Sunday, 19 July 2009

Gruesome Finds!

Taking a stroll with my dog the Galibeast in the park today, I came across a couple of grisly finds, courtesy of the local foxes or cats. A nicely intact section of a birds wing and a little further along a well stripped, if not slightly mangled rib cage which I quickly stowed inside a dog poo bag and is now residing in the sink in my studio. Mmmmm, next comes the clean up and then hopefully I'll be able to use them in a little dolly creation or two.
But believe me, for a veggie, the clean up will be somewhat stomache churning, I still have a bird carcass in salt that I've been too chicken (pardon the pun) to strip the feathers off it's tiny skull yet. Not to mention the magpie head that is hidden under a bush, in order to let nature clean it up for me. If this sounds all too "Wasp Factory" for you, let me stress the birdy bodies (R.I.P.) were all unfortunate victims of animal feastings and possibly a road accident in the case of the beheaded magpie!!
Waste not want not!!!


Flora said...

ahhh ...the things we do for the sake of our art...

Chook said...

A very dear friend of mine has always collected dead animals...she usually buries them under a marker for 3-6 months...and lets the worms clean up for her.

Wings I believe she just lets dry, once she's arranged them into the shape she's after.

Cheers Kate

Kelsey the Ewok said...

I've just come across your blog! I love your dolls!

I've been wondering how I would go about acquiring skeletal animals parts for art (like your little bird skulls) for quite some time now, but I have no clue as to how I would go about safely cleaning them.

What do you suggest?