Summer Crafting: Taxidermy Masterclass with Meesh Bryant

Meesh Bryant|Saturday 8th April

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A Saturday Garden Afternoon with Top Taxidermist Meesh Bryant

Date: Saturday April 8th 2017

Time: 1:30 – 5:30pm

Location: Great Western Studios, 65 Alfred Road, London W2 5EU

If you’ve ever fancied enlivening your mantelpiece with dancing, singing, pipe-smoking or motorbike-riding mice this workshop is for you.  If you would like to build on your collection and make another mouse this is also 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.

Meesh Bryant 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 choose to pose their mount 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 in the medium of taxidermy and was most famously realized by the Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter. His Museum of Curiosities featured wonderful bestial dioramas from a classroom of forty-eight bunnies in ‘Rabbit School’ to a wedding party of kittens dressed in morning coats and lace dresses with frilly knickers.

The class is intended for beginners and almost beginners who would like to practise more and build on their collection.  No former taxidermy experience is required.

All mice are ethically sourced and were not killed specifically for this class. The mice used are feeder animals for snakes and lizards. Not only would the mice be discarded if they weren’t sold but the reptiles who eat them wouldn’t be able to survive if the feeder rodents weren’t commercially available. Unlike us omnivores the majority of reptilian species don’t have the option of being vegetarian.

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.

Tickets cost £95 each. All materials will be provided including a selection of anthropomorphic accessories.

About the

Meesh grew up in an old farm house in the Buckinghamshire countryside and spent her childhood scavenging for bones, nests and owl pellets. Her fascination with the natural world led her to experiment with creating sculptures from the bones that she found, and when studying art at school and college, she focused on anatomy in painting.  As a student she experimented with basic taxidermy, teaching herself through guide books before she went on to take an apprenticeship in London where she honed her craft whilst experimenting with the medium in an artistic context. Meesh now teaches beginners taxidermy for ‘A Curious Invitation’ specialising in anthropomorphism where the animals are given humanistic costumes and qualities.  As a long term vegetarian and animal lover, Meesh is interested in the conversations that anthropomorphic taxidermy opens up surrounding respect for animals, animal rights, treatment and welfare.



Saturday 8th April


1:30 – 5:30


The Idler Academy at Great Western Studios, 65 Alfred Road, London W2 5EU




All tools and materials, tea and biscuits, Idler Academy exercise book and a Hendrick’s cocktail

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