crochet artist creates life-size replicas of local woman and her dog

crochet artist creates life-size replicas of local woman and her dog

crochet is making a comeback. it’s touted as the must have textile for 2019 and with many celebrities donning the knotted fabric it’s no wonder that its become a source of inspiration for arts and crafters everywhere. last month we showed you an anatomically correct skeleton by artist shanell papp, only yesterday an 11-year-old went viral for his crochet creations, and now finnish crochet artist liisa hietanen has caught headlines for her life-size replicas of her family and friends.

crochet artist creates life-size replicas of local woman and her dog

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hietanen, who has been knitting since she was ten, creates replicas of her fellow villagers in hämeenkyrö, finland. first, she has her subjects measured, before posing for a photograph which she studies to create the sculpture. she then forms a base using metal armatures to make frames for the models. finally, she covers them in a combination of crafting techniques with each piece taking months to complete. the result? figures with an uncanny, life-like quality.




[the approaches are] continuous and present and allows a portrait to slowly find its character,’ hietanen explains in an artist statement.I meet the same familiar strangers every day on the street and our common world is the size of a small village. I am depicting the present moment by portraying my own surroundings, but at the same time I am bringing out something common to us all.’


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