The Ghostly Art of Crochetdermy

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Image: Shauna Richardson

All images courtesy of Shauna Richardson

After reading this post you might feel caught like a deer in the headlights, so proceed with care as a bit of wool and lots of determination hardly ever produced such stunning results. We’re talking about the work of British artist Shauna Richardson, who crochets life-size models of rabbits, deer, foxes, bears, lions and primates, then, borrowing heavily from taxidermy, expertly stuffs and outfits them with claws, jaws and glass eyes. Once placed in real-life situations, the crocheted animals take on a life of their own…


Image: Shauna Richardson

The proverbial deer as a flyover trophy.

In an interview with online magazine DazedDigital in early February of this year, the artist explained how her obsession to find out what art is, followed by the acceptance of the theory that anything can be art, started the crochetdermy process:

“When I entered into art education I thought I would first get to the bottom of what art was, then study and practice it. …What followed was an obsessive three year attempt to find an answer to the question ‘what is art?’ … I began searching for different directions to push the anything can be art theory.”

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Image: Shauna Richardson

Curious rabbit at the gas station.

Richardson, who always loved making things, was taught crocheting in junior school. Little did her teachers and she herself know then what groundbreaking work would follow from this traditional technique:

“Although I appreciate a well-crafted piece, traditional craft was as far removed from my work as it was possible to be. It slowly dawned on me that this was a way to push the theory. If anything can be art why not crochet? Realism? Highly accessible themes such as animals?”

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