Textile taxidermy: Donya Coward

Remember ages ago we told you about crochetdermy by Shauna Richardson – who incidentally is showing her work in the excellent Power of Making exhibition at the V & A –  now thanks to WR reader Joyce we have discovered textile taxidermy!

Using crochet and knit with vintage and reclaimed materials, Textile designer Donya Coward combines traditional craft materials and naïve techniques to create contemporary pieces. While she bases her designs on traditional taxidermy and hunting trophies, her work “is as much about preserving textiles as it is about the animal forms that are being imitated.”

Fascinated by dogs, Donya is interested in their loyalty and the folklore that surrounds them, and has created mounted dogs heads and banners featuring different breeds. She has also made other animals such as zebras and magpies and each piece is totally unique.

Donna has exhibited in galleries all over Britain, sold pieces in Anthropologie and Paul Smith and recently showed her work at Tent London (part of the London Design Festival). She also does private commissions, so if you fancy a lovely textile version of your favourite animal, take a look at her website.

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