My latest taxidermy creations are these bride and groom rats that I have been working on for a commissioned piece that has turned out to be one of my favourite projects to date.
Aside from making and dressing the taxidermy rats, I have also enjoyed creating the scene that I have photographed them in which includes tiny hand cut confetti and a paper flower wired arch.
For the bride rat, I have handmade a skirt from lace that I picked up in a local antique shop and customised with a silk tutu. I then made a netted veil with a beaded hair band topped off with paper flowers and a bouquet to match
I wanted to make the groom rat look both traditional and dapper so designed him felt trousers with braces, a bowler hat with ribbon detailing and a velvet bow tie.
If you would like me to work on a commissioned taxidermy piece for you then please do get in touch by emailing me suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To mark the beginning of December, today I have been giving some of my taxidermy creations a festive makeover with the help of my ever-growing collection of Christmas decorations.
As photographs of my home might suggest, I love Christmas decorations old and new and continue to pick up new pieces every year. Brand new additions this year include an array of miniature snow-tipped fir trees that I have customised with fabric flowers and pom poms and some marching deer that I painted and dressed up in party hats and hula skirts.
Especially for this festive-themed post, I have made a fuzzy white beard for one of my moles and dressed my ballerina mouse in a felt Santa hat with matching fur-trimmed mittens.
Mr Mole becomes Santa Claws!
Marching deer and a pom pom snowman dressed in handmade party hats.
I bought this little tree to life with a pair of googly eyes and handmade Santa hat and mittens.
This miniature tree has been topped off with a tiny vintage doll wearing a real-life pair of bumble bee wings.
The ballerina mouse is ready to perform a Christmas edition of the Nut Cracker with this stage I painted and put together!
If you would like to find out more details about anything featured in this post then please do get in touch by emailing me at email@example.com.
This week I have been working hard on making my latest mole creations. These particular two died of natural causes and were sourced by my brother Graham in the surroundings of his home in Buckinghamshire.
Moles have been my most interesting animal to work with since I started to do taxidermy, mainly because I knew very little about their anatomy beforehand. They have soft, velvety fur, big front claws and small back feet. Their eyes are so small you can barely see them and they do have ear sockets, but again these are almost indistinguishable. I am also surprised at how sharp and pointed their teeth are as I don’t think I had ever really seen images of them with their mouths open before.
Similarly to my Dolly Ratty, I photographed the step-by-step process of how I made and dressed my Fez Mole.
I decided to dress this particular mole in a Turkish fez hat complimented with handmade, felt slippers.
As the moles eyes are so incredibly tiny, I made this miniature pair of wire glasses to instantly bring him to life.
This photograph shows just how sharp the moles teeth are.
Sitting next to my finished Fez Mole is Mr. Moley who I dressed in felt breeches, braces and a bow tie.
If you would be interesting in purchasing one of my moles then please do get in touch. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The fluffy cat and monkey figurines above are some of the only remaining toys I still have from my early childhood.
I love old fashioned dolls and tin toys, the baby dolls in red and yellow were Mothers Day presents originally from Japan.
This little lion my daughter bought me for Christmas from a car boot sale is just great.
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.
This is my rather over populated toy cupboard home to some of my most treasured things including my Noddy collection.
These Giant Googly Eyes have allowed me to even bring my family fridge to life.
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.
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.
Today I am celebrating as, with the help of my family, my website www.juliejohnsontaxidermy.com is finally finished so make sure you have a good look around.
My favourite part of the anthropomorphic taxidermy process is when I get to create a character for each one of my creatures so for my first blog post I thought I would give you a step-by-step guide into how I dress each animal.
STEP ONE: Pinning into shape.
The little rat is pinned in position drying out and waiting for its own personal set of clothes.
STEP 2: Costume design.
While I am waiting for the rat to be ready, I spend the next couple of days designing and making an outfit. With its cute face and fragile features, I decided to turn this white rat into a beautiful ballerina.
Pretty in pink, its outfit includes a frilly tutu and petticoat hand crafted from vintage fabrics and some fuzzy ballerina slippers delicately made from felt.
STEP 3: Dressing up.
Once the outfit is complete and the rat is ready, it’s time to get dressed.
STEP 4: I’m finished.
Finishing the look off with a pink satin bow, my ballerina rat is now ready for a new home.
Welcome to my blog! This is the place where I will be filling you in on the ins and outs of being an anthropomorphic taxidermist. I hope you like what you see and please feel free to ask me any questions along the way.