They are taught by Amanda Sutton of Amanda's Autopsies, a taxidermist who has created pieces for Ted Baker and exhibited at The Florence Nightingale Museum and Bexley Hall
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She now creates generic taxidermy, jewellery, wet specimens and steampunk themed pieces on commission as a self-funding hobby, and occasionally performs live taxidermy for educational purposes.
Amanda doesn’t use animals that were killed for taxidermy, she uses reptile feed, road kill and animals that died naturally. (In the case of reptile feed, this is purchased from Simons Rodents. Email address email@example.com. 01767 651872 and their frozen food contains on the label a Defra approval no 05-381-0033 IP.
She does taxidermy to preserve the beauty of the animal.
Amanda is also a follower of The British Historical Taxidermy Society, who help museums to keep their collections in good condition and on display, rather than being neglected from lack of funds and backing. Taxidermy is an important part of learning, antique taxidermy should be treasured for future generations, some of these animals may not be around in a few years time.
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*NB - refunds for taxidermy can only be offered up to a week before the event.