Friday, 15 July 2011

Unusual Gifts

One of the perks of doing what I do is people tend to remember and get in touch when they see/find something they think I might like. Pretty cool right?

Being a bit of a packaging junkie myself, something that I always find interesting is how people wrap up, preserve and pack the items they save for me. I get frozen squirrels wrapped in ten corner shop bags, brown and white pigeons in hat boxes and a little dried up black widow spider sent over in Tiffany's box!

Here are two photos of some recent gifts...

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Dinosaurs and Freak Taxidermy

I've been restoring some work I made a while back.

I'm not usually one for "taxidermy freaks". I tend to find that concept (and often execution) all a bit easy/amateur. That said, I still have a bit of a soft spot for these guys... perhaps because of the obvious/cartoon like head/body switch. These were some of my first sculptures involving taxidermy before I learned how to do it myself, so perhaps it's sentimental in that way too.

At the time I was interested in the idea of birds being the closest living ancestors of dinosaurs. I liked the idea of some crazy scientist dude trying to bring dinosaurs back to life by using birds. In this case, the bird used was an edwardian grouse with a decorated mount.