In celebration of the 500th admirer of Stormblood Curiosities on Etsy. It means a lot to me that 500 of the people who have visited my shop and enjoyed it so much, that they chose to follow it on Etsy!
And when exciting happy things, such as hitting even-numbered goals (In the hundreds?!!? Say what?!?!) I like to give things away to my Facebook followers.
Consider this your tumblr-exclusive pre-announcement that if you are a follower of the official Stormblood Curiosities FB page, then you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win some fantastical art.
More info, soon-to-come, my lovely oddies. Please share or reblog this post if you feel like you know some other lovers of the fantastically flabbergastable!
The Creepy Vintage Taxidermy of Walter Potter
Arguably one of the founding fathers of English Taxidermy, Walter Potter was born on July 2nd 1835 in the village of Bramber in West Sussex. Very little remains of this museum today and the actual site is now a house. Only a very small plaque commemorates this man’s achievements in this art form.
Walter used taxidermy to produce tableaux depicting groups of animals behaving as though they were tiny humans. Walter lived until 1918 (he suffered a stroke, from which he never recovered) when the ownership passed to his daughter and subsequently to his grandson who kept the taxidermy museum open in Bramber where it was a famous tourist attraction for many years prior to its final museum resting place at Jamaica Inn, on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall.
The most famous exhibit in Potter’s taxidermy museum is The Kitten’s Tea and Croquet Party. It has 37 little kittens having tea, or playing croquet, with onlookers and waitresses. Walter Potter shows great attention to detail, two kittens appear to be reading a time-table, another is brushing its hair. A social gathering of some importance seems to be taking place, a courteous young kitten is offering a plate of ‘mouse tarts’ to his neighbor.
Well. This is awesome.
Audrii muscipula - My carnivorous plant. Raccoon, skunk, box turtle, mink, coyote, and mouse bones. All real - ALWAYS! Thanks for looking. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions… all are for sale.
Fantastic artist! I love any opportunities to work with bones, and this work is so unique.