Are 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.
Beginner Taxidermy Workshop
Sunday, June 7th, 2015 – sold 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.
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. The 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 wash 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.
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.
image #1 via Scout Magazine | images #2 and #3 via Owl and Windsor