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'Prince Harry' by Shauna Richardson

‘Prince Harry’ by Shauna Richardson
‘Unofficial Portrait’ commissioned by the Guardian Weekend Magazine
(Image © Shauna Richardson)

For all you regular readers of This Sydney Life, I have a small confession to make. I have finally accepted defeat. I gave it my best shot, but I will never be a crochet-er extra-ordinaire. Sadly, it is just not within me to achieve these lofty heights. My talents must lie elsewhere. And, I am gutted.

Do you want to know why…?

I keep finding these amazing artists who create amazing crochet art. I just love their work. And, Shauna Richardson is one of them.

According to her bio’, Shauna Richardson’s background is in conceptual art. She calls herself a ‘Crochetdermist’. 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 has received much critical acclaim. Her work is receiving worldwide media coverage and selling into collections across the globe. In 2009, she won ‘Artists taking the lead’ part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad with the ‘Lionheart Project’. For two years she has been creating the largest single-handed crochet sculpture in the world. The finished piece will be housed in a mobile glass taxidermy style case and tour the United Kingdom before the Olympics. You can read more about it at: lionheartproject.com

Have a look at some of her crochetdermy work:

'Stag' by Shauna Richardson

‘Stag’ by Shauna Richardson
(Image © Shauna Richardson)

'Fox' by Shauna Richardson

‘Fox’ by Shauna Richardson
(Image © Shauna Richardson)

'Baboon' by Shauna Richardson

‘Baboon’ by Shauna Richardson
(Image © Shauna Richardson)

'Arctic Hare' by Shauna Richardson

‘Arctic Hare’ by Shauna Richardson
(Image © Shauna Richardson)

'Bear' by Shauna Richardson

‘Bear’ by Shauna Richardson
Exhibited at ‘The Power of Making’ at the V & A
(Image © Shauna Richardson)

Crochetdermy pieces are created to commission. Selected works on Shauna Richardson’s website are available for purchase. If you’d like to learn more, you can access it here.

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