Luna.

Researchers say that when the moon was formed, it was about 14,000 miles (22,530 kilometers) from Earth. It’s now more than 450,000 kilometers away; so why not keep our lovely Luna close to your heart!

I have been playing around with some different jewellery concepts for a while and have finally created some wonderful necklaces which are available on my Etsy site.

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These wonderfully large crescent moon pendants come on a 20inch silver chain and I promise I will ship all over this magnificent world! Go on, treat yourself.

Jennifer Angus

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What do you get if you mix wallpaper design and hundreds upon hundreds of dead bugs. You get Jennifer Angus.

Jennifer Angus creates incredibly intricate repetitive patterns by pinning exotic dried insects to walls and other surfaces. From a distance it appears as if it is just the pattern of the wallpaper but it is only on closer inspection that it becomes apparent that all is not quite as it seems.

Angus has been creating these installations for over ten years now. Her most recent work has been strongly influenced by the Victorians and their passion for travel, exploration and scientific discovery as well as their insatiable appetite for collecting wildlife (dead wildlife of course). She describes these collections as being exotic yet grotesque.

Although Angus is interested in these themes of collecting rare specimens she herself never uses endangered species. She collects her insects from ecologically sound and…

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Lucia Mocnay

What an absolutely incredible process to retain the beauty of these wonderful creatures!

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I spoke to the lovely Lucia Mocnay about her beautiful anthropomorphic foxes and how she got into taxidermy. I strongly recommend checking out the stop motion animations she talks about as part of her inspiration (just click on the links in the interview).
There’s also an exclusive sneak peek at her newest creation, Dame Eleonora Nautique (aka Mrs Shippy). Enjoy!

Death&Glory:How did you get into taxidermy?

Lucia Mocnay: I got into taxidermy pretty unconventionally I think. I was always working with bones and feathers and other found objects in my art (I studied Fine Arts at Monash Uni in Melbourne) so it was I guess a natural progression, though I got into actual taxidermy because my partner is a tattoo artist, and he was always needing all sorts of still life references to draw from, so when we went to buy some taxidermy, I had a close look at…

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Handy.

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“Lui Hua suffers from a rare condition known as macrodactyly. When he was hospitalized in Shanghai on July 2007, his left thumb measured 10.2 inches and his index finger measured close to 12. On July 20 surgeons undertook a seven-hour operation to reduce the size of Liu’s fingers and thumb. Doctors removed 11 pounds of flesh and bone in the procedure. A second surgery is scheduled to take place. Enlarged limbs can be caused by a number of medical conditions. Lymphedema is perhaps the most common cause and results in some extraordinarily enlarged limbs. ”

Taken from this interesting list of  unfortunate deformities.

‘Camel Girl.’

Ella Harper (born in Tennessee in 1873), known as the “Camel Girl”, was born with an orthopedic condition that caused her knees to bend backwards, called congenital genu recurvatum. This deformity is very rare. Her preference to walk on all fours resulted in her … Continue reading

Limbless, not helpless.

Limbless, not helpless.

Aloisia Wagner, better known with the stage name of Violetta, was born without legs or arms with a condition known as tetra-amelia syndrome. Though her earlier years are a mystery, it is known that in April 1924, Violetta immigrated to New York  from Bremen-Hemelingen, Germany, with her … Continue reading