Shauna Richardson, London 2013
Crochet artist supreme, maker of this huge bear in "chrochetdermy," shown at the V&A and at Wool House.
Shauna Richardson with her brown bear in crochetdermy, the word she invented to describe her way of creating animal sculptures. The "carcase" here was built up from various pieces, and then Shauna completed the crochet "on site", working around it, in a very soft brown wool. "I learned crochet as a child," she told me. We also chatted about the three huge lions she made to celebrate the Olympics - for these she had to work on scaffolding. Crochetdermy pieces have become highly collectible and commissions have come in for collections all around the world.