I make taxidermy for art, novelty and fashion. I'm not fetishising death, but starting a conversation around it. I've never claimed to make anything anatomically correct and I think the pieces that more traditional taxidermists do are really impressive and beautiful.
I get called a lot of things by taxidermy enthusiasts, animal-rights activists, and the media. I'm apparently an instructor, an expert, a hipster, an animal hater, a sicko, a stuffer...but one of the most puzzling things I have been called recently is a "woman taxidermist" and I get asked the same question time and time again "Why are so many women taking up taxidermy classes?".
Historically a hobby for game hunters and the wealthy, the wholesome practice of stuffing dead animals is becoming popular