The idea of 'craftydermy' was originally dreamt up by gallery owner Tracey Benton (who runs Atelier in Devon, UK) with a little help from textile artist Amelia Fever (who has a project for a faux tiger skin rug featured in the book). The first exhibition ran in the summer of 2011 after Tracey invited a host of British designer makers to reinterpret the idea of traditional Victorian taxidermy. The show was a success and thanks to press coverage the lovely Ziggy Hanaor (Cicada Books), who had already been pondering the idea of book about faux taxidermy, found the perfect material for this book.
As well as Kirsty's wolf headdress I've pictured some of my other favourites below: Antonia Eckersley's Crocheted Sheep, Clare Nicolson's Fabric Flying Ducks, Hayley Dix's Wire Bird, The Bellweather's Cross-stitched Stag, Louise Harries' Woven Highland Cow (fantastic, made me laugh out loud when I turned the page to see this one!) and Emma Cocker's Charles Fox (which reminds me of one of my favourite films, Fantastic Mr Fox).
Although I haven't tried any of the projects yet they seem well written and easy to follow. When I have a little more time on my hands I'd love to give Antonia Eckersley's sheep head a go, I am sure that will be a really interesting project to work on!
Oh and lastly, if you're going to be in or around Devon between 2nd July and 31st August you will be able to see a selection of projects from this book on display at the Atelier gallery. If not you can visit the Craftydermy online shop to find some beautiful makes from some of the designers featured in the book. I am head over heels for Kirsty's blushing Mr Stag... *swoon*