box said...

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Kate
Kate@Styleoutsidethebox.com

Erica Louise said...

I featured your beautiful brooch and one of your scarves on my blog today; http://nblo.gs/r3mGL Hope that's ok with you?

Filipowskixotj said...

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