Rachel Denny Crafts Cruelty-Free Animal Heads from Recycled Sweaters and Pennies

by , 02/27/12

green design, eco design, sustainable design, Hudson Bay Blanket, Foster/White Gallery, Rachel Denny, hunting trophies, deer head, animal sculpture, sustainable sculptures, recycle art

Denny explores the uses of textile materials with her fine art sculptures. By pushing the limits, she transforms materials used for knitting, crafting, and sewing into hard-edged sculptures, like her series representing dead animal heads. The juxtaposition of a soft or common material, often associated with the feminine side of things, brings on a new meaning when used to construct a symbol of masculinity: the hunting trophy. The soft plushness and spectrum of colors of the materials also transform the animals into gentle creatures, associated with childhood.

One incredible piece that will be shown at Foster/White is a horse head made from hundreds of shiny copper pennies. A mosaic of copper colors cover the horse, as the pennies vary in tone from different levels of tarnish and oxidization. The familiar Hudson Bay blanket was transformed into a bull head, bearing the historical trade stripes.

Denny also created a series of cable knit deer heads, all bearing different knits in a rainbow of colors. Sweaters are also represented in her life-sized ewe, whose wool has been returned in a coat of shredded sweaters. Denny’s barn yard of recycled sweater and common object animals transforms the mundane materials into exquisite animal sculptures full of color and texture.

+ Rachel Denny

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  1. nataliel1997 February 10, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    these animal heads are very effective…what was the base material used before you coated each head in the different materials?

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