This past Tuesday, I took a 4-hour beginners workshop of Anthropomorphic Taxidermy in this really fun studio in Brooklyn called "Morbid Anatomy".
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.
The instructor was a famous taxidermist, tattoo artist and educator Susan Jeiven.
(Don't worry, all the mice were disease free and already dead and would literally be discarded otherwise. They were not killed for this class. hehe)