Taxidermy Art: A Rogue's Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself
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In this collection of taxidermy art, you’ll find a winged monkey with a fez and a martini glass, a jewel-encrusted piglet, a bionic fawn, and a polar bear balancing on a floating refrigerator. Author Robert Marbury makes for a friendly (and often funny) guide, addressing the three big questions people have about taxidermy art: What is it all about? Can I see some examples? and How can I make my own? He takes readers through a brief history of taxidermy (and what sets artistic taxidermy apart) and presents stunning pieces from the most influential artists in the field. Rounding out the book are illustrated how-to lessons to get readers started on their own work, with sources for taxidermy materials and resources for the budding taxidermist.
industrial innovations of the 1851 Great Exhibition. They confidently meld curiosity and luxury in the style of the eighteenth-century menageries that inspire her. The daughter of a fabricator, Jessica is a tinkerer herself, bringing a Mr. Fix-It quality to the construction of each piece. She revels in the process of fitting together bits of metal and shiny brass in a manner that’s structurally sturdy yet delicate-looking. Giving these mechanical animals a natural pose with proper articulation
so that they rest naturally. 21 Using a small screwdriver or toothpick, tuck the lips into the depression you carved earlier. Start with the upper lip, beginning in the center and working out to the edges. 22 Tuck the lower lip into the same ridge under the upper lip. Use your reference images to create the proper mouth for your mount. Press the whiskers into the mound of clay. Use pins to hold the lips in place as the clay or glue dries. 23 Using the toothpick or small screwdriver, work
modeling tool • Base for mounting (premade, or make your own) DEGREASING • Hair dryer • Bowls • Painter’s tape or artist’s tape (optional) • Dish detergent • Accessories (optional) • Latex gloves • Large container with lid *Note: If you want to eat the bird, do not • Hardwood sawdust or corncob grit use borax. Any meat that borax touches • Borax needs to be disposed of. 196 197 PREP 1 Once you have a bird in hand, it is best to freeze the animal first. This step will kill any
don’t let the bird sit too long, since it will begin to rot. You may prefer to skin the bird before it defrosts, to reduce the amount of gore you’ll encounter. 4 5 Work out the legs and torso to help separate the skin from the muscles before it has totally defrosted. Take a moment to inspect the bird. This is your chance to understand this animal’s particularities and any trauma that the bird might have faced. Place a piece of cotton into the beak and throat. This will keep fluids from
of handmade goods (as seen on sites like Etsy, eBay, Pinterest, Behance, and Instagram). And as these crafts gain traction in popular culture, there are those who find a way to elevate them. Handwork begets artwork, and movements like Rogue Taxidermy are born. Emergence of Collecting Whether it’s sports memorabilia, hobo nickels, or Pez dispensers, people love to collect—and show off their collections. And this hobby (compulsion?) has become easier than ever, in large part thanks to sites like