[Image via Chatsworth]
[Detail of handmade lion from Richardson's Lionheart Project.]
Turns out, artist (aka crochetdermist) Shauna Richardson's three larger-than-life hand-crocheted lions go on public display today at Chatsworth. The traveling piece is part of London's 2012 Cultural Olympiad in the East Midlands. After touring through the UK, the lions will arrive in London, at the Natural History Museum, just in time for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
At first, these contemporary, free-style crochet and steel creatures made me think Deyrolle but Richardson's stylized animals are intended to evoke the strong wool-producing and textile-manufacturing heritage of the East Midlands as well as Richard the Lionheart's three-lion crest.
Learn more about Richardson's work, and other locally crafted pieces, in the V & A's Power of Making video.