Crayons carved into the 12 symbols of the Chinese zodiac


Artist Diem Chau usually works in porcelain, but she sometimes steps it up and uses crayons as her medium. This post has lots of photos showing her carvings of the 12 symbols of the Chinese zodiac. They're on exhibit at the Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago. My favorite is the rat.

Diem Chau's crayons carved as the 12 symbols of the Chinese zodiac (Thanks, Robert!)


  1. How nifty!

    In my college days, I occasionally carved pieces of chalk with fanciful designs. Don’t have them any more; after appreciating them for a while, I left each on a sidewalk somewhere on campus for some stranger to find.

  2. Yeah! Diem has been doing these things for years! They are the best. She used to do people and animals with no discernible theme. Its awesome that she is doing more crayon things!

  3. Very neat. It’s unfortunate she didn’t apply the appropriate colours to the twelve branches.

  4. The colors seem fairly appropriate to me. Green serpent, pink bunny, red rooster, orange tiger, etc.

  5. Crayon wax is nice stuff to carve; I like how the long aspect ratio of the crayons leads to a certain sort of composition.

  6. I thought that the crayons carving was excellent, i will look out for more of your work,
    well done keep at it,

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