BINAN, Philippines (Reuters) – When the coronavirus struck and worth Mary Mae Dacanay her factory job within the Philippines, the 23-one year-susceptible came up with a queer fresh source of earnings – turning leaves into star artwork.

Dacanay saw her redundancy as likelihood to enjoy her favourite hobby – artwork – but in the initiating had anxiousness sourcing presents in a rustic that has had in vow about a of the arena’s longest and strictest coronavirus measures.

Without a luck discovering canvas, Dacanay has as a change picked leaves from a jackfruit tree outdoors her home, intricately lowering away runt pieces to present an evidence for infamous faces, from Robert Downey Jr and Oprah Winfrey to Michael Jackson and even the Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte.

“On chronicle of of this pandemic, I desired to strive making artwork but procuring artwork presents in my town became once very not easy thanks to the strict lockdown,” she said, talking at her home in Laguna province, south of the capital Manila.

“The very best approach became once to amass online on the opposite hand it became once also not easy. I experimented the usage of leaves as a makeshift canvas and it turned out in actual fact good.”

After gaining thousands of followers on Facebook, Dacanay has sold heaps of of pieces of her “leaf artwork”, every for approximately 400 pesos ($8.24). The proper impress varies in step with the extent of detail in every share.

Now, moderately than working seven days per week on the factory, plus beyond regular time, she said her fresh accomplishing permits her to enjoy her passion, seize issues more straightforward and silent pay the bills.

“This leaf artwork has helped me so worthy financially at some level of this pandemic,” she said.

“The money I bid to pay bills, make a selection meals for my household, and our other day-to-day charges are from my earnings from commissioned work.”

Writing by Martin Petty; Modifying by Kenneth Maxwell

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