Jackalopes & Bunnicorns in Toronto

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Saturday, January 27th, 2018  12pm start – Jackalope & Bunnicorn shoulder mounts
Limited class size of 8 people, $340pp •  Early bird discount = $300 until October 2017 when paid in full 
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This class will introduce students to basic small mammal taxidermy, focusing on the skinning, prepping, and sculpting techniques specific to the face. We will cover splitting lips, thinning noses, turning ears, and other techniques to successfully set a face. Each student is provided with their own specimen which they will skin, flesh, prep, mount, and groom. We will go through the process of carving busts for each mount, how to attach antlers, and will discuss taxidermy techniques that can be used for projects larger and smaller. Carcasses will be used for reference and available to students if they want them. Further preservation processes will be discussed as well; tanning, mummification, wet specimens, bone cleaning, etc. Everything is supplied and students do not need any prior experience for this class. Each student will leave with their own finished piece and the knowledge to create their own in the future.

 

Fascinators, Victorian Bird Hats: Wearable Taxidermy Sunday

Fascinators, Victorian bird hats; Wearable taxidermy workshop, Sunday July 9th 12pm start 906 Queen Street West @Crawford   $150pp includes materials! Reserve your seat today.   

 

 

Perfect for beginners, experts, or anyone in between, this class will provide students with materials and instruction to create a totally unique piece of wearable taxidermy! The class will begin with a short illustrated lecture on wearable taxidermy, from prehistoric speculation, to shrunken heads, Victorian hummingbird jewelry, and a modern day discussion of ethically obtained animal products in art and fashion. Students will then design their piece and bring it to life using the guidance, tips, tricks, and techniques advised by Divya, Morbid Anatomy taxidermist in residence whose wearable taxidermy designs have been featured in NY Mag’s “The Cut” and various “Top 10 of NY Fashion Week” lists. Her past life as a commercial footwear and accessory designer lives on in her passion for wearable art!

In addition to a number of small heads, paws, pelts, and wings, a selection of jewelry findings and hardware will be provided, along with beads, crystals, ribbons, and other decorative flourishes. Students will have the choice of skinning, cleaning, preparing and preserving animal parts, or using the readily prepared pieces provided. Students are also welcome to bring their own special findings or pieces for use in class. A great place to let your creativity truly run wild! Each student will leave class with a finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future.

It is recommended students bring a small bag or box to transport their pieces.



Divya Anantharaman is a Brooklyn based artist whose taxidermy practice was sparked by a lifelong fascination with the intersection of natural mythology and science. After a journey through self and professional training, she has found her calling in creating sickly sweet and sparkly critters. A trophy winner in the 2013 Philadelphia Alt Taxidermy competition, she has been profiled in numerous publications as varied as National Geographic, The NY Times, BBC Science Radio, Vice/Fringes, and on hit Discovery/Science Channel TV show Oddities. Divya was a resident taxidermist with Morbid Anatomy Museum. She is also a member of the M.A.R.T. (Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists) and the G.S.T.A. (Garden State Taxidermists Association). You can find out more at http://www.friendsforevertaxidermy.com  

Bambi (still born deer)
Bambi (still born deer)

Stuffed Animals book signing party Toronto

Tune into Global TV at 8:40AM (EST) July 6 & see Divya’s approx 5-10 minute live TV interview on The Morning Show, hosted by Jeff McArthur & come to our party this evening for taxidermy demos, tarot readings, Roadkill Revival & more!
Toronto’s Carnival of Taxidermy Book Signing event!
Join us tonight! for a wildy wondrous celebration replete with stop-motion films, taxidermy demonstrations, signature punch, oddity vendors, fortune telling and more…
Immerse yourself in an evening of wonder and revelry at this carnivalesque gala of oddity, art, and science celebrating the release of a fascinating new book on the art of taxidermy by Brooklyn taxidermists Divya Anantharaman and Katie Innamorato. Come discover the secrets and stories of this resurgent craft at this illuminating and enchanting celebration.
 Divya is teaching special workshops all weekend long!
2-Headed Chick workshop (2 seats remain!)
Fascinators/Wearable taxidermy workshop (Reserve your seat today!) 
Oddity vendors include:
House of the Sacred Heart
In their new book Stuffed Animals, Anantharaman and Innamorato demystify the practice of taxidermy, shatter the gross stereotypes, and make it accessible to anyone. Committed to ethical and sustainable sourcing. The authors are part of the vanguard of young taxidermists who bring a sense of fun and experimentation to this old-school hobby. Join us to celebrate the release of the book!
Cash bar & Raffle – Wheel of fortune spin!
Guests have a chance to spin the wheel & win a trick or treat!
Some of the items up for grabs:
A seat in the Entomology workshop, Friday July 7
A seat in the 2-headed chick workshop, Saturday July 8
A seat in a Ring band making workshop
A beautifully bizarre jellyfish pendant
and more!
Pre-order your book and have it signed at the event! Link below.

Details:

Book Signing Carnival of Taxidermy Event, 906 Queen Street West @Crawford, July 6th 5pm – Midnight

Advance book purchase, pick-up during book signing 

Toronto’s Carnival of Taxidermy Book Signing event!

Toronto’s Carnival of Taxidermy Book Signing event!
Join us Thursday evening July 6th for a wildy wondrous celebration replete with stop-motion films, taxidermy demonstrations, signature punch, oddity vendors, fortune telling and more…
Immerse yourself in an evening of wonder and revelry at this carnivalesque gala of oddity, art, and science celebrating the release of a fascinating new book on the art of taxidermy by Brooklyn taxidermists Divya Anantharaman and Katie Innamorato. Come discover the secrets and stories of this resurgent craft at this illuminating and enchanting celebration.
Oddity vendors include:
House of the Sacred Heart
In their new book Stuffed Animals, Anantharaman and Innamorato demystify the practice of taxidermy, shatter the gross stereotypes, and make it accessible to anyone. Committed to ethical and sustainable sourcing. The authors are part of the vanguard of young taxidermists who bring a sense of fun and experimentation to this old-school hobby. Join us to celebrate the release of the book!
Cash bar & RaffleWheel of fortune spin!
Guests have a chance to spin the wheel & win a trick or treat!
Some of the items up for grabs:
A seat in the Entomology workshop, Friday July 7
A seat in the 2-headed chick workshop, Saturday July 8
A seat in a Ring band making workshop
A beautifully bizarre jellyfish pendant
and more!
Pre-order your book and have it signed at the event! Link below.

Details:

Book Signing Carnival of Taxidermy Event, 906 Queen Street West @Crawford, July 6th 5pm – Midnight

Advance book purchase, pick-up during book signing 

Toronto’s Carnival of Taxidermy Book Signing event!

Toronto’s Carnival of Taxidermy Book Signing event!
Join us Thursday evening July 6th for a wildy wondrous celebration replete with stop-motion films, taxidermy demonstrations, signature punch, oddity vendors, fortune telling and more…
Immerse yourself in an evening of wonder and revelry at this carnivalesque gala of oddity, art, and science celebrating the release of a fascinating new book on the art of taxidermy by Brooklyn taxidermists Divya Anantharaman and Katie Innamorato. Come discover the secrets and stories of this resurgent craft at this illuminating and enchanting celebration.
Oddity vendors include:
House of the Sacred Heart
In their new book Stuffed Animals, Anantharaman and Innamorato demystify the practice of taxidermy, shatter the gross stereotypes, and make it accessible to anyone. Committed to ethical and sustainable sourcing. The authors are part of the vanguard of young taxidermists who bring a sense of fun and experimentation to this old-school hobby. Join us to celebrate the release of the book!
Cash bar & RaffleWheel of fortune spin!
Guests have a chance to spin the wheel & win a trick or treat!
Some of the items up for grabs:
A seat in the Entomology workshop, Friday July 7
A seat in the 2-headed chick workshop, Saturday July 8
A seat in a Ring band making workshop
A beautifully bizarre jellyfish pendant
and more!
Pre-order your book and have it signed at the event! Link below.

Details:

Book Signing Carnival of Taxidermy Event, 906 Queen Street West @Crawford, July 6th 5pm – Midnight

Advance book purchase, pick-up during book signing 

Lo-tech casting, Taxidermy, working with bones & more!

Casting with Cuttlefish Bone! 3/hr workshop Wednesday April 19th 6:30-9:30pm $88pp

Lo-tech casting using Cuttlefish bone as a mould material. Students will be casting with sterling silver or recycling gold*  Carving with simple tools, fixing the mould, pouring and cleaning/finishing their pieces. Rings can be made, pendants, charms. Sterling silver is supplied *gold students bring in jewellery they no longer wear and would like to turn into something new! No experience necessary!

 

 

 

 

 



Ring band workshops

Saturday April 29th: 1pm-4pm Ring Band workshop– make a sterling silver ring band. $88ppbtn_buynow_LG

Learn how to properly size your finger (thumb), pinkies and create beautiful rings! Adding texture using hammers, stamps and/or the Rolling mill. Then forming, annealing and soldering is covered as well as various finishing techniques. Sterling silver for 1 ring band is included! No experience necessary!

 

 

 

 

 

 



Wilder Duncan’s Bat Skeleton Articulation Workshop – Thursday, Oct 12 or Saturday Oct 14th or Sunday Oct 15th 2017 – 12pm Early registration $270pp – Reserve your seat with a deposit of $135

 

In this class, students will learn how to create an osteological preparation of a bat in the fashion of 19th century zoological displays. A cleaned bat skeleton (Pipistrellus abramus), a glass dome, branches, glue, tools, and all necessary materials will be provided for each student, but one should feel welcome to bring small feathers, stones, dried flowers, dead insects, natural elements, or any other materials s/he might wish to include in his/her composition. Students will leave the class with a visually striking, fully articulated, “lifelike” bat skeleton posed in a 10″ tall glass dome. The class will focus on teaching ancient methods of specimen preparation that link science with art: students will create compositions involving natural elements and, according to their taste, will compose a traditional Victorian environment or a modern display. No experience necessary!

 

Thursday evening, Oct 12th start time 6:30pm

 



 

Saturday Afternoon, Oct 14th start time 12pm

 



 

Sunday Afternoon, Oct 15th start time 12pm


Easter Peeps & Bat Skeletons return to Toronto

 

screenshot-2016-09-09-09-04-37Easter Peeps & Polycephalic Chicks, Saturday April 8th 2017 – 12pm-6pm – $260pp or register with a deposit

Just in time for your Easter Basket! From Victorian curiosity cabinets to Coney Island sideshows, gaff making has held it’s place in history, and our hearts. This class will teach students of all levels everything they need to know about proper taxidermy technique for very delicate specimen-like chicks.  Reserve your seat here: http://wp.me/P3U9AI-FN  


Wilder Duncan photographed in his parlor Brooklyn NY 2013
Wilder Duncan photographed in his parlor Brooklyn NY 2013

Wilder Duncan’s Bat Skeleton Articulation Workshop – Saturday October 14 2017 – 12pm-3:30pm $270pp – Reserve your seat with a deposit of $135  http://wp.me/P3U9AI-Pk

JACKALOPE WORKSHOP GIVEAWAY!

Ladies, Gentlemen, Terrestrials extra & odd! Nanopod: Hybrid Studio is offering a giveaway towards Katie Inamorato’s amazing Jackalope Shoulder Mount workshop! This workshop is taking place Saturday evening, August 27th. Here’s your chance to learn from a highly skilled, professional artist-taxidermist. Do not miss out on this opportunity!

Jackalopes are fierce creatures! Roaming the Southwestern United States. Their horns rumoured to contain magical powers, their gaze causing hallucinations.

This giveaway is for 1 Seat in our upcoming August 27th workshop. 

JACKALOPE WORKSHOP GIVEAWAY! In order for your name to be added to the list* Follow us on Instagram @nanopodstudio • leave a comment on our last post and Follow (@Afterlifeanatomy, @Bloodyberrylicious & @RueMorgue)  Then SHARE (regram) the Jackalope Giveaway info to any of the following: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter • Make sure to include the following tags and hashtags with your post/regram:  @nanopodstudio #taxidermy #toronto #Jackalope • for your chance to win!

*names will be entered into a Random Name Picker
May the odds be ever in your favour!

MAKER Festival Guest Artist Workshops

The Studio is holding special guest artist workshops and
an 8 day Young Artist Metal + Glass Camp during Maker Fest!
June 15 thru July 17

Register for the full 8 days & save OR register for individual classes!

Register for the Metal + Glass events through our Eventbrite links below!

Young Artist Metal + Glass 8 day Camp! June 20th to June 29th Summer art/craft camp! This intensive workshop teaches students how to work with hand tools, design concepts, subtractive and additive sculpting, kiln-forming glass, painting with glass, etching metal .. have fun learning new skills. Further details here: Eventbrite - Metal + Glass Young Artist Camp
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Young Artist Day Camp: Ring Bands, June 21st noon-3pm $85pp
Learn how to properly measure for your finger, handsaw, anneal Sterling silver, add texture with hammers, steel stamps, or Rolling mill. Form, solder and finish to matte or high polish and leave this workshop with a beautiful sterling silver ring band!
All materials included: Sterling for 1 ring band. No experience necessary! Recommended for anyone over the age of eight, and all skill levels
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fusingYoung Artist Day Camp: Glass Fusing, June 22nd noon-3pm $70pp
Small field trip to the near-by Bickford park to collect blades of grass, twigs, leaves,etc. Back at the studio observe your specimen under a microscope and replicate your findings in glass! Or make a Robot portrait or a Selfie, in glass! Students will learn kiln forming/carving and make 5″x7″ window pieces and 2 pendants. Recommended for anyone over the age of eight, and all skill levels
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frontSleepy Clay Creatures, Saturday June 25th 1:00pm-2:00pm, $15pp
In this hour long workshop with maker Wei (aka Honey Thistle) you will learn the basics of working with polymer clay, and sculpt a sleepy pal to jazz up that ol’ keyring. This workshop will walk through all the steps necessary in producing a small clay creature, and share tips and tricks that will help you create other polymer clay thingamabobs in the future. Recommended for anyone over the age of eight, and all skill levels.
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Lino block printing with colour changing thermochromic ink, Saturday June 25th 3:00-6:00pm – $85pp

In this 3 hour workshop with printmaker (and scientist) Ele Willoughby, you’ll learn how to carve your own Lino block print, how thermochromic pigments work and make your own temperature-sensitive prints. We provide the necessary tools/equipment; carving tools, ink rollers (brayers), plates, ink, paper and fabric to print on, and two small linoleum blocks.
If you have a special image you would like to use – please bring it to the workshop. You are welcome to bring any additional specialty papers you would like to print on. Recommended for anyone over the age of ten, and all skill levels.
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Lino block printing with colour changing thermochromic ink, Sunday June 26th noon-3:00pm – $85pp
In this 3 hour workshop with printmaker (and scientist) Ele Willoughby, you’ll learn how to carve your own Lino block print, how thermochromic pigments work and make your own temperature-sensitive prints. We provide the necessary tools/equipment; carving tools, ink rollers (brayers), plates, ink, paper and fabric to print on, and two small linoleum blocks.
If you have a special image you would like to use – please bring it to the workshop. You are welcome to bring any additional specialty papers you would like to print on. Recommended for anyone over the age of eight, and all skill levels.
Eventbrite - Lino block printing with colour changing thermochromic ink


Young Artist Metal + Glass 8 day Camp! July 4th to July 13th Summer art/craft camp! This intensive workshop teaches students how to work with hand tools, design concepts, subtractive and additive sculpting, kiln-forming glass, painting with glass, etching metal .. have fun learning new skills. Further details here:
Eventbrite - Young Artist Metal + Glass Camp


B821933520Z.1_20150504175857_000_GN21FGR9M.2_GalleryCasual Taxidermy- Anthropomorphic Rats, 2 dates to choose from, Saturday July 16 or Sunday July 17th, noon to 5pm $200pp An intensive hands-on lesson where participants transform a deceased rat into a unique and enduring art object. Guest artist instructor Teta Kixa leads people through the basic techniques of properly skinning, and preserving a rat. Limited seating, reserve your seat today! custombutton

 

 

 

 


 

Please email the studio with any questions you may have concerning these workshops!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

New Workshops & Courses listed for March and April

 

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Saturday, March 12th noon to 6pm Jackalope shoulder mounts
EXPERIENCE LEVEL-Beginner to Intermediate 
Limited class size of 8 people, $340pp (4 seats remain) Deposit of $170 required to hold your seat in this workshop
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This class will introduce students basic small mammal taxidermy, focusing on the skinning, prepping, and sculpting techniques specific to the face. We will cover splitting lips, thinning noses, turning ears, and other techniques to successfully set a face. Each student is provided with their own specimen which they will skin, flesh, prep, mount, and groom. We will go through the process of carving busts for each mount, how to attach antlers, and will discuss taxidermy techniques that can be used for projects larger and smaller. Carcasses will be used for reference and available to students if they want them. Further preservation processes will be discussed as well; tanning, mummification, wet specimens, bone cleaning, etc. Everything is supplied and students do not need any prior experience for this class. Each student will leave with their own finished piece and the knowledge to create their own in the future.

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METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday, March 14th- runs Monday & Wednesday evenings
Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing – 6:30-9:30pm, 4 weeks, 2 evenings per week. – $285 per person, 6 people max, 3 people min. Deposit of $137.50 to hold space

evening #1: First evening: working with copper-safety, drilling, sawing.
evening #2: Making a band ring out of silver (stamp, hammer finish, roller print, etc.)

evening #3: Working with wax create pieces w/the lost wax technique- to be cast in Sterling silver.

evening #4: Finishing wax projects, Cuttlefish casting (lo-tech) in house.

evening #5: Kilnworked glass. Fuse several glass pieces (buckle, pendant, cabochon for setting later!).

evening #6: Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own basic findings.

evening #7: Bezel settings cabochon stones or fossils or crystals, or an enamelled or Fused glass piece.

evening #8: Finish up projects

No experience necessary!

Copper, wax, glass, and some sterling silver are supplied*.  A list of local suppliers is included.   Questions concerning this course? Please see our FAQ’s

What is included:
Sterling silver for 1 ring band
Approx 3″ x 3″ piece of 16 to 18 gauge copper
Wax
Solder to complete projects in class
1 dozen 3/0 saw blades
Glass powders/Frit & sheet for Fusing
Bezel wire for 1 setting
Use of tools & equipment

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Hollow-forms, lockets, basic prong settings, photo etching and fusing metals

9 weeks, Starting April 5th $380pp includes all materials necessary for projects. Build a hollow-form pendant/ring and construct a locket with hinge and locking mechanism. Learn basic, hand built prong settings, tab settings, and setting free-form cabs.  Etching copper/brass and Sterling silver. Working with photos, computer renderings and hand drawn images students will learn various method of applying imagery and working with mordants to etch into metal.

Materials included:

•Sterling plate 3″x 3″ 16 gauge(1.3mm)

•Copper wire (for woven chain practice and armatures)

•Sterling wire & tubing

•Choice of 5-8mm faceted stone for prong setting

•Copper & Brass tubing for hinges

• Consumables: solder, drill bits, emery paper

• Consumables necessary for etching various metals

Students are welcome to bring in their own found items, cabochons, etc., to use in their projects.

Deposit necessary to hold space $190

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Intermediate & Advanced soldering

Tips, tricks and technique! Weekend intensive workshop
Friday evening April 1st intro 6:30-8pm, noon to 5pm Saturday and Sunday April 2 & 3rd, 9th & 10th – pricing options below. 
-Working with silver solder coupons students will learn sweat soldering, joint soldering, pick soldering
and working with silver solder in wire form.
-Working with a little propane/oxy torch and a larger Hoke torch
– Constructing a hollow-form ring with stakes, hammers and bezel setting a large cab
To cover all of the various soldering techniques/grades students will construct a hollow-form
ring. Large oval or round cabochon stones will be set. Multiple stone settings are optional.
Each day runs 5 hours in length.
Students have the option of coming in to work on their project (lots of sawing!) during Open Studio on Tuesday and Thursday evening between the course.

Evening intro: Course goals/objectives are discussed, students look at soldering demos, inspiration. Start to layout patterns and designs for sawing.
1st Afternoon: Students layout their designs and start sawing them out. Once designs have been sawn out, sanded/filed, cleaned up- sweat soldering designs onto ring blanks begins.
2nd Afternoon: Continuing sweat soldering, forming of ring blanks begins, inner ring is formed. Joint soldering begins (wire solder introduced), students continue truing their rings, forming, and clean-up.
3rd Afternoon: Bezel ‘cups’ are constructed and soldered into place. Filing, sanding and rings are starting to be cleaned. If students are ready to set their stones- quick pendants can be made on this afternoon practising soldering techniques.
4th Afternoon: Rings are ready for patination and polishing, stones are set. Final polish! Early group dinner?

What’s included:
Flux
Titanium pick
paper
instruction
Student’s need to supply (see pricing options below) :
3”x3” 16 or 18 gauge sheet (for hollow-rings)
silver solder 1/4 oz coupons & 1/2oz wire:
hard
medium
easy
Large oval (within 40x25x6mm) or round (within 30mm), high-dome cabochon

For this workshop students have the option of bringing in their own supplies (listed above & mandatory!) or purchasing the course with a ‘kit’ that includes items listed. Please note that these materials will only be purchased when you purchase the ‘Full monty’ option.

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No monty $185pp


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Full monty $380pp