A Saturday Afternoon of Anthropomorphic Taxidermy
If you’ve ever fancied enlivening your mantelpiece with a dancing, singing, pipe-smoking or motorbike-riding mouse this workshop is for you. Come for a fun, practical and fascinating Saturday afternoon.
Taxidermy has been accepted, both as a craft and an art, for centuries, and is once again making a place for itself in the homes of thousands of enthusiasts. All it takes to learn to stuff your own animals is a little basic knowledge and a creative imagination. Join taxidermist Amy Lawlor for a beginners class in naturalist taxidermy looking. All materials – including a mouse for each student – will be provided, and each class member will leave at the end of the day with their own taxidermied mole.
Amy will take each student through the step-by-step process of taxidermy: from ethically sourcing your rodents, to preservation, stuffing, and positioning. By the end, you’ll have a happy little mouse, a quirky talking point for your mantelpiece and a new experience to tell your friends about.
Students can pose their mouse in a naturalist setting but they will also be introduced to the art of anthropomorphism, the attribution of human characteristics to animals, plants or non-living things. This practice has been widely explored through taxidermy, most famously by the Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter.
The class is intended for beginners and no former taxidermy experience is required.
No dangerous chemicals will be used and all animals are disease free. Please be advised that this class is not for the faint-hearted. There will be minimal blood and gore, but taxidermy is not for everyone.
Please do not bring any dead animals with you to the class. All materials will be provided, including a wonderful selection of anthropomorphic accessories to dress up your mole.