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Miniature marvels carved into crayons and pencil points

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Seattle-based artist Diem Chau likes tiny things. Over recent years, she's been working on micro sculptures, creating intricate artworks by whittling down crayons and pencils. Similar in method to the work of Dalton Ghetti, who gained international recognition for his intricate pencil sculptures, Chau's work has a character of its own that leads to a unique style and outcome.

Chau is currently exhibiting a collection called A-Z: Northwest Natives at the G. Gibson Gallery in Seattle. As the name hints, the exhibition runs through an alphabet of the natural inhabitants of the Northwest US. C is for Cougar, G is for Grizzly, W is for Wolf Eel, and so on. In addition to the alphabet collection, Chau is also showcasing some of her pencil work, including a stunning graphite chameleon.

A-Z: Northwest Natives


In Chameleon, a lone lizard sits atop a graphite stalk, pondering its existence.

You can see A-Z: Northwest Natives at Seattle's G. Gibson Gallery until October 12th. More of Diem Chau's work can be found on her website, blog, and Flickr account.

All images copyright and published with permission from Diem Chau.