Curious Kanna

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

Photo by Katherine Edden

 

#Taximag

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 hello@curiouskanna.com

#Taximag cover photo by Katherine Edden

Taxidermy Revival

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.

Curious Kanna's Instagram

Oh dear Babycat!
Bottleneck with what seems like s very long cork still in place. My thumb indicates how far the cork is in the bottle.
This was spotted by @foreshoreseashore and passed over to me. This is my kind of thing and I love it.
Nothing wrong with a few bits of interesting Thames glass
Colour coordinated lunch with TLJ and @food_writer
How about this then?
I think I'll investigate this one a bit more.
Grilled chicory and yellow pepper pasta. A masterclass in the art of Italian cooking with simple, fresh ingredients by @bronwyn.only
Did some competitive searching for Victorian typeface with @Bronwyn.only and @foreshoreseashore today. This is my haul.
Today's favourite find.
Smiley happy mudlarks! Had a great day out introducing @bronwyn.only to the joys of mudlarking. @foreshoreseashore took the pic.
What happened babycat?
If only...
What is this? And what us that little tab on the edge?
Is this lead shot? Or is it a byproduct of a lead related industry? I have been told that melted lead will form these spheres when immersed in water. If you know anything about this, please let me know what you think.
Is this a fossil?
Boris mistaking former museum pieces fora scratching post.
Token with lovely clear detail.
Medieval handle with characteristic stab marks to allow steam to escape and to prevent breakage in the kiln.
Where's' Boris? Turns out he's behind the flying cat.

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