Sometimes something so bizarre comes along, you just have to try it. How about anthropomorphic mouse taxidermy at the London Steampunk Market on 26 October?
Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human characteristics to things that are not human…such as mice. In this workshop we will be exploring the process of taxidermy using little white mice and creating personal pieces of anthrpomorphic art using props.
Step by step you’ll learn the basics of taxidermy with manual crafting skills and non-toxic preservatives. From the first incision, you’ll remove bone and tissue, learning how to handle the creature, while getting a good look at it’s anatomy. After washing, drying and preserving the pelt, you’ll have the opportunity to wire up and stuff your mouse, sewing and positioning him, then attaching any objects you see fit to make him into an anthropomorphic creation of your choice using the props provided.
A selection of steampunk and other small props will be available to choose from including top hats, watch-gear monocles and glasses, tiny leather suitcases, chairs, old timey tripod cameras, bottles of liquor, and more. Feel free to bring your own props and clothing too for your mouse (I suggest 1:12 ratio doll house accessories).
If you dont fancy anthropomorphism, we can put your mouse in a natural position and feel free to bring any implements you may like to place your mouse on, such as a leaf, flower, feather, wine glass, wood block, etc.
The mice themselves are either sourced from reptile feed suppliers or are breeder mice from university laboratories. No animals are killed for the sake of the course. Please do not bring your any dead animals along.
I will be happy to answer any questions you have about future endeavors into taxidermy.
To book onto the course on 26 October, click here.
To learn more about the history of anthropomorphic taxidermy and views on teaching taxidermy, visit www.ofcorpsetaxidermy.wordpress.com
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