03 May 2012

Crochetdermist :: Shauna Richardson

Artist with one of the Lions and cute woofy companion

Chatham starts the Lionheart Project tour

The Artist with a smaller work

Shauna Richardson: Crochetdermist
The Lionheart Project

The unique body of work she terms ‘Crochetdermy’ evolved out of the exploration of the theory that  ‘Anything can be art’. She uses crochet to sculpt realistic life-size animals – uncanny taxidermy-like forms.


Shauna is a remarkable and highly skilled Artist/Craftsperson or 'crotchetdermist' she has crotcheted 3 giant Lion skins on solid forms into an amazing artpiece for the London Olympics 2012.

The concept of the piece is based on Richard the Lionheart's crest of 3 lions and the rich textiles history of the region, which has been represented through the use of locally sourced Swaledale wool.
The whole project took Shauna around 2yrs  to complete.. now that is dedication to the craft.

If you are lucky enough to be in the neighbourhood Im thinking to be able to examine her workmanship up close would be well worth the visit.

For the few of us who are thanking god for the internet you can see her work which is beautifully photographed on her website.
You can also find more information about the Artist and artwork on its official website this has information about the touring dates of the artwork around Britain. 
I hope she comes to Australia afterwards for a tour Ill be definitely visiting her exhibition if she does.

Here are some mind blowing stats about the Lionheart Project:
  • The Lions are 9m or 30ft long
  • The Lions took 18 months to crotchet and used 36 miles of yarn.
  • They are displayed in a 16mL x 4mH glass-sided semitrailer (all ready for travelling)
  • Cost half a million Pounds (and worth every penny!)

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renilde said...

hello Helen, this is pretty amazing, taking crocheting to this scale wow, presenting them in that big glass case makes me think of circus, the lions legs and paws would be probably rubbed and petted to pieces if they weren't, thanks for showing, x

objectsofwhimsy said...

Hi Renilde

it is amazing I cant believe she did it all herself and I look forward to seeing closeup images because the stitching looks really intricate work

yes a glass cage is a good idea otherwise there would be kids all over it hee hee!!!

Carole said...

Wow, impressive! Thanks for sharing Helen. I wish I lived in the neighbourhood to see it up close.

objectsofwhimsy said...

so do I Carole! :)

Lorraine Young Pottery said...

You can tell that artist works big, the muscles in her neck and shoulders! Crazy scale and great work thanks for sharing.

Also for you recent comment on my blog, Cornish Roots sound good to me!


♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

just awesome.

objectsofwhimsy said...

I want to have a chat and coffee with this woman.
She is a remarkable Artist.