crochet artist creates life-sized, anatomically correct skeleton
 

crochet artist creates life-sized, anatomically correct skeleton

we’ve seen a lot of crocheted items in the past – granted, they are mostly food but every now and then an artist will surprise us with a take on the craft inspired by the body. last month psychiatrist dr. karen norberg added to her ongoing fascination with cerebral art with her anatomically correct, model of the human brain. now we’ve discovered artist shanell papp who has crocheted a whole cadaver, creating bones and organs out of wool to fill this life-sized skeleton.

crochet artist creates life-sized, anatomically correct knitted skeleton

images courtesy of shanell papp

 

 

papp, who taught her self to crochet when she was 9 years old, created the skeletal sculpture for an open research project on textiles, anatomy and art, called BAWDY. she received her MFA from the university of saskatchewan in 2010.

crochet artist creates life-sized, anatomically correct knitted skeleton

 

 

I made the skeleton, in order to explore my body while I was an art student at the university of lethbridge‘, she explains. ‘before making this work I had a keen interests in medical history, frankenstein, enlightenment thinking, the victorian period, the birth of industry (textile production), crime investigation, mortuary practices and museums….I made the work to explore my interest in the human body.

crochet artist creates life-sized, anatomically correct knitted skeleton

  • Heads up to the author of the article: The terms knit and crochet are NOT interchangeable. The skeleton and organs are crochet, and therefore not a knitted piece.
    The work itself is excellent and imaginative.

    Cynthia says:
  • This is an amazing crochet piece of art!

    Please change the word knitted to crocheted.
    I see no knitting on this item. Thanks

    Pamela D Hager says:
  • The skeleton is amazing, but… if she crocheted it, it’s not a knitted skeleton. It’s a crocheted skeleton. Those are two entirely different crafts!

    Jennifer says:
  • you seem to be using knitting and crochet interchangeably they are two different fibre art forms. You cannot crochet a knitted item anymore than you can knit a crocheted item. The skeleton is crocheted. Some of the internal organs MAY be knitted but my guess is that they are also crocheted. It is like saying that football and baseball are the same thing, because they are both a sport that is played with a ball on a field. They are not the same at all.

    celia weller says:
  • This is a wonderful project! However, please note that knit and crochet are not interchangeable terms; they are two different fiber arts. This is crochet, not knit.

    Jessica says:
  • Knit and crichet are not intechangable. If she is a crochet artist, she croched the piece. If she is a knitter, she then knitted it. While both use yarn, the technique, tools, and stitches are very different. It is an important distincton.

    Thanks.

    Marianna Dostal says:
  • it’s crocheted, not knitted. You should read your own article. Crochet and knitting are two entirely different things

    Lea-Anne Martin says:
  • There is a difference between knitting and crocheting. The two words are NOT interchangeable.

    Gail says:
  • This is so neat you did a great job on this mother’s more I look at this the more I like and admire your talent

    Elizabeth Rivera says:
  • That’s not knitted that’s crocheted. Get it straight

    Mary says:
  • Its a shame that whoever wrote this article was not knowledgeable enough to know that this skeleton was crocheted.
    Knitters and crocheters become extremely frustrated when these techniques are not identified correctly.

    Carol says:
  • Please stop using “crochet” and “knit” interchangeably. They are different methods to create with yarn and using them like that makes you sound foolish. Thank you

    Amber M says:
  • This isn’t knitting. It’s crochet.

    Rena says:
  • If something is crocheted, it is not knitted. Knit and crochet are different. You cannot use the terms interchangeably. Please educate yourself when writing articles.

    Amanda Rogers says:
  • Which is it, crochet or knit? If they’re a crochet artist, why would it be knitted? These are two completely different skills. Most people who crochet cannot knit.

    Angela says:
  • Please, people be nice. This was a ideal that gave her ways to get by studying her class, I am not seeing any compliments. A child thinking and crocheting on her own. A child coming up with a way to study, and has passion in producing a way of passing her class. She came up with a great idea. No one that I know has ever crocheted a skeleton. Tge point here it does not matter if knitting or crocheting it is how she came up with the idea, and followed through. She also used it to pass her classes, Art and Biology classes. Great job, I commend you for coming up with this idea. The real skeleton is expensive. So people please do not pick out the faults in her story. It is the idea, and how she used it and she did it herself. Think about it too. She was 9 yrs old st that time. She completed all of it in College. She used it for her in art class, and has passion in the human body. To the woman that crochet this skeleton. I think you still did a great job.

    Lisa Sics says:
  • This is a beautiful work of art… Thanks for sharing

    Lois says:
  • Absolutely and Utterly Awesome! Love the combination of arts, crafts, science, and humor! Well done!

    Tess says:
  • really could have used this in college biology.I love aand you are a genius.Is there a pattern to purchase.Brilliant!!!!!!!!!

    jackie mac says:
  • There is no limit to creativity. This is brilliant. Being an amigurumi doll maker myself, I know the love and labour that must have gone into it.

    Ilmana Fasih says:
  • I love it! Great teaching tool. Wonderful idea. Way to go girl.

    Roxanne says:
  • Lisa Sics…yes “people be nice”…gosh what a lot of anger about crochet/knit. I do both, but I crochet my life-size people. Now I’m thinking, I’ll make all those people mad by combining knitting in with my crocheting…had already thought it’d be fun to do. I made my first “person”, named HER, to entertain my father who had 5 strokes and couldn’t do anything but watch TV. So I sat next to him and made Her…complete with nipples and pubic hair. I think he enjoyed it a lot. Put HER in several videos and art shows…now she sits in my living room with HIM and lots of dogs, little people, etc.

    Linda Campbell Franklin says:
  • Fantastic! Superb piece of crochet and artwork! Lisa, the rest of the comments are directed at the author of the piece, who has mixed up his p’s and q’s and not the artist who designed and created this masterpiece.
    A more than well deserved MFA for the intricacies of this piece alone! God bless your hands and brain, may you treasure the gift you have. Shanell, take a bow .

    Marian says:
  • I love it She sounds like another beautiful mind I love her passion right across the board. Such a love for learning and really experiencing as well as enjoying it

    Jamie Traufler says:
  • “”Please, people be nice. This was a ideal that gave her ways to get by studying her class, I am not seeing any compliments. A child thinking and crocheting on her own. A child coming up with a way to study, and has passion in producing a way of passing her class. She came up with a great idea. No one that I know has ever crocheted a skeleton. Tge point here it does not matter if knitting or crocheting it is how she came up with the idea, and followed through. She also used it to pass her classes, Art and Biology classes. Great job, I commend you for coming up with this idea. The real skeleton is expensive. So people please do not pick out the faults in her story. It is the idea, and how she used it and she did it herself. Think about it too. She was 9 yrs old st that time. She completed all of it in College. She used it for her in art class, and has passion in the human body. To the woman that crochet this skeleton. I think you still did a great job.””

    To whomever wrote this comment. I cannot reply to you directly, but I think you’re a bit confused. The artist was not 9 years old when she completed this project. She was an adult. She was 9 years old when she learned to crochet. The artist is also not the same person who wrote this article. People are complaining that the author used knit to describe something crocheted. Nobody is criticizing the artist at all.

    Katie Sue says:
  • Agreed! It is astonishing and we would love to purchase the pattern and have one made for our school! (Or buy one from the artist??) I’m sure it was eons of work.

    Pamela B says:
  • Totally AWESOME! The research, the design, the stitches, the time! you ROCK! Thank you for sharing!

    Shirley Payne says:
  • Thank you for sharing this story and displaying an amazing talent for others to see. It’s amazing what can be done with a hook, yarn & desire.

    Tonya says:
  • Beautiful work this person had a lot of time on their hands God bless them

    Esther says:
  • This is amazing, such detailed work, however Lisa Sics, oncreading the editorial, I don’t think she made this when she was nine, but that she learnt to crochet at that age.

    Lynne says:
  • Amazing!! I’m amiddle school bio teacher. Do you have patterns available?

    Doona says:
  • I think what you made is great. And if you do not mind I like to to show it to my knitting group.

    Hazel Kroenlein says:
  • I am a retired nurse. Crocheted (or knitted lol), this is fantastic! I would love it if, when you want to share, you would send me your pattern. I am blown away by this. It looks so real!

    Cheryl says:
  • Beautiful creation. Crochet can be made to look like knitting…as I do both.

    GA says:
  • Awesome talent

    Car says:
  • Fantastic work. I crocheted the digestive system for a project my Granddaughter was doing at school. Then a few months later I added a head and did my own display ofhealtby/unhealthy eating with lots of different foods I made. This is fantastic work well done to the maker, be proud of yourself. Like others I too would love the pattern details.

    Carolyn Whittaker says:
  • Incredible how people prefer talking about the difference between knit and crochet better than to simply enjoy !!!! It’s an article about arts not about knit or crochet techniques! Just call it mixed media if you want !!!!!
    Beside this I think it’s a really nice piece of art

    David morrison says:
  • I think this is absolutely amazing I love it.Can some one please tell me if there is a pattern
    For this I would love to try and make this.

    Mary says:
  • Why is there always someone to correct wording?? it’s an amazing piece of art. Bravo to whomever came up with the idea.
    All you nay sayers show us your projects. If one is a knitter or does crochet would just let that small thing pass. ,

    Libbie says:
  • It is amazing! As a trained nurse i really would LOVE the pattern. Would you share or sell it? Warm greetings from Austria/Europe! Johanna

    Johanna says:

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