What I Do
I am a taxidermist, artist and educator. Taxidermists preserve animals’ bodies for display or study. I work with museums creating new displays within historical collections and preserving rare species used for scientific research. I also renovate existing natural history collections within museums. I produce private commissions for homes and work with artists fabricating their own sculptures that incorporate my taxidermy.
I also create my own artwork that I hope respects the animal and focuses on the beauty of living things, giving the viewer the chance to explore nature up close. Creating taxidermy for both the gallery and museum context has led my own work to sit between the realms of art and education. I explore the role of the ‘museum’ and the hidden intricacies of the craft of taxidermy itself.
I only create taxidermy using birds and mammals that have died from natural causes or as the result of a road collision. I run taxidermy workshops and lectures in museums, schools and galleries. I aim to give an insight into the processes of taxidermy and to inspire and promote a good ethical practice.
Job in Taxidermy
As a taxidermist you can find work in many different areas: in science and education creating pieces for study or inspiration within museums, schools and universities; in Tv, film, advertising, theatre and photography producing props; in fashion, designing wearable objects; in interior design working within spaces to create bespoke work; in fine art fabricating works with artists or simply creating artwork yourself, and for private collections creating taxidermy for homes and collectors.
I have always enjoyed making things with my hands so growing up I planned to become an artist. Museum and gallery spaces felt like safe, exciting and inspiring places for me as a child and they still do. After graduation I planned to become a conservationist so I could work with collections whilst funding my life as an artist. It wasn’t until volunteering at the Booth Museum of Natural History in Brighton after graduating from university that I fell in love with the craft of taxidermy. The curator at the time showed me how to skin an egret and prepare a mole skull and I was hooked. My fascination with nature and my love of making found a perfect marriage in taxidermy and I have been doing it ever since.