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Topic: Wunderkammer in a box (dead animals ahead!)  (Read 7395 times)
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MissTessaMelissa
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2009 08:34:27 AM »

I really like the look of the hand you made. I was looking at the pics before I read it and was wondering, "Is that a monkey paw?". Smiley Yeah, taxidermy creeps me out.  When I drive back to my hometown for holidays there's a taxidermy "hut" on a hill that's been there for decades. It's a creepy shack on a hill surrounded by a forest of dark trees. That's how I know I'm home, when I see the hut.
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« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2009 11:31:30 AM »

I really admire the talent and hard work that went into this, but would you be offended if I said that it's totally gross? Grin  It kind of reminded me of this creepy park in the town where I live.  It's called Hidden Hollow.  We made the mistake of visiting one time when we first moved here.  Yeah, never again.  It's got a very Deliverance feel to it.  I told my husband "you know that they totally kill people here on the weekends".  Anyway, they had a sad and inhumane looking petting zoo and right next to it was a big glass-walled room with a huge sign that said "Hidden Hollow's Former Residents" and there were big taxidermied (not a word, I know) versions of most of the same kinds of animals they had walking around RIGHT NEXT to that room.  Shudder shudder.  Anyway, this reminded me of that.  I guess you were going for a high creep factor, though, right?  If not, I'm sorry if my babbling has been horribly offensive. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2009 02:02:25 PM »

This is sooo Cabinet of Curiosities!
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ars_anima
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2009 04:32:10 PM »

Wow! that's a lot of kind comments! thanks, folks!

Jaime_n : I still got the anus picture if you wanna see :p btw tanning a rat is very simple. The skin just peels off the fat and muscle, and it doesn't require to be thinned, so it's just a matter of not tearing it when peeling it off.

cross_my_hooks: I think I spent half of my time making new things look old in this project, so your comment means a lot!  Smiley As for taxidermy, it's too creepy and interesting to stop doing it ^^

mlheran: Hey, don't make my head inflate Cheesy

aada: Taxidermy is quite touching indeed, I love it!

reese29: I got a lot of inspiration from the sideshow industry, actually. And the peephole is just to fuck a bit with people, I just hope no children will try to look when it will be exhibited! XD

nataluna: hey, I love easy puns too! don't be sorry! This year, I wanted to push myself and my art & craft, so I worked (and still work) on projects that are a bit more "touchy". I love to make people uncomfortable!

Modern_day_juliet: The sad thing is that the pictures don't do justice to it. There's a lot of hidden little details and stuff that don't show up in the picture. And it was easy to do, all you'd need to achieve it is inspiration!

acidtrix: thanks!

dancedupapillon: Haha you shouldv'e seen my friends' faces when I told them I was going to put a skinned rat dancing with it's own skin XD priceless.

As for the hand, it was made with a wire armature beefed up with masking tape and covered in cotton and latex.

MissTessaMelissa: I need pictures of that hut! Shocked

Thankyoulocust: Lol don't worry i'm not offended easily! And I perfectly understand you for saying it's gross. However, if you would have witnessed the skinning & gutting of the rats, and smelled the horrible, rank aroma that came out of the rat while it was drying in the oven (at 50C!) you wouldn't think it looks so gross anymore :p

And these folks at hidden hollow have a very wicked sense of humour, or are just too damn creepy!

teapotdnky: guess why I called it a Wunderkammer?  ^^
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glitterbug12
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2009 04:49:20 PM »

kinda weird, but so cool. you did a really good job Smiley
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ars_anima
« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2009 06:15:13 PM »

thanks!
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bonberri
« Reply #16 on: March 06, 2009 08:42:23 PM »

Nice work! How'd you mummify the body that's dancing with its own skin?
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« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2009 10:44:33 PM »

I can honestly say that this is the most original piece I've seen on Craftster... This is why I love this place! You have your crocheted afghans, your frosted cupcakes, and your rat intestines - wait, WHAT? Wink
Seriously though, your piece looks very fascinating and you can really tell the talent that went into it.
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DogGrrl
« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2009 12:41:16 AM »

Okay, I have to step up here and say I think these sort of projects need a warning on them.  I applaud your creativity but I almost threw up when I opened hottest new topics

If you want to use dead animals in your craft/art that is fine, I just think that there should be a warning.

I dont care where the animals came from, in my opinion, it is disrespectful on so many levels, not only to the animal but to those of us that have dedicated our time, money and resources to make sure that animals are treated with respect.  In life, as well as in death.

Yes, those rats were bred for snake food, but I personally find your use for them offensive.  That is just my opinion.

I certainly appreciate your originality but do not want to see this, ever.
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bonberri
« Reply #19 on: March 07, 2009 06:05:45 AM »

Dogrrl, I respect your opinion, but in looking back at the post, I think that there was ample warning that it might be something that you would not want to see. A page of statements like "no animals were harmed" and explanations about source of the animals, and the word "taxidermy" should have raised the alarm before you scrolled down and got to the photos. 
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