Born in Ireland, Shauna Richardson is a UK-based crochet artist with a background in conceptual art, specializing in a type of crochet art she has coined as ‘crochetdermy.’
As the name suggests, ‘crochetdermy’ is a form of crochet designed to look like taxidermy and is a great word that describes a type of crochet art that a lot of hobbyists dabble in.
Here are some of Richardson’s incredible works of art along with a bit about the artist herself.
About Crochet Artist Shauna Richardson
Shauna Richardson describes her mission on her website as exploring the theory that anything can be art by combining various themes that might be uncomfortable.
She makes large-scale, larger-than-life-size, crochet taxidermy animals on commission and also sells the pieces that she makes in her studio. Pieces can take anywhere from one month to complete to years in the making for some of her more widely known sculptures.
To date, her largest crochet project was in 2012 for The Olympics in London. This massive sculpture is three larger-than-life lions that are contained within a custom-built glass box the size of an 18-wheeler.
Shauna learned to crochet as a child from her grandmothers, although it wasn’t until much later that she began making it the primary medium of her conceptual art.
Shauna has had her work in numerous group shows as well as several solo exhibits including a show at Anthropologie in Rockefeller Center in New York and also the Chelsea Flower Show, both in 2014.
Shauna Richardson Crochetdermy Pieces
Richardson's incredible and life-like crochet sculptures are truly a masterpiece in crochet and sculpting alike. From her giant cats for the Olympics to a simple hare for your home, Shauna's work is beautiful to look at and awe-inspiring for creating your own crochet art.
Here are some of Shauna's most well known pieces as well as those available to purchase ready-made. You can follow Shauna's unofficial instagram page here, but the best place to see her work and what's available for sale is on her website.
Featured in the 2012 Olympics that were hosted in London, these three giant lions were a collaboration between Shauna and the Lionheart Project. They are the largest crochet sculptures to date and are incredible pieces of art. Learn more about them on the the Lionheart Project Website.