Crochet Inspiration – Shauna Richardson and The Amazing Lionheart Project

Shauna Richardson: Crochetdermy from Nick Hand on Vimeo.

Artists taking the lead, part of London 2012s Cultural Olympiad challenged artists across the UK to submit ideas that celebrate their region. The Lionheart Project is one of 12 commissions across the nation. Artists taking the lead has been developed by Arts Council England and is being delivered and funded by the Arts Councils of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The project was selected by an independent panel of artists and producers from a total of 118 regional entries.

The Lionheart Project will feature three giant hand crocheted lions in a custom-built, mobile, glass case to travel around the East Midlands. These powerful sculptures reflect the region in both symbol and materials. Richard the Lionheart’s three lions crest is created using locally sourced Peak District wool, celebrating our rich textile heritage.

About the artist – Shauna Richardson –
Shauna Richardson’s background is in conceptual art.
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. Crochetdermy combines themes such as objects, collecting, craft and realism and experiments with accessibility and audience. Richardson has received much critical acclaim. Her work is receiving worldwide media coverage and selling into collections across the globe. In 2009 Shauna 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.

See more of Shauna Richardson’s inspiring work – visit her website

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