Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

She Turns Fallen Leaves Into Stunning Works Of Art.

Ironically, the concept of this project started out in a most interesting and unexpected way.

Hedrick may be a CSUS staff, but she's also a photographer, and a mom. So, she was actually looking for a nice backdrop for family photos. She started by raking a masterpiece made from fallen leaves and the rest was history.

Once she took a photograph of her kids next to her first masterpiece, she was stunned.

After posting the image on her Instagram, she ended up getting praises from so many people on campus, as well as total strangers from around the world. So now, it's become sort of an annual tradition where she turns fallen gingko leaves on campus into leaf art.

It's a good thing that photos immortalize her artwork because the work itself is fleeting at best.

Every fall, as the trees start shedding leaves, you'll find Hedrick with her rake, creating intricate artwork on campus. She creates 6 of these designs a year, and each of them take about three hours to make. But she only leaves them on display for three weeks.

As a counselor and a student at the university herself, she knows how stressful exams can be.

Creating these labyrinth designs of leaves has meditative qualities for her, and she hopes the students at Sacramento State University feel the same way when they look at her beautiful artwork around campus.

Hedrick hasn't limited herself to the university's campus to create these art leave masterpieces.

She has also used the fallen gingko tree leaves at the William Land Gold Course in Land Park and Seymour Park in the Pocket-Greenhaven neighborhood too. But with the fall semester at an end, students will have to wait until next year to see what she comes up with next, and we can't wait!

Sources: My Modern Met, joanna_hedrick

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