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Rachel Denny Crafts Cruelty-Free Animal Heads from Recycled Sweaters and Pennies
Posted By Lori Zimmer On February 27, 2012 @ 7:06 pm In Art,carousel showcase,gallery,Recycled Materials | 1 Comment
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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URLs in this post:
 Rachel Denny: http://racheldenny.com
 sweaters: http://inhabitat.com/get-a-grannie-to-remind-you-to-bundle-up-for-national-sweater-day/
 Foster and White Gallery: http://www.fosterwhite.com/
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 fine art sculptures: http://inhabitat.com/takayuki-hori-beautiful-x-ray-origami-animals-shine-light-on-8-endangered-species/
 common material: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/will-rymans-epic-installations-are-made-from-thousands-of-bottle-caps-and-paint-brushes/
 Hudson Bay blanket: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson
 mundane materials into exquisite animal sculptures: http://inhabitat.com/natsumi-hondas-tortoise-and-hare-sculptures-are-made-from-recycled-watch-parts/
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