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Handmade life-size skeleton by Shanell Papp

Crocheted skeleton Shanell Papp

Canadian artist Shanell Papp crochets forms associated with the human figure, notably crocheting a life-size skeleton stuffed with colourful removable organs.

Crocheted skeleton Shanell Papp

Although the work was created in 2005, now it has been published in the best design websites. It is entirely made  from wool yarn, and includes everything from a soft crocheted heart to ten hollow phalanges. After working for four months on the skeleton, and four months on the organs, the final work was displayed on an actual mortuary gurney.

Crocheted skeleton Shanell Papp

‘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.‘

Crocheted skeleton Shanell Papp

More info at Shanell Papp website.