Hi! I'm a taxidermist.
To me, Nature is God. Without it, we simply would not exist. Conserving the world’s natural spaces and the creatures that live there is paramount to the survival of humans as a species, and I have therefore dedicated my life to studying environmentalism in order to help people co-exist more successfully and sustainably with the natural world.

All natural materials I use in my creations are either sourced from roadkill, Fish and Game, secondhand sources such as fellow artists and estate sales, or are antique. In this way, I'm ensuring that no animals were needlessly killed for the sake of the artwork I produce. I fully believe that no part of any creature should go to waste if a purpose can be found for it, but I do NOT support trophy hunters or overseas fur farms by buying 'byproducts' like bones, skulls, or claws directly from them. The only exception I make for this rule is for parts from animals legally culled for population control programs approved by Fish and Wildlife.

As a photographer and wildlife enthusiast, I've been involved with many fantastic organizations such as Images4Life and Wild Tiger, as well as the Sierra Club and many smaller, local groups.
I've been published, interviewed, and even featured on Rainn Wilson (Dwight from “The Office”)'s personal networking website, SoulPancake.com.

I’ve also been blessed with the opportunity to visit many of the world’s most amazing wild places, like Komodo Island, Bali, Lombok, Malaysia, and the Cayman Islands, and have even documented entirely new species previously unknown to science.

Other interests include: Wilderness survival, primitive skills, backpacking, fishing, kayaking, boffing, airsoft, snowboarding, meandering around town, and caving.

 

UPDATE: Last week, I was informed by a friend that her kitten, called Thing One, fell from the loft in their house onto the tile floor below. After a night under constant watch at the vet’s, it was confirmed that one hind leg was fractured, and that neurological problems had resulted from the fall. Now, after several days of expensive treatment, Thing One has been given the okay to return home. 

She is still reluctant to use her legs, and prefers to remain sitting or laying down most of the time. She walks with a head-bob now when she does move, and may do so for the rest of her life, but we are all hopeful that her condition improved greatly over time. 

So far, vet bills have reached $700.00 and will likely total far more. We have raised just under $300.00 at this time.  

Ms. Arthur, Thing One’s human, is “starting a vet fund to help: Any donations are welcome and totally appreciated. I will also be taking sewing commissions and doing odd jobs if you wish to hire me. You can find my shop info on my facebook page at IdrisWhoDesigns. Everything counts! Thanks!”


If you wish to donate, Ms. Arthur’s paypal email is marthur1990@live.com. 

Please consider helping out a friend. 

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