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At university I studied fine art. I thought I would first find out what art was, study it and then make it.

While I searched for a satisfactory definition I found lots of differing opinions. I occupied myself by taking an opinion and making work that flouted the rules set down by the author. One opinion I came across many times was ‘Anything that has no practical use can be art.’ At the time, the most practical thing I could think of was my van. The university had a strict no parking policy, this made life very difficult as I live in a small village on the outskirts of Leicester with no public transport. My task was to convince the university board that my van was art and gain permission to exhibit the artwork on the staff car park. The board finally agreed with the condition that, for insurance purposes, the piece must be removed from campus every night and be reinstalled in the car park each morning. I agreed to the condition.

The reason the van project succeeded was because I had a rich history to draw upon that supports the theory that ‘anything can be art’, from urinals to bricks to lights turning on and off. I have never been a big fan of rules, I felt an affinity with these artists who played with ideas and pushed boundaries but at the time it seemed that if ‘anything can be art’ there were no rules left to be broken.

Gradually my search took me backwards. I started looking at objects, at collecting things, nice things, accessible things, at craft, the artist’s hand, at putting work back on the plinth. The work I make now, evolved over a long period of time. It has the same questions about art running through it, but the concept and the rebellion are hidden behind the handmade nature of the work, the barefaced skills and the nice accessible outcome.

I don’t have any answers. Maybe I’m asking questions about what art isn’t? I don’t know. Does it matter? Questions questions.

For commissions contact :

crochetdermy(_AT_)shaunarichardson.com

A recent project - The Bremen Musicians, based on the Grimms folk tale, consisted of 4 life-size animals on each others backs towering to 3 metres. See film clip here.

Crochetdermy® / Realistic life-size animal sculpture created using crochet
Shauna Richardson

British artist Shauna Richardson has received much critical acclaim. Her work has been exhibited internationally and at many prestigious galleries such as Saatchi Gallery, and museums including The Natural History and Victoria & Albert London.

Shauna invented the term Crochetdermy® to describe her realistic life-size animal sculpture created using crochet.

Pieces include ‘Bojo’ Mayor of London Boris Johnson depicted as a blond gorilla. Commissions include a portrait of HRH Prince Harry as ginger baboon and The Lionheart Project - a flagship project for the London 2012 Olympic Games for which over a period of two years she single-handedly crocheted three 25ft lions that toured the UK in a mobile glass vehicle.

Touring Solo Exhibition
The Lionheart Project London 2012 Cultural Olympiad
    Chatsworth House / Derbyshire
    Market Square / Louth / Lincolnshire
    So Festival / Skegness / Lincolnshire
    Curve / Orton Square / Leicester
    Market Square / Northampton
    Natural History Museum / London
    Twycross Zoo / Leicestershire / 2012/13
    Snibston Discovery Museum / Leicestershire / 2013/14

Solo Exhibitions
Chelsea Arts Club / London / 2016
Holt Festival / 2016
SOFA London / Fine Art & Antiques / 2016
Crochetdermy® Studio / Public Art Installation / Leicester / 2015
Chelsea Flower Show / Artisan Retreat / London 2014
Anthropologie Gallery / Rockerfeller Centre / New York / 2014
33 Cank Street / Public Art Installation / Leicester / 2013
COLLECT Trail / Taschen / London / 2010

Group Exhibitions
The John Ruskin Prize / UK / 2017
Norfolk By Design / Houghton Hall 2017
Design Days Dubai / UAE / 2017
Into The Woods / Norfolk By Design / 2016
Olympia Fine Art & Antiques / 2016
Galerie Chevalier / Paris / 2016
Save Wild Tigers / The Savoy / London 2015
Inspire SWT / Cafe Royal / London 2015
WAY / Mall Galleries / London 2015
Design Days Dubai / UAE / 2015
NOA / Somerset House London / 2014/15
Hunting for Lost Crafts / Inverness Museum & Art Gallery / 2014
Liverpool Love 2 / World Museum Liverpool / 2014
GUILD / Maker Library / Cape Town SA / 2014
In dialogue with the Baroque / Schlessheim Palace / Munich / 2013
Wool House / Campaign for Wool / Somerset House London / 2013
Liverpool Love / Museum of Liverpool / 2012
CCA Art Bus / London / 2012
Brilliant Britain / Mulberry / Hong Kong / 2012
Fabergé Big Egg Hunt / London / 2012
Power of Making / V&A Museum / 2011/12
Art of Giving / Saatchi Gallery / London / 2010
Arthur Smith’s Arturart / BAC London / 2009
Mall Galleries London / 2009

Public Speaking
The Art of Crochetdermy / Holt Festival / 2016
In Conversation With Shauna Richardson / American University / Sharjah UAE / 2015
Radical Crochet / New York University / Abu Dhabi UAE/ 2014

Awards
Best Sculpture / Fibre Art USA / 2017
Overall Gold Award / Art of Giving / Saatchi Gallery London / 2010
Best Sculpture / Art of Giving / Saatchi Gallery London / 2010

Commissions
Private collections  / Ongoing
The Lionheart Project / Flagship Commission / Cultural Olympiad London 2012
Very Very Unofficial Royal Portrait / Prince Harry / Guardian Weekend Magazine / 2010

Television
BBC MAKE! Craft Britain / 2016

Channel 4 / Sunday Brunch / 2014
BBC / Have I Got a Bit More News For You / 2013

BBC News / 2013
BBC Winterwatch / 2013
Channel 4 News / 2012
ITV / Midlands Today / Feature / 2012