Life-Size “Taxidermy” Made with Vintage Tapestries

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After her grandmother’s needlepoint pieces were discarded when she passed away, Frédérique Morrel began composing life-size “taxidermy” sculptures made with vintage tapestries. Intersecting fine art, craft, and design, Morrel — along with her artistic director husband, Aaron Levin — brings new life to the kitschy, old-fashioned, and often unusual textiles. By securing the fabrics around fiberglass animal-shaped molds, the artist creates an entirely new narrative for the decorated beasts. Perhaps the most stunning pieces are the free-standing life-size creatures, but wall-mounted critters and smaller-scale furballs also get the Morrel treatment. Click through to take a look at the embroidered skins of the artist’s strange, but lovely, menagerie.

Image credit: Frédérique Morrel [Spotted via Trendland]

Image credit: Frédérique Morrel

Image credit: Frédérique Morrel

Image credit: Frédérique Morrel

Image credit: Frédérique Morrel

Image credit: Frédérique Morrel

Image credit: Frédérique Morrel

Image credit: Frédérique Morrel