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I am a Brooklyn-based taxidermy and entomology artist as well as a collector and vendor of taxidermy, oddities, antiques, and vintage items.

I honed my taxidermy skills while attending Anderson's Whitetail Taxidermy School in upstate New York, where I studied under Bill Anderson. Following this I found a mentor in John Youngaitis of Cypress Hills Taxidermy, in Queens, NY. I studied taxidermy diorama-making at the American Museum of Natural History in New York under senior preparator Tom Doncourt, and have gone on to work under him as a volunteer for special exhibitions. I've attended numerous taxidermy classes, lectures, and conventions all over the U.S., and have produced a sizable body of taxidermy work over the years. My work has been featured in The New York Times, VICE Magazine, The LA Times, TimeOut NY, New York Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, Huffington Post, Gothamist, New York…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 13
  • Joined September 20, 2007

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taxidermy, mice, butterflies, moths, anthropomorphic taxidermy, teeth, bell jars, dioramas

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About

I am a Brooklyn-based taxidermy and entomology artist as well as a collector and vendor of taxidermy, oddities, antiques, and vintage items.

I honed my taxidermy skills while attending Anderson's Whitetail Taxidermy School in upstate New York, where I studied under Bill Anderson. Following this I found a mentor in John Youngaitis of Cypress Hills Taxidermy, in Queens, NY. I studied taxidermy diorama-making at the American Museum of Natural History in New York under senior preparator Tom Doncourt, and have gone on to work under him as a volunteer for special exhibitions. I've attended numerous taxidermy classes, lectures, and conventions all over the U.S., and have produced a sizable body of taxidermy work over the years. My work has been featured in The New York Times, VICE Magazine, The LA Times, TimeOut NY, New York Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, Huffington Post, Gothamist, New York Metro, Flavorwire, and others. I was profiled on the hit Discovery Science TV series Oddities, and I also created a custom taxidermy mouse for cult film director John Waters.

In Brooklyn I have worked extensively with the Morbid Anatomy Museum; as an artist in residence at their museum and on their website, and as a teaching assistant for their taxidermy classes. I also contributed an essay on taxidermy to their book, The Morbid Anatomy Anthology, which was published in hardcover in 2014. Apart from online sales, I am the taxidermy and curiosities buyer for a number of NYC area stores: Kanibal Home in Jersey City, NJ and Dolly G's Vintage, Schafmayer & Company, Eclectic Collectibles and Antiques, and Red Rose and Lavender, all in Brooklyn. I've sold items in association with Obscura Antiques and Oddities, In God We Trust, Co-op 87 Records, 3rd Ward, the Observatory, the Brooklyn Flea, Artists and Fleas, Brooklyn's Punk Rock/Heavy Metal Flea, Black Gold Records, Fly Rite Tattoo, and more.

I am part of New Jersey's Garden State Taxidermists Association (GSTA), and a working member of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists (MART). I follow and support MART's ethical guidelines with respect to animal welfare. None of the animals used to create my taxidermy pieces were killed solely for the sake of taxidermy; their deaths are not related to the art. Depending on the circumstances, the pieces are variously sourced from: repurposed vintage pieces, utilized roadkill, sustenance remains, discarded livestock, destroyed nuisance animals, feeder animals, casualties of the pet trade, or donated animals that died of natural causes.

Feel free to contact me with any questions, commissions, or inquiries, and to check out my website and follow me on social media:

www.hoardaculture.com

@ambermaykut on instagram
http://instagram.com/ambermaykut

@hoardaculture on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/hoardaculture

@hoardaculture on Twitter
https://twitter.com/hoardaculture

http://hoardaculturetaxidermybrooklyn.tumblr.com

or email me at
amber at hoardaculture dot com

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