Anonymous asked: you havent posted a pic of you in foreverrr
Thanks creepy anon. Here is me right now with ma boyfrrrrrnd being nerds, eating cookies and shit. I promise he’s not a tiny man.
Anonymous asked: What do you work as? You never seem to be working are you a student?
I’ve answered questions like this before. I find it odd that people are so interested. Anyway, I’m 25, never been to uni never wanted to go to uni.
I run Rose’s Curiosities (www.rosecuriosities.com) in which I deal in vintage and antique items and work as a freelance Taxidermist and Freelance Taxidermist Conservator. I give museums and private collectors care sheets and advice on how to maintain a healthy taxidermy collection to the highest standard. Obviously as well as that I make Taxidermy birds and occasionally dabble in mice, rabbits and other small mammals. I’m also known to go work in museums now and again which means I get paid a freelance rate which is a nice sum of money.
I’m as broke as hell but mostly happy. I’m looking forward to not living in London next year because this just absorbs all my money. I work on Taxidermy when I can be bothered to, selling online means you can get orders whenever so you are kind of always working.
Don’t ask me if I’m going to stuff my pets, because I’m not.
Don’t ask me how I got into it, there is no life changing sob story. I just LIKE IT, I know it’s hard for you to comprehend that a human being could enjoy making dead things look alive again but some of us just aren’t squeamish or scared of death.
Don’t ask me how you become one and if you can become one and how much money you’ll make. You’ll know how to become one because you’ll love it so fucking much you’ll research it through books yourself and then the answer to your question is on the first page. Don’t even bother doing it for the money.
Don’t ask me what the biggest thing I’ve ever stuffed is, you have no idea that it’s the smallest specimens that are the hardest.
Stop saying ‘stuffed’ say ‘mounted’ and don’t giggle because they could be confused for sexual references.
Don’t attack Taxidermists for using dead animals, we are animals lovers and the vast majority of us use culled/natural causes animals. It’s just the minority that make us look bad.
Please stop asking me how Taxidermy is performed. It’s really not hard to google it. I really don’t like answering general obvious questions, it’s my work and not my ENTIRE life.
Don’t buy vintage Taxidermy unless you are a collector. It’s full of Arsenic and it’s usually shoddy.
Don’t rip off another Taxidermists work, we should all be working together to help save this dying art.
Don’t just assume a Taxidermist mounts animals all day long. We often restore and care for old specimens, this is where all the money is these days and you’ve got to be pretty fucking good at it if you want to work in a museum.
If you are a friend, don’t assume I’ll make you Taxidermy for free or discounted. I have to make a living.
And to other Taxidermists, stop bitching about young people taking up this area of work. Without them Taxidermy would die out and that’d be shit.
Alright, glad we got that out the way.
Anonymous asked: How old are you and how long have you been a Taxidermist??? How do you become one??
So many questions! I’m 25 years old and I’ve been a Taxidermist for 8 years I guess.
Just read books, keep reading books, practice, go to workshops, look at living animals, look at dead animals, go to museums, learn to sew, read more books, talk to other Taxidermists, share secrets, get a pet and stare at it all day, collect Taxidermy, watch tutorials on youtube, read some more books and then practice, practice, practice, practice.