Richard Boyle

Artist Richard Boyle sits surrounded by dolls he has knitted

Richard is a gay, disabled fibre-artist who has been designing and making crocheted dolls for over a decade.

Richard’s work is inspired by the Japanese ‘Amigurumi’ (small knitted dolls) style of dollmaking and is light-hearted and whimsical in style. Richard’s art has been featured in group and solo exhibitions around Australia. As well as holding workshops where he teaches crochet, Richard runs his Etsy shop ‘The Gay Hooker Crochet’ where he sells crocheted characters from RuPaul’s Drag Race and other queer creations.

Richard comes from a background working in television and as part of his
practice he also designs and makes characters for stop-motion films. His latest film project for which he made characters was a finalist in the 2019 Junior Tropfest short film competition.

Richard is currently studying Visual Arts at The Adelaide Colleges of the Arts and is using his studies and his art to help stay connected to his community during these times of Covid lockdowns and social distancing.


Visit Richard’s Etsy shop ‘The Gay Hooker Crochet’ 
Follow Richard on Instagram @thegayhooker