July 27, 2012

The Amazing Lionheart!


Shauna Richardson Artist Shauna Richardson stands next to her latest work, Lionheart Project, a giant crochet sculpture of three lions on May 1, 2012 in Chatsworth, England. The Lionheart Project is a giant crochet sculpture of three lions reflecting the rich textile heritage of the East Midlands. Shauna Richardson used 36 miles of Swaledale wool from the Derbyshire Dales to create the interpretation of the three golden lions on Richard the Lionheart?s coat of arms. The work will tour the East Midlands before moving to London's Natural History Museum as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

 I don't have a pattern for you today, but I have something really cool to show you!

As winner of Artists taking the lead, (London 2012s Cultural Olympiad challenge), the Lionheart Project is one of 12 commissions across the nation.

The Lionheart Project features 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.

Shauna Richardson is the artist.  She has invented what she calls ‘Crochetdermy’ which evolved out of the exploration of the theory that  ‘Anything can be art’. She uses crochet to sculpt realistic life-size animals!  Richardson has received much critical acclaim. Her work is receiving worldwide media coverage and selling into collections across the globe.

"The lion structures are sculpted out of polystyrene and set around steel skeletons. Using her one colour one stitch freestyle technique, Shauna then single-handedly crochets the three skins tracing muscular contours as she goes.

 Shauna wishes to highlight crochet as a valid contemporary medium, hoping to educate and inspire a new generation of practitioners." (lionheartproject.com)

 




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