Perfect for beginners, experts, or anyone in between, this class will provide students with materials and instruction to create a totally unique piece of wearable taxidermy! The class will begin with a short illustrated lecture on wearable taxidermy, from prehistoric speculation, to shrunken heads, Victorian hummingbird jewelry, and a modern day discussion of sustainably obtained animal products in art and fashion. Students will then design their piece and bring it to life using the guidance, tips, tricks, and techniques advised by Divya, whose wearable taxidermy designs have been featured in NY Mag's "The Cut" and various "Top 10 of NY Fashion Week" lists. Her past life as a commercial footwear and accessory designer lives on in her passion for wearable art!
Students will be creating a small fascinator or headband, or a wearable piece of their own design with the materials provided (hat bases, pelts, and wings, a selection of jewelry findings and other decorative flourishes.) Students are also welcome to bring their own special findings or pieces for use in class. Let your creativity truly run wild! Each student will leave class with a finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future.
It is recommended students bring a small bag or box to transport their pieces.
Divya Anantharaman is an award winning professional taxidermist who spends her free time volunteering with various wildlife conservation efforts. She is a former taxidermist in residence at the (now closed) Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, a board member of the New England Association of Taxidermists, and author of “Stuffed Animals: A Modern Guide to Taxidermy”. Her clients include museums, art galleries, and private collectors.