Are you fascinated with taxidermy but always wondered how it was done? Maybe you’ve tried it yourself but the results haven’t been that satisfactory. Well good news for those interested in learning the art – Brighton Museum will be hosting its first taxidermy workshop.
This workshop will be for anyone from beginner level to those wanting to brush up on their skills. The course will be run by ethical taxidermist Jazmine Miles-Long (http://www.jazminemileslong.com/), who learned her craft at the Booth Museum, before surpassing her teachers and becoming one of the best traditional taxidermist working today. Her ethical credentials also fit with our conservation message perfectly, and as such all specimens used on the day will be responsibly sourced victims of traffic accidents, sanctuary fatalities and dead birds found by the rangers on their patrols.
The workshop will happen over two Saturdays in July (4th and 11th) and will start with a brief overview of the history of taxidermy by the curator of natural sciences, followed by the class itself. The workshop will show you the full process of mounting a bird specimen, from skinning and fleshing the specimen, to cleaning the skin and building the mannequin for the bird. Because of the ethical nature of the event, it may not be possible for all attendees to have the same species of bird, but all specimens chosen will be suitable for beginner level students.
The workshop costs £250 (or £220 for members – so a good reason to sign up for membership and take advantage of free entry to our paid sites and exhibitions!). This represents remarkable value for money, as although the cost is similar to workshops offered elsewhere, you do not have to pay for your specimen on top of the workshop cost. Best of all, you get to take your work home with you!
For booking and further information on the workshop, please visit our website: http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/whats-on-2/#ethical-taxidermy-workshop
All images © Jazmine Miles-Long