Taxidermy Workshop – new date added

TaxidermyWorkshopN1Thank you to everybody that signed up for the beginner taxidermy workshop with Gabrielle Whiteley of Owl and Windsor. Did you catch Gabrielle on the front page of the Georgia Straight last week? Well, our first workshop is now sold out and we have added a second date! Join us at the shop on Saturday, July 25th from 10-2pm and learn the processes and techniques behind basic taxidermy. Be sure to sign up soon, so you don’t miss out!

For a complete workshop description including some answers to frequently asked questions, click here.

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Saturday, July 25th, 2015
10:00am to 2:00 pm
London Fields Shoppe – 692 East Hastings, Vancouver

Cost: $210.00 plus tax. Space is limited to 10 students.

REGISTER online here or in person at London Fields Shoppe located at 692 East Hastings (at Heatley Street) in Vancouver (open 11-5pm Wednesday to Sunday).

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Originally from London, UK, Gabrielle Whiteley has always had a fascination with taxidermy and the natural world from a very young age. Seeing giant dioramas at the Natural History Museum as a child to her keen interest in Biology and Fine Art were definite factors that sparked her curiosity for taxidermy and oddities. The history and the process of taxidermy was what led Gabrielle to teach herself the techniques of the art, which eventually created Owl & Windsor. She considers taxidermy as connection of both Art and Biology and it is this tie that inspires and influences her work. Her work has already profiled on CBC radio, CBC online, Scout Magazine and Vancouver is Awesome.

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new workshop :: beginner taxidermy

BeginnerTaxidermy1BeginnerTaxidermy2TaxidermyWorkshop3Are you ready for another workshop? Gabrielle Whiteley from Owl and Windsor will be teaching the processes and techniques behind basic taxidermy. Students will learn how to mount their own mouse in a 4 hour hands on class. The workshop will cover how to skin, clean, prepare, and mount one mouse using  traditional dry preservation methods. Students will have the options to create a naturalistic pose, or an anthropomorphic pose -a practice in which animals are posed as if they have human characteristics- an art form made famous by Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter.

The class fee covers all materials, supplies, and specimens.  There will be a selection of props and accessories provided, however students are encouraged to bring their own accessories and bases if they want to create something specific. Each student will leave the class with their own finished piece, the knowledge and practices of basic taxidermy, and after care instructions. It is advised that students bring a small box or bag to transport their new creation home safely.

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Beginner Taxidermy Workshop
Sunday, June 7th, 2015sold out

NEW DATE – Saturday July 25th 

10:00 am to 2:00 pm
London Fields Shoppe – 692 East Hastings, Vancouver

Cost: $210.00 plus tax. Space is limited to 10 students.

REGISTER online here or in person at London Fields Shoppe located at 692 East Hastings (at Heatley Street) in Vancouver (open 11-5pm Wednesday to Sunday).

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Some frequently asked questions answered:

There are no harsh or dangerous chemicals used in the class (borax is what is used)

All specimens used are legally and ethically sourced. Owl & Windsor does not condone animal cruelty or the slaughter of animals simply for the purposes of taxidermy. Specimens have been purchased from reptile ​feeder​​ suppliers​​ where the animals have been humanely euthanized to feed reptiles and amphibians.

All specimens are disease free. T​he suppliers take​ ​extra precautions to produce healthy and virus free feeder animals​, but as with dealing with any dead specimen it is important to thoroughly was​h your hands after handling them. Gloves will be provided during the class for those who would like to use them.

Please do not bring any raw dead animals with you to the class and in consideration to other students, dissection of the carcass will not be allowed in the class. We will not be liable for any injuries or allergic reactions resulting from using sharp craft knives and borax or any other materials.

If you have any other questions about the workshop, please contact the shop via email at hello(at)londonfieldsshoppe(dot)com.

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Originally from London, UK, Gabrielle Whiteley has always had a fascination with taxidermy and the natural world from a very young age. Seeing giant dioramas at the Natural History Museum as a child to her keen interest in Biology and Fine Art were definite factors that sparked her curiosity for taxidermy and oddities. The history and the process of taxidermy was what led Gabrielle to teach herself the techniques of the art, which eventually created Owl & Windsor. She considers taxidermy as connection of both Art and Biology and it is this tie that inspires and influences her work. Her work has already profiled on CBC radio, CBC online, Scout Magazine and Vancouver is Awesome.

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image #1 via Scout Magazine | images #2 and #3 via Owl and Windsor

The Sunday Best Series | Social Yoga

YogaWhy does Saturday night get all the fun?

Social Yoga is bringing their Sunday best to London Fields Shoppe starting at the end of this month! Social Yoga is not your everyday yoga class. Literally. They run weekly small-group classes using yoga as a tool for connection. Classes are held in unconventional places (like us!) where you get to know the people you’re with and you get to call the shots. No fancy frills or add ons, just a straight and original Social Yoga flow class followed by their signature post-yogs activities. Come discover what it looks like to be your best self amongst good company. Sunday best attire not required. We’ll get you stretching your mind and your body, as well as your social circle.

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Sundays, May 24 | 31 and June 14 | 21
9:30am to 11:30am
London Fields Shoppe – 692 East Hastings at Heatley Street, Vancouver
Spaces are limited to 8 students. Pre-registration required.

For more information and to register, click here.

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About Social Yoga… As a Type-A ‘first time yoga class hater’ who had a serious case of the “can’t sit stills”, Anita is now on a mission to bring this ancient practice down to (modern day) earth. Anita has her B’Sc and has studied multiple types of movement ranging from Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) to Pilates, and of course, Yoga. She has participated in yoga trainings in Vancouver, BC and in Melbourne, AUS with Amy Ippoliti.

By weaving her experience as a teacher, facilitator, and real life experience of the power of yoga and meditation, Anita keeps Social Yoga classes intentional, in a light-hearted way.

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Styling + Photography Workshop with the Artful Desperado

StylingWorkshop-1I first met Gabriel at an impromptu breakfast back in 2013 and have been a fan of his work ever since. Have you checked out his blog, The Artful Desperado? It’s amazing and I’m super excited that he’ll be hosting a styling and photography workshop on Saturday, May 23rd in our shop space!

This hands on workshop is designed to teach you the basics of styling and photography. It will be jampacked with pro advice to take your styling game to the next level.

Lessons include: the process of styling from beginning to end, natural light and composition, basics of photo editing, affordable photography equipment and props (including practicing with some rad products from London Fields Shoppe and a few DIY tips), and tips for using images on social media.

Learn how to bring your vision to life, develop your style, and meet a bunch of creative Vancouverites. Win/win!

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Saturday, May 23rd, 2015Sold Out – thank you!
Saturday, June 13th, 2015 – Sold Out – thank you!
New dates to be added for September / October – TBD
10:00am to 2:00 pm (15 minute break included)
London Fields Shoppe – 692 East Hastings, Vancouver

Equipment required:

  • Camera (DSLR preferred but not required. Phone cameras are welcome).
  • Laptop with photo editing software (You can use the one included with your camera, or you can download a trial or purchase any other kind like photoshop, gimp, etc).
  • Any additional equipment to transfer images from your camera to your laptop (e.g. usb
    cable or flash card adaptor).

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Gabriel Cabrera is a Vancouver-based Food and Prop Stylist and author of the popular blog Artful Desperado. His work has been featured by several online and print publications including Bon Appetit, Huffington Post, Food52, Residence Magazine, The Kitchn, and many others. His client list includes game changing brands such as Tourism Australia, Air New Zealand, West Elm, Urban Outfitters, and Luvo Inc where he currently acts as resident Stylist and Photographer.

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images by Gabriel Cabrera

got craft? :: thank you!

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Have something to share? As we’re zonked out on the couch post show, one of my favourite things to do is scroll through instagram to see all of your pictures! Make sure to tag them #GotCraft or @lfieldsshoppe!

images by [stu-di-o] by jeanie // vendors: Reclaimed Print Co, Little and Lively, The Uncommon Good, and Owl and Windsor