Taxidermy: bear (and other) essentials revitalised

Cheyenne Tulsa Contributor

By Cheyenne Tulsa in New Events on Monday 1 October 2012

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.

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Man, these are some really badly stuffed animals

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 7 September 2012

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. 

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Faux taxidermy mounts by Chloe Harrison

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Saturday 21 April 2012

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.

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Todd Freeman

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Thursday 10 March 2011

Inspired by the mystery of old taxonomy prints, Michigan-based artist Todd Freeman makes his own gorgeous, eco-surrealist drawings and prints.

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Taxidermy lighting by Alex Randall

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Products on Thursday 19 August 2010

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.

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Brewdog: the strongest beer ever

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 12 August 2010

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.

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Taxidermy Delights

Clare Hillier Reader Find

By Clare Hillier in New Art on Thursday 15 July 2010

For a good dose of morbid beauty it’s hard to go past artist-slash-taxidermist, Polly Morgan’s work. Each of her still life pieces are hauntingly delicate and dead clever, really.

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Cassandra Smith’s bedazzled taxidermy

Lamia Larkin Reader Find

By Lamia Larkin in New Art on Wednesday 14 July 2010

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.

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