Amber Maykut is a professional taxidermist and owner of Brooklyn Taxidermy, a taxidermy art studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Amber and her work have been featured in The Guardian, VICE, LA Times, National Geographic, New York Magazine, TimeOut NY, Business Insider, Oxygen TV, and many more. For more info on the instructor and her work, please visit: www.brooklyntaxidermy.com or @ambermaykut on Instagram.
Join Atlas Obscura, Oddities Flea Market and Amber Maykut for a special workshop, part of our Illumination of Wondrous Arts and Curious Crafts weekend curated by Ryan Matthew Cohn.
The practice of taxidermy has developed concurrently with humankind for millennia. Here, you have a unique opportunity to learn all about this incredible craft from Amber Maykut, a skilled professional in the field who has worked and trained with some of the best and now operates her own taxidermy shop in Brooklyn, New York.
Even a chipmunk can aspire to the spiritual path. In this beginner's anthropomorphic taxidermy workshop, you will learn to mount your own chipmunk attired in nun's costuming. All materials (including an ethically sourced specimen, professional taxidermy mannequin, glass eyes, wood stand, nun habit and clothing, and props) will be provided. You will leave the class with your finished creation reflecting your own style.
ABOUT THE ILLUMINATION OF WONDROUS ARTS AND CURIOUS CRAFTS
This event is one in a series of workshops, presented by Atlas Obscura in partnership with The Oddities Flea Market, that celebrates unique artists and their passion for interesting crafts. The event is a chance to spend part or all of the weekend diving into the deep end to explore your creativity in unexpected ways. In addition to Small Creature Taxidermy, there are workshops Victorian-inspired Perfumery with Lacey Walker from Seance Perfumes, Wax Anatomy Sessions with Heather O'Shaughnessy from Salon Decire, Cat Skeleton Articulation with Ryan Cohn, Octopus Taxidermy with ScientificWoman, and special portrait sittings with famed photographer Karen Jerzyk.
No prior taxidermy experience is required. No harsh or dangerous chemicals are used. No specimens are killed for the sake of taxidermy. All specimens are ethically sourced, and this taxidermy lesson uses feeder animals (smaller animals intended to be provided as food for non-wild animals), utilizing the skin of the specimen only. The inner remains will be frozen and donated to serve as food at local wildlife businesses, serving their original intention.
The size of the mounted chipmunk is about 5 inches tall, standing upright. Students are welcomed to bring their own props to further decorate their taxidermy creation.
Students must arrive 20 minutes prior to the start time.
Attendees will receive additional information regarding location and parking about 48 hrs before the event. Make sure to check your spam folder if you do not see any message.
Questions? Email Carlyle Coash at email@example.com.
All materials (including an ethically sourced specimen, professional taxidermy mannequin, glass eyes, wood stand, nun habit and clothing, and props) will be provided. You will leave the class with your finished creation reflecting your own style.
There are 15 spots available on this experience.