2.17.2011

Carcass Week!

What a hectic month I've had! First of all, my boy and I've moved into a new apartment, and moving commanded most of my time these past couple weeks. The apartment came with an adorable cat who was left there (hrmph) by her previous owner. I re-named her Bird... she chirps sometimes.

my cat, Bird

Last week I completed a t-shirt design based on a news article. The article can be viewed here. What's believed to be the world's oldest cemetery was found in Jordan, and archaeologists found fox remains buried next to the human remains, and were treated similarly. This led scientists to believe that the foxes may have been kept as pets.

Ancient Celestial Pet Cemetary T-Shirt
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Based on this project and the items we moved into her apartment, Bird probably noticed our fascination with skeletons, oddities and the like. The day after Valentine's Day she gave us a gift: a tiny dead mouse!

Bird killed a mouse

She must have known it was the perfect size for the piece I am currently working on for Thesis. I've never tried taxidermy before, but the internet gives you pretty easy step-by-step instructions. I've been a vegetarian for several years now, so it took about an hour to muster up the courage to make the first cut... but after that it was surprisingly easy.

Taxidermy Mouse

Taxidermy Mouse

i've spared you the gory details. the second one is for scale... I'd have to say it would probably be easier to stuff a bigger mouse, but I took what I was given. In a future post, I'll show you what this little guy gets used for.

4 comments:

  1. The link to the newpaper article doesn't work. At least not for me. But you know me. Is Egor going to ride the mouse? Shirt is awesome.

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  2. Awesome! I love that you took Bird's gift and used it for your own purposes. I'd say that mouse looks pretty good for your first try, especially on such a tiny guy. I'm super impressed you had the balls to dig in and try it out.

    (Also, I love the "move the cat" pillow.)

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