Samantha, Beyond Bones
My name is Samantha and I am a graduate from the university of the arts with a degree in sculpture. After school I got interested in taxidermy and began a journey to learn and teach myself the craft and started my line Beyond Bones. I wanted to go beyond traditional taxidermy and began what I call fantasy taxidermy. I create creatures called Optodods, they vary with number of feet and eyes. Most of my work comes from roadkill, pets that have passed and been donated to me, and pet store and farm spoils. Nothing goes to waste with my work either, the furs are used to create the creatures and the bodies are fed to my beetle colony and the bones are then whitened to make jewlery or art.
Clara, C.M. Manfredi's Emporium of Wonders
Clara, the genius behind the creatures and witches born forth from C. M. Manfredi's Emporium of Wonders is a one woman show. She makes art both functional and for display as well as toys and jewelry based on imagery found in nature and mythology. You never know what her mind will dream up but you can be certain that it will be unique and amazing.