This talk and demonstration, by Natalie Delany-John of Rest in Pieces offers the opportunity to gain unique insights and get up close to this age-old practice that remains macabre to some, and yet strangely beautiful to others.
Natalie will speak about the practice and history of taxidermy in this illustrated talk followed by a skinning demonstration. This workshop is not for the squeamish, but will fascinate those with a healthy curiosity and an open mind.
R.I.P Revival kits will be available for purchase on the night so that you can attempt a mouse in your own time.
Natalie Delaney-John started her taxidermy journey after she convinced one of Australia’s leading taxidermists to take her in as an apprentice. On the first day of Natalie’s mentorship he looked her up and down and declared: “You won’t last a second.” Three years later she is out on her own and the proud founder of Rest in Pieces, which conducts introductory taxidermy courses in Melbourne. The classes have been sold out every month and have been featured in The Age, RRR, the ABC and SBS.
2016 will see the launch of the R.I.P Revival kits, a mentorship in Canada with the world’s leading taxidermist and the launch of her first major exhibition.
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I learned that the acceptance of taxidermy in Australia has varied over time and differs to countries outside Australia. I learned how a mouse is skinned prior to be being finished. The class was informative and fun, thank you Nat.
I learnt so much about taxidermy & how it has & is now being practiced. This talk was a really eye opener & made me feel better educated on what was topic that I knew little about. I would definitely recommend this talk to any artist & even if you just have a genuine interest in the subject of art, animals, history & taxidermy. The wine was fab also!!