I am a Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based taxidermy and entomology artist as well as a collector and vendor of taxidermy and curiosities. I studied taxidermy while attending Anderson's Whitetail Taxidermy School in upstate New York, where I studied under Bill Anderson. Following this I found a mentor in John Youngaitis of Cypress Hills Taxidermy, in Queens, NY, (the only full-time professional taxidermy storefront in all five boroughs of New York City). At the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, I interned in the Exhibition department and studied the art of the diorama under Tom Doncourt. At Buckshot Taxidermy in Sussex, NJ, I completed the taxidermy mammal course and taxidermy bird course under Mark Van Leuven, and have taken lessons from John Bollman from Wildlife Preservations in NJ. I have produced a sizable body of taxidermy work over the years, much of which I owe to my fantastic teachers.
My work has been featured in The New York Times, VICE Magazine, National Geographic, The LA Times, New York Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, TimeOut NY, Gothamist and many others. I was profiled on the hit Discovery Science TV series Oddities, and I also created custom taxidermy mice for cult film director John Waters.
In Brooklyn I have worked extensively with the Morbid Anatomy Museum; as taxidermy teacher, taxidermist in residence, and featured artist in their web store, cafe, gift shop, and markets. I contributed an essay on taxidermy to their book, The Morbid Anatomy Anthology, which was published in hardcover in 2014, and again in 2015. Elsewhere in Brooklyn, my work has been sold at Dolly G's Vintage, Schafmayer & Company, Eclectic Collectibles and Antiques, In God We Trust, Rose Red & Lavender, 3rd Ward, the Observatory, the Brooklyn Flea, Williamsburg's Artists and Fleas, the Punk Metal Flea, Co-op 87 Records, Black Gold Records, Fly Rite Tattoo, Saved Tattoo, and many others. I am also the taxidermy buyer, supplier, and class instructor for Kanibal & Co. in Jersey City, NJ.
Many of my popular anthropomorphic taxidermy pieces, such as the mice dressed in various outfits with props, are handmade collaborations with award-winning professional puppet artist Sarah Frechette, founder of Puppetkabob in Portland, OR. Sarah is a master of miniatures, and creates the small-scale designs and handmade custom pieces that dapperly decorate my mice.
I am a member of the New England Association of Taxidermists and a board member of New Jersey's Garden State Taxidermists Association. I follow and support ethical guidelines with respect to animal welfare. None of the animals used to create my taxidermy pieces were killed solely for the sake of taxidermy; their deaths are not related to the art. Depending on the circumstances, the pieces are variously sourced from: butcher/sustenance remains, utilized roadkill, discarded livestock, destroyed nuisance animals, feeder animals, repurposed vintage pieces, or donated animals that died of natural causes.
Feel free to contact me with any questions, commissions, inquiries, ideas: Amber@HoardaCulture.com