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METAMORPHOSIS
Metamorphosis are objects for the home.
Birds hide are stretched over geometrical forms that transform the material’s flat surface into undefined objects or sculptures.
I was inspired from taxidermy and the ways of tanning bird skin. Birds skin is a underutilized material that could be great value of, and I explored the potential to use the bird to the full. I put myself in contact with hunters, and worked with this by-product, the bird skin, but by preserving and displaying the animal it is showed respect, instead of being throwned away.
I tanned the birds skin but tanning is the process of treating skins of animals to produce leather. In the north of Iceland is the largest tanning factory in Europe, where i spent few days to learn about the process of tanning leather.
 
Each year around 300.000 birds are shot in Iceland and once the meat has been removed from the skin, the hide is thrown away, although there are ways to tan it like skin from most other animals. Today the hide is only used in taxidermy. Most of us have never even touched such a material, but mounted birds are usually forbidden to touch, -because they're too fragile.
While handling these objects they provoke certain feeling, but because the hide is not in its traditional shape, -birdshape, the experience is undefined and in a way wandering. -It is what you define it is.
 
While handling these objects they provoke certain feeling, but because the hide is not in its traditional shape, -birdshape, the experience is undefined and in a way wandering. -It is what you define it is.
Taxidermy comes from the human longing for wonder, beauty and knowledge. It is believed that taxidermy has been around for many centuries. It may even go back to the beginning of man. Saving trophies has always been a favorite pastime of man. When man first began to hunt he would want a trophy of his kill. And some homes would be filled with mounted animals from all over the world.
Initially, taxidermy was a crude and unsophisticated process. Animals were literally gutted, their hides were tanned and then stuffed with cotton or straw and sewed back up for display. Since then the preservation methods have improved greatly, now taxidermist stretch the animal’s skin over sculpted molds, or mannequins instead of being stuffed with straw and other materials. The molds make it possible to have a more realistic shape and look to the animal and it lasts for a very long time.
This project is open in that way that it has potential of further implementation, and points out how with the use of design it is possible to increase the value of the birds hide with more research and eventually singularize it.
The results are these five geometrical object, made from Mallard, The Great Cormorant and The Red-breasted Merganser all that had previously been shot for fine delicacy by various icelandic hunters.