A Saturday Afternoon of Anthropomorphic Taxidermy with Top Taxidermist Suzette Field
Date: Saturday 1st July 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 a dancing, singing, pipe-smoking or motorbike-riding mole this workshop is 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.
The Idler Academy invites you to join taxidermist Suzette Field for a beginners class in naturalist taxidermy looking at that subterranean creature, the European Mole. All materials – including a mole for each student – will be provided, and each class member will leave at the end of the day with their own taxidermied mole.
Suzette Field 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 mole, a quirky talking point for your mantelpiece and a new experience to tell your friends about.
Students can choose to pose their mole 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.
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 wonderful selection of anthropomorphic accessories to dress up your mole.