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THE WAY OF ALL FLESH
Rat Taxidermy in the Cemetery

Sunday 4th October 2015 from 1:30 pm

In this four and a half hour workshop you will be instructed in the process and techniques behind basic taxidermy, learning how to skin, prep, preserve, mount and position the animal.
This is a beginners' course with no experience required and you will leave with your own stuffed rat to provide a talking point at home.

 

Tickets £60 including a Hendrick's Gin Cocktail.

Students can choose to pose their mount in a naturalist setting, but they will also be introduced to the art of anthropomorphism, the attribution of human characteristics to animals. This practice has been widely explored in the medium of taxidermy and was most famously realised by the Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter. His Museum of Curiosities featured wondrous bestial dioramas including a classroom of 48 bunnies in 'Rabbit School' and a wedding party of kittens dressed in morning coats and lace dresses with frilly knickers.
This is a beginners' course with no experience required and you will leave with your own stuffed rat to provide a talking point at home.
GUIDANCE NOTES:
*All rodents are ethically sourced and were not killed specifically for these workshops. They were bred as feeder animals for snakes and lizards. Not only would they be discarded if they weren’t sold but the reptiles who eat them wouldn’t be able to survive if the feeder rodents weren’t commercially available. Unlike us omnivores the majority of reptilian species don’t have the option of being vegetarian.
*NO dangerous chemicals will be used and all animals are disease free.
* Please be advised that this class is not for the faint hearted. There will be minimal blood and gore, but taxidermy is not for everyone.
* Please do not bring any dead animals with you to the class