Teaching taxidermy is fun.
I love the evolution of the students’ ideas and what the experience teaches them about themselves.
It’s my kind of silly and serious at the same time. Telling people they should try to avoid cutting their fingers off, while moments later they explain that they have already planned to have their mouse, “Perry”, ride a bicycle. Or hearing them gasp as they accidentally pull a limb off their mouse, but then joke that they will need a peg leg and an eye patch for their new little pirate.
It’s strangely satisfying to see people develop their ideas and their problems into something quite fantastic. While taxidermy is very fiddly and a very physical task, the artistic expression each individual adds to their piece is just as important as the craftsmanship itself.
“I think the structure and composition found in nature’s beasts is utterly incredible and very beautiful and taxidermy is a way to express this in art,” says future student and taxidermy enthusiast, Rosy Pendlebury. ”Finally, I’ve got a bit of a taste for the macabre and find dead mice in top hats, dead squirrels having boxing matches, and dead kittens having tea parties bloody funny.”
Below are some examples from this past Sunday class at The Last Tuesday Society Class (there are still a few slots available for upcoming courses!).
This particular class brought many props to go along with their mice! It is bloody brilliant that after 4 hours of intense work, their outcomes were outstanding! I’d like to think the teacher had something to do with it as well