Reid Peppard, of RP/Encore, creates stunning fashion accessories featuring taxidermied creatures. Peppard only uses found animals, but adorns this roadkill with such exquisite materials that it somehow becomes sexy. The result is as beautiful as it is haunting, drawing particular attention to the violence in our quest for style.
Okay, so maybe these are Phototohopped. But you can’t deny that they’re pretty cool. Who wouldn’t want a wall mount inspired by Star Wars creatures? As long as you’re not the one who has to hunt them down. May the force be with you, and with them, of course.
As a taxidermy addict, I have become mildly obsessed with Atomically Incorrect Creatures. The funky hand stitched sculptures of unique hybrid creatures are the brainchild of Los Angeles-based artist Bree Y. The faux taxidermy resemble decapitated children’s cuddly toys mounted on walls, which will appeal to anybody with a sense of humor.
If you’ve ever wanted to live in the Museum of Natural History, then just take a look at this guy’s house. This prolific wild gamekeeper has a house filled with 150 dead animals, making his home more of an exhibit than a cozy living space. However, this controversial Pennsylvania home is well-organized and each animal is beautifully displayed.
Bicycle Taxidermy started out as a sort of symbolic memento mori gesture by London-based architectural designer Regan Appleton for his dad’s discarded mountain and road bikes. It’s elegant and elegiac. If you have a beloved broken-down bike that will never be ridden again, it’s time to salvage it from the storeroom: mount its handlebars on a plaque and on the wall as your very own commemorative bicycle taxidermy. You had good times together once. Show some respect.
Next time you’re lost in Paris and you’re sick of watching stylish old people flick butts into the street, get yourself into one of the best taxidermy shops I have ever visited. Deyrolle in St Germain is very unassuming from the outside, yet wait till you get up stairs when all is revealed. Sneak a photo if possible. Check the limited edition taxidermy posters: epic if you have 400 euro spare to buy a bat skeleton print. Or buy a full stuffed water buffalo for 18,000 euro.
The mammals at The American Museum of Natural History in New York are coming back to (near) life. A team of taxidermists, conservators and designers have been restoring the museum’s diorama by re-coloring faded fur, refreshing background paintings and installing less-damaging lighting. Aptly, the renovated display is set to open on October 27, the same day as the 154th birthday of the late President Theodore Roosevelt, after whom the teddy bear was named.
What happens when amateurs try their hand at taxidermy? They end up with undignified-looking stuffed creations with suitably deranged expressions and poses. Which means a lot of giggling action for the rest of us. Somebody should curate a traveling exhibition out of these badly stuffed animals — they are proof that life after death ain’t as cracked up as it might look.
Studio Gnu’s premiere series eschews taxidermy mounts for unflinchingly lifelike faux animal trophies of Scottish wildlife sculpted out of harris tweed, embroidery detailing and the such. The brains behind the studio is Glasgow-based Chloe Harrison, who uses traditional craft and stitching techniques to make these equally crafty creatures. Very impressive.
There is a trend towards functional taxidermy: using stuffed animals as accessories for design (and even pouring beer!) London-based designer Alex Randall creates stunning bespoke lighting, taking an array of small critters and turning them into unusual and highly collectible lighting sculptures.
Wild imagination and fearless innovation has been fueling the masters over at BrewDog to engage in what they like to call ‘extreme brewing’ for some time now. They’ve pumped out such off-the-wall creations as ultra bitter, ‘hopped to hell’ India Pale Ales, and a 32% imperial stout known as the Tactical Nuclear Penguin.
A simple way to sum up Cassandra Smith’s artwork would be to describe it as ‘bedazzled taxidermy’. Further inspection of her work reveals careful precision, amazing attention to detail, and a whole new spin and respect for the decorative arts.