More graffiti, of a kind. If you are often out walking around the North side of Edinburgh as I am, then you may well have spotted the mysterious leaf-folk who have recently appeared near Belford bridge. One turned up a few weeks ago, and there are now five human figures plus a leafy dog. Their maker is apparently anonymous . . . but, then again, perhaps they have no maker: I rather like the nonchalant way that they seem to have just formed themselves out of the urban Autumn landscape. One often sees lone hats or gloves on this path, looking rather damp and folorn, and it is as if these lost objects have found themselves new leafy-bodies.

33 thoughts on “leafy

  1. How fabulous – if a little spooky, particularly that child! Here in Bristol, street art abounds, particularly in Montpelier/Stokes Croft, my neighbourhood. Some of it is temporary – either because it is designed to be, like the leaf people, or because someone else comes along and works on top of it. Other works are so ambitious in their scale and subject matter that they are allowed to remain, and quickly become part of the urban landscape – Banksy’s works are the obvious examples, but there are many other lesser known hands at work, and I find their creations a constant source of wonder and entertainment. I am amazed by the dedication and determination of these, often anonymous, artists/creators. Thanks for sharing these leaf people.

  2. Wow…what fun! but I hope Tom hasn’t lost his hat…..
    Wonder if there is anything in the leaves in my park? There was a knitted fairy in summer for a few days until she flew away.

  3. That’s really neat! Where I live in Canada, each October people make what are known as “Pumpkin People” on their front lawns. Their bodies are stuffed with straw and their heads are made of pumpkins painted with expressions. They can take on any personality at all. From medieval knights riding on pumpkin head horses, to familiar cultural icons, anything is possible and it makes for great fun.

  4. what fun! You must be eager each day to get out for a walk with the dog so you can see what new people have materialized. I wonder what games the leaf men are up to when no one is about?

  5. This is wonderful! Sadly, due to incessant rain, Newcastle’s leaves have become rather more ‘slipping hazard’ than ‘art.’
    However, continuing your theme, Heaton Park has been sporting some fine (knitted!) graffiti of late (poor quality evidence coming up):

  6. I love this! Also: Bruce is so big now! I like his slightly worried look; is he thinking “what’s with these leafy people?” or “we’re going to keep walking, right?”

  7. These are amazing! Although I love the idea of the lost bits of clothing simply coming together around leafy bodies (like mercury droplets) I’m intrigued as to their actual construction – how do the children stay upright, and the adults’ boots remain balanced at such jaunty angles!? On second thoughts, I don’t need to know… they’re just so wonderful!

  8. Thank you for this wonderful blog. Stumbled across it looking for the “leaf sculptures”. I am an avid knitter so was taken aback, a little , and off on a tangent for a while. Meant to be, I think. Brought me so much joy and the admiration I have for your exquisite language…wow! I will be popping by often, if that is okay with you.

  9. Is there yarn bombing in Edinburgh? Bursts pop-up regularly here in Vancouverā€¦
    I love the level of engagement that encounters, such as these with leaf people, engender. At the edge of Stanley Park there’s a sculpture of an elderly woman sitting on one of the benches and her hands are almost never without fresh flowers that some passerby has popped into placeā€¦

  10. The leaf figures are delightful! It’s a comfort and pleasure to see evidence of such a good sense of humor. Over the summer, one of our nearby towns had installed forty West Highland White Terriers painted by as many local artists. It was always a treat to see them gradually showing up in the parks, in front of banks, at busy intersections.

  11. Kate: I came upon your blog via another blogger, being interested in your knitting patterns. I then began reading through your post archive relating to your rehab after the stroke you suffered in February. I am a neuro-physio (as well as a knitter!) and found your writings astonishingly insightful and your own descriptions of how your body has had to re-learn movement patterns from scratch very moving. You are not even a year on from that fateful day and it seems you have done incredibly well: I feel that I want to send you a virtual hug, even though I don’t know you at all. (I won’t stalk you, I promise!)

    Anyway, these people of leaves are amazing: a little disturbing but beautiful all at the same time. I shall return to your blog often and have my eye on one particular pattern that you haven’t published yet, but it is on my to do list.

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About Kate Davies

writer, designer and creator of Buachaille (100% Scottish wool)