Ok. This is my outing as an admirer of taxidermy. Don’t get me wrong, I hate nothing more than people going off on safari and shooting a rhino to have as a tablestand in their living room. But using roadkill to make decorative jewellery is indeed something I like.
Central Saint Martins graduate Reid Peppard is not just a taxidermist but also an accessories designer. Her rat headpieces and pidgeon-wing necklaces have truly gotten me hooked. Ever since I had a guinea pig as a child I’ve loved rodents (I’m currently flat-sharing with a hamster) and it bugs me that so many see mice and rats as disgusting, disease-ridden vermin.
As macabre as Peppard’s pieces might seem at first glimpse, I can’t honestly see any difference to wearing a leather jacket considering she is only using those fallen victim to traffic and the pest control. Isn’t this up-cycling in its purest form?