Award winning British artist Shauna Richardson invented the term Crochetdermy® to describe her distinctive work – realistic life-size animal forms created using crochet. ‘My work presents a conundrum, it is the coming together of two disparate passions, art theory and making things.’
Riddled with questions and rebellion, Richardson’s work appears as the antithesis of this, the unchallenging appearance a conscious deceit. ‘It has long been accepted that ‘Anything can be art’. At first glance this notion seems liberating, but perhaps ‘anything’ has its limits. It is in this grey area around the boundaries that I play .’
Richardson has received much critical acclaim, her work exhibited internationally at many prestigious venues including Saatchi Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Commissions include Crochetdermy® portraits of Mayor of London Boris Johnson as blond gorilla, and HRH Prince Harry as ginger baboon. Publicly funded commissions include a flagship project for the London 2012 Olympic Games for which she crocheted three 25ft lions that toured the UK in a mobile glass vehicle.