A crochet menagerie in Leicester

By Alice Hancock,
1st August 2013 - 15:01
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Don’t miss out on Shauna Richardson’s unique ‘crochetdermy’ animals

Shauna outside her new installation at 33 Cank Street

Crochet is not normally something we would associate with taxidermy, but in the work of Shauna Richardson, the two meet head on in a unique craft she has named ‘crochetdermy’: weaving mohair to make full scale animals.

We first featured her woolly yet muscular creations back in our September 2012 issue when her Lionheart Project – three 25 foot woven lions in a 16 metre illuminated glass case – was touring the country as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Now, Shauna’s animals have found a new home at 33 Cank Street in Leicester. She has filled an entire floor of this historic town house with a menagerie of crocheted wildlife from lions and hares to dogs and warthogs. The installation even includes a portrait of Prince Harry as a ginger baboon trophy head, commissioned by The Guardian Weekend Magazine and safely titled ‘Very Very Unofficial Portrait’.

Designed as a life-size cabinet of curiosities, the exhibition is on view through the windows of 33 Cank Street, 24 hours a day and will be on display until October 2013.

Find out more about Shauna’s unique ‘crochetdermy’ craft here