Sunday, September 9, 2012

Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class with Sue Jeiven, London, Last Tuesday Society, September 29-30, 1-5

I am so very very excited to announce that Sue Jeiven's is bringing her wonderful and ubiquitously sold out Observatory "Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class" to the London as part of my month-long Morbid Anatomy Presents lineup at The Last Tuesday Society.

There will be two iterations of the class, one on Saturday the 29th and one on Sunday the 30th of September. No former taxidermy experience is required, and you need bring nothing; you will leave with your own taxidermied mouse set in a tableau, and the skills to create your own in the future; past student projects can be seen by clicking here. It must also be mentioned that Sue is a passionate and amazing teacher, and we have had nothing but excellent feedback about her class.

Class size is limited to 15, and, at least in Brooklyn, this class tends to sell out very quickly, so if interested, I suggest you purchase tickets straight away. 

For the Brits among you, you might want to check out this writeup about the Brooklyn iteration of the class in--yes, you guessed it--The Daily Mail, from which the classroom photos above were drawn. You can also watch a brief featurette on Sue and her work in the episode of The Midnight Archive above.

Full details for the class follow; you can purchase tickets by clicking here. Hope very much to see you there!
Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class  with Susan Jeiven
Dates: Saturday the 29th September 2012 and Sunday the 30th September 2012 
Cost: £60.00
Time: 1-5
Location: Last Tuesday Society, 11 Mare Street London E8 4RP

Anthropomorphic taxidermy–the practice of mounting and displaying taxidermied animals as if they were humans or engaged in human activities–was a popular art form during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The best known practitioner of the art form is British taxidermist Walter Potter who displayed his pieces–which included such elaborate tableaux as The Death of Cock Robin, The Kitten Wedding, and The Kitten Tea Party–in his own museum of curiosities.

We invite you to join taxidermist, tattoo artist and educator Susan Jeiven for a beginners class in anthropomorphic taxidermy. All materials–including a mouse for each student–will be provided, and each class member will leave at the end of the day with their own anthropomorphic taxidermied mouse. Students are invited to bring any miniature items with which they might like to dress or decorate their new friend; some props and miniature clothing will also be provided by the teacher. A wide variety of sizes and colors of mice will be available.

No former taxidermy experience is required.

Also, some technical notes:
  • We use NO harsh or dangerous chemicals.
  • Everyone will be provided with gloves.
  • All animals are disease free.
  • Although there will not be a lot of blood or gore, a strong constitution is necessary; taxidermy is not for everyone.
  • All animals were already dead, nothing was killed for this class. All mice used are feeder animals for snakes and lizards and would literally be discarded if not sold.
  • Please do not bring any dead animals with you to the class

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