Monday, December 13, 2010

Dramatic Taxidermy

I was very inspired by Morgan Mavis of The Contemporary Zoological Conservatory with the way she displays her taxidermy collection. She has a large room and uses large heads to great effect. I decided to do a wall of deer heads and it has been in the works for a while and today I found the perfect final deer for that wall. This lovely vintage white deer from Texas!
I love the drama on my 12 foot wall of the large deer heads.
Two of the deer are looking off in one direction, adding a real sense of life to the display.
I highly recommend going for a big statement if you have a nice big wall to work with! I'm thinking maybe a group of jackal heads next time :-)


Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I assume all these deer died of natural causes.

Pandora said...

Yes, I think it was old age in most cases. Or perhaps a hunting accident.

Tink said...

Sis, it looks magical. You should point out that all of our taxidermy is antique and therefore, no animal was killed for our pleasure. The animals in these antique pieces would have been long since deceased and we are merely keeping their spirit alive by enjoying their beauty! They need party hats!

Sweet Repose-Junk Revival said...

Fortunately for the taxidermist of today, methods are so much easier to accomplish the look of lifelike wildlife then they were back in the day. When I first started taxidermy almost 30 years ago, things were still pretty primitive, but now it's truly an art form...wish I'd have kept all my work, who knew my tastes would move to the dark side...LOL!

I adore the old parlor/bordello look to my 100 year old home(shack), it's decrepit state makes it the perfect backdrop for my strange. I no longer do taxidermy...but that doesn't mean I won't dabble again, I loved mounting the birds, my daughter did the mammals...ahhh, strange!!!

My deceased husband was an avid hunter, which is the reason I started my biz, no part of the animal went to waste, it wasn't about the trophy for us, but sadly, the human species has left little room for the wildlife to roam. My husband regularly culled the old or weak of the herd he hunted,keeping a constant eye on the health of the herd, sustaining a healthy population for stronger breeding. So sad that so many hunters are born of gluttony, tis the way of the world these days.

Love your home and shop!!!


Eccentricities said...

LOVE IT! I have a deer head in my living room and he likes to listen to Lou Reed on the turntable.

My husband got me a blesbok skull for my birthday that graces the bedroom wall. So much interest and fascination with antlers!!

Love the fabulous things on your blog. Cheers!