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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

featured artist :: tiny warbler

from the archives: 09.11.09

name: Kate
company: Tiny Warbler
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What do you make?
I make small, soft animals made from my original patterns. They are made from melton wool, cashmere blends and I use cotton fabric and Japanese cottons as accents. They are stitched entirely by hand and are now being stuffed with soft (local) lambswool. I also make some limited edition items during special holidays. There will be bats in the shop again soon, just in time for Halloween. (and for fun, I am teaching myself how to make quilts.)

What or who inspires you?
I can find inspiration in almost anything! Obviously I am inspired by nature (I love watching animal planet!) but sometimes all it takes is a song, or a color. My creative husband is a constant source of inspiration for me as well.

How did you get started?
I’ve been creating and making things since I was little. Drawing, coloring, ceramics, collages- I loved it all. There was then a long period where I didn’t make anything, then I started to work for a local designer couple making their jewelry as production work. That got my hands moving again and inspired me to create something of my own. I had the urge to use some the fabric I had started collecting, so I picked up a pencil and started sketching. One thing lead to another and next thing I knew I had made an elephant. It all happened within a few hours. I was hooked. (and shocked!)

What are your favourite materials to work with?
I love working with textiles.(meaning, I have a slight fabric addiction!) Wool, linen, cotton fabric. It’s a nice contrast to the silver and bronze I had been working with in the jewelry studio.

Do you have any advice for those in the biz?
Oh, I don’t think I’m qualified to be offering up advice! I just try to keep an open mind, do everything to the best of my ability and treat people the way I would like to be treated in return. For me, I always try to remember that I started doing this because I like to make stuff. If it stops being fun, then I think it’s time to move on.