Inspirations and Toy Collections

Posted on Sep 29, 2013

As an anthropomorphic taxidermist, the key to my designs is creating a unique character for each animal so today I wanted to show you what inspires my design process.

A big part of my inspiration comes from the extensive toy collection I have been building up over the past 5 decades right from my childhood in the sixties. I am always adding to this collection picking up things in second hand shops, markets and eBay. You would think I would run out of space but I manage to find a home for everything, even if it is within the busy confines of my toy cabinet in the kitchen.

I like to position some of my earlier taxidermy works amongst my toys bringing them to life like the rabbit in Wellington boots below who sits next to one of my favourite possessions, Florence from the Magic Roundabout.

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The fluffy cat and monkey figurines above are some of the only remaining toys I still have from my early childhood.

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I love old fashioned dolls and tin toys, the baby dolls in red and yellow were Mothers Day presents originally from Japan.

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This little lion my daughter bought me for Christmas from a car boot sale is just great.

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Aside from toys, I also love collecting kitsch lighting and hang fairy lights on everything to create a nice atmosphere when it gets dark at night. The angel and toad stool lamps above are by a brand called Heico who are the best when it comes to novelty lighting.

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This is my rather over populated toy cupboard home to some of my most treasured things including my Noddy collection.

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These Giant Googly Eyes have allowed me to even bring my family fridge to life.

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I like to dress all animals in the house, my belief is that everything looks good when it has a crown on the top of its head or a neckerchief tied around its neck.

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My conservatory attracts bees over the summer and sadly we lose a few. I love how fuzzy and cute they look so couldn’t resist in anthropomorphising some of them like the bumble bee above with a bow in her bonnet.

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