It seems there is no escaping dissecting animals in science class, until now that is. Talented knitting artist Emily Stoneking has found a way to kindly learn anatomy with dissected knit creatures. She calls her animal-friendly invention aKNITomy.
I had to dissect a frog in eighth grade, and I remember the horror like it was yesterday. As if cutting open a perfectly healthy looking creature wasn’t bad enough, I cried when I found out my frog had been pregnant.
I don’t remember one thing I learned from the experience except humans can be heartless and cruel. According to PETA, in the US alone an estimated 20 million animals are killed and abused in the name of ‘science’.
Stoneking’s dissected knit creatures could change all of that, helping students learn the beauty of animal anatomy without the terror of dissecting a once living, breathing, and thinking being.
Stoneking sells her knitted animals through her aKNITomy Etsy shop. Here she sells a number of educational knit projects that help humans expand knowledge while keeping animals safe from harm.
Many view animal dissection as disgusting and cruel, but with Stoneking’s aKNITomy artwork animal dissection can actually be suprisingly cute, and best of all cruelty-free.
In an interview with Bored Panda Emily Stoneking said, “I do spend a lot of time researching real anatomical structures, and my guts have evolved over time (they used to be pretty blobby and random). But now, they really look very human, which I have found people tend to gravitate to.”
“The real deal is pretty messy and there are not a lot of distinct colors, and I want it to look more like an anatomical illustration (albeit an inaccurate one). I have begun moving toward more human based two-dimensional felted pieces, which I do aim to make very anatomically correct.”
“When I do craft fairs, the most common response by far is that someone walks by my booth, sees what’s hanging there, takes a couple more steps, and then does a double take and comes back laughing, which makes me happy.”
Stoneking creates a number of unique dissected knit creatures, including the alien figure pictured below.
Stoneking is often asked if she is a scientist, “And the answer is a resounding, no! I have a historian’s brain, not a scientist’s brain, I’m afraid.”
Stoneking seeks a great deal of inspiration from medical history. “I am very much inspired by (and trying to pay a small homage to) anatomical illustrations of the 18th and 19th centuries. They really are just lovely, and I hope to get into more human illustrations based on those.”
The amazing idea for dissected knit creatures came about over a silly conversation between Stoneking and her husband. The two were coming up with different wild ideas for knitting when the idea for a knitted dissected frog came up.
“One of us (we each claim credit) came up with the idea of a dissected frog, and as soon as it was said, I had a pretty strong idea about how I would design one, so I got to work!”
Be sure and check out Emily Stoneking’s Etsy shop full of awesome dissected knit creatures and more!