Julie Johnson is a Buckinghamshire based artist. Previously a children’s knitwear designer and toy maker, she is now applying her earlier skills to the art of taxidermy.
Self taught and inspired by taxidermists from the Victorian period, Julie has dedicated recent years to developing one-off pieces complete with their own handmade outfits and unique personalities.
Specialising in anthropomorphic taxidermy, Julie has combined her interest in vintage toys and designing clothes with her love for animals to develop her own individual style.
Her pieces aim to capture the personal beauty of each creature in sympathetic detail and affectionately combine that with the traditions of toy making. The end result is a limited number of highly distinctive pieces that are as lovable as they are unique.
Guild of Taxidermy statement
Taxidermy today has moved on from the way that Victorian taxidermists conducted their studies. We have very strict laws that prevent the illegal killing of certain birds and animals which the Guild support fully and this legal information is shared with all members.
These days many specimens are found at the roadside. Road traffic is the largest cause of death to wildlife in the U.K. Consultants to the British Trust for Ornithology estimate that almost 2 million creatures are killed on our roads every week (104 million per year) and although many are damaged beyond repair, a large percentage are left at the roadside with little damage. The use of these specimens presents no threat to our wildlife.