I am Kanna Ingleson, enthusiastic collector of top-end, unusual taxidermy in West London, UK. I believe that curiosity and collaboration are cool.
It started with an ordinary, one-eyed cased fish 6 years ago. Today my home resembles a natural history warehouse, and that's exactly how I like it.
I am the proud custodian of numerous pieces from the golden era of Victorian taxidermy. And that's why I can never claim that my collection has been ethically sourced. I can however state with certainty that I am not a fan of hunting and don't believe in killing for the sole purpose of taxidermy.
To see my collection of taxidermy and natural history curiousities, follow me on www.instagram.com/curiouskanna
I am the founder of #taximag, a quarterly magazine featuring the people who make up the vibrant taxidermy scene in the UK and Europe.
It looks at the collections, the creative work and the personalities that form part of this magnificent sub-culture.
To sign up for #taximag news and updated, go to www.hashtag-taximag.com.
ONLINE: Have a look at #taximag online: www.issuu.com/taximag
PRINT: #taximag is for sale on ebay in a contemporary and compact A5 format.
If you would like to be featured in #taximag, if you have any good ideas, or if you fancy being a contributor, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
I blame Damien Hirst. No, not his foray into formaldehyde, but his bold £1-million offer to save the entire Walter Potter collection shortly before bits of it ended up in a living room near you.
Love it or loathe it, that's probably when taxidermy was firmly planted in the public domain after which it quickly entered the UK mainstream. You can tell that for certain by the stuffed creatures that routinely make up the window dressing of city shops (like the fine example on the left) and that adorn suburban lives.
As with all things, timing has been critical. A renewed interest in all things analogue, an appreciation for real, practiced skill, our ever present need to be different, and the rise of crap telly have all helped turn the recent resurgence into a full-on revival.
Long may it continue.
Taxidermy on the Twittersphere