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Introducing COCOFOUR

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It’s always exciting when we receive new stock but theses not only delight the eyes but also smell beautiful!

COCOFOUR candles are presented in a glass amber jar with a pre-waxed cotton wick that helps you get the longest burn possible from your hand poured soy candle (burn time of 30-40 hours).

COCOFOUR is a British brand, created in 2014 by two friends with a shared love of candles. They struggled to find well made soy candles that were also contemporary and clean in design, so they set about making their own!

Why soy candles you ask? Well soy wax has many great benefits compared to traditional paraffin wax. Soy wax is derived from soy beans so it is a natural, renewable resource and burns cleaner than paraffin wax, which is made from crude oil and releases toxic carcinogens in to the air. As well as being much healthier for humans, pets and the environment, soy wax also burns slower and cooler, creating a longer burning candle. Lastly, soy candles hold more fragrance and have an excellent scent throw, meaning your COCOFOUR candle will smell amazing from beginning to end.

We currently stock 5 scents; Bergamot + Orange, Cedar + Jasmine, Coconut + Vanilla, Pomegranate + Amber and Sicilian Lime + Mandarin

All are in medium COCOFOUR jar size and £18

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The new girl’s top picks

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Hi everyone, I’m the new girl in the shop.

*waves at laptop irl*

So Rachael suggested that I should introduce myself and help you guys get to know me a bit better by sharing a few of my things at HZ headquarters.

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Without a doubt the first thing that I thought of when creating this list was the Bunny Tofu Iron On Patch by Bels Art World. As a vegan I couldn’t help but swoon. I’m seriously considering getting my hands on a denim jacket just so I can justify bringing this little critter everywhere with me. Or maybe I can also iron it onto a canvas bag?

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The next item involves a collaboration between two longtime faves: Stay Home Club and illustrator Julia Bereciartu. Julia’s relatable illustrations feel perfectly at home in this comfy and soft loose T-shirt. The Another Night in T-shirt is perfect for drinking in, frankly it’s compulsory. Although I must admit, I prefer the company of dogs to cats, and beer to wine.

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Next up on my list is this amazing swimmer necklace by Lou Taylor. It’s a statement necklace that would dress up any wardrobe choice but I imagine it going particularly well with a navy dress and orange nail polish. The ironic thing is I cannot swim!

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The final thing(s?) on my hit list are these wonderful seasonal fruit and veg UK postcards by Asking For Trouble. These postcards would never be allowed to fall off the fridge in my flat. Someone needs to post me these, I mean just look at those adorable radishes! Looking might I say, simply ‘radishing’ …

So apart from loving bad jokes, let me tell you more about myself. When I’m not in the shop drooling over everything, I’m an artist who works with moving image and collaborates with other artists and friends on creative workshops and projects. You can see a bit of what I do on my website, check it out here.

I have been a long time customer of Hannah Zaraki, since I first arrived in Edinburgh as a student. It’s a joy to wrap up all the lovely pieces for customers to take home and I hope to wrap something up for you very soon!

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Abandoned Village at Portavadie

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I mentioned Portavadie in a previous blog about a wonderful day we had driving around the West Coast of Scotland. Portavadie itself was a small, uneventful place but we were lucky to spot a cordoned off abandoned plot and decided to explore further…

We weren’t quite sure what the place we found was, it felt maybe like an old holiday resort or serviced apartments and that’s more or less what it was. Some googling threw up a few pages about Polphail and I discovered that it was built to house construction workers who were due to start working on an oil platform at a local construction yard. However the plans for the yard fell through and so no one ever moved into Polphail. Here’s what it looks like now:

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Portavadie Graffiti

Polphail is now in a pretty bad state and completely uninhabitable (although I was sure I heard footsteps upstairs but that might just have been my imagination playing tricks on me!). It’s amazing how far they went before abandoning this place – there were mirrors on the wall, carpets down and a few industrial sized washing machines and kitchen units around the place. The carpets are sprouting plants and covered in grass and moss now, and it was weird to see mirrors are hanging whilst the windows have all been smashed. When I walked past the first mirror I did a tiny freak out at my unexpected reflection!

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It seemed like there had previously been a lot more graffiti but a lot of the render is crumbling off the buildings so it’s slowly disappearing. I was also a little scared to venture too far, it was hard to tell how safe the place is and I was feeling a little spooked!

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Portavadie Graffiti

Portavadie Graffiti

I really likes the above images, the character seemed to fit in with the surroundings. These washing machines were pretty cool too:

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At one point we spotted a deer jumping around the trees, it didn’t see us so was just going about it’s own business (of being cute) and we watched it for a while and took in the view.

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Beautiful views

The incongruousness of just happening upon a place like this about a mile outside a shiny new marina was pretty cool and it’s definitely given me a taste for searching out more abandoned places. I’ve heard of a few of them around Scotland so hopefully it won’t be too long before we do this again.

Hope you enjoyed this!

Rachael x

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What I did at the weekend (18/04/15)

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Sometimes you have a weekend that you just want to share, and last weekend was one of them!

I’d been looking forward to staying at Ewich House bed and breakfast since I discovered they have 3 alpacas (you know how much I love alpacas, right?) and it didn’t disappoint at all. It was such a beautiful setting in the hills at Crianlarich in the Scottish Highlands and they have lots of animals and wildlife if you like that sort of thing (which I do!).

Alpacas at Ewich

In addition to the alpacas, they also have 3 miniature Shetland ponies (miniature ponies!), some chickens, rabbits and Scottie dogs, and we saw a woodpecker and wildcats in the gardens!

From Ewich House we embarked on an epic drive that took us to nearby Inverarie, down the west side of Loch Fyne and then on to the fishing village of Tarbert.

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After a wander around Tarbert we took the ferry over to Portavadie. Portavadie itself doesn’t have much (a marina and some posh new flats) but on our way out we spotted something interesting and decided to explore. What we found was an abandoned housing estate (we thought) in a state of ruin – this place was eerie! I’m going to blog I blogged about this place separately since I took too many pictures of the beautiful views and graffiti …

The hand was one of my favourite bits of graffiti

From Portavadie we embarked on another long drive towards our home for the weekend which took us up the east side of Loch Fyne and across to Loch Lomond via the Rest and Be Thankful – I’m not sure that driving up to it we really needed the rest, but the view is pretty spectacular, especially on a day like this!

View from the Rest And Be Thankful

Then back to Cairnlarich via The Drovers Inn to fill our bellies and take in some taxidermy.

So, this was a looong drive! About 6 hours in total (including some wandering), but utterly beautiful. It was one of those days when you really appreciate the place where you live, we’re so lucky in Scotland to have all these wonderful things.

Love, Rachael x

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Festive DIY Decoration Ideas with Clare Nicolson

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We featured HZ designer Clare Nicolson’s bijou London studio apartment in our Zine and blog last year. Recently she has moved into a new London home and has been busy turning her new rented place into a design-lover’s dream (her pegboard kitchen is my favourite idea so far), all of which is documented on her new blog. We thought we’d share some of her recent festive DIY ideas she’s used in her home as they’re right up our street, being very colourful and cute yet classy!

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Clare’s having a colourful white Christmas this year, with this fun tree.

 

Clare  loves Christmas, but doesn’t always love the traditional red and green colour combo and is not the biggest fan of the endless glitter and foil the high street is trying to get us to fill our homes with every year. Therefore this year, she decided to make a minimal, wintry wall hanging to decorate her living space featuring natural pine cones and the metal of the season – copper.

 

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Clare’s wintery DIY wall-hanging.

These are the things you’ll need to make the wallhanging.  See Clare’s blog for a full step by step guide to making one of your own.

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Tools of the trade.

 

We love this mdf Chrismtas tree adorned with cute, colourful ornaments.

Clare made this Christmas tree alternative using some 6mm MDF, leftover paint, wooden hooks and her favourite decorations. The wooden triangle measures 120cm wide x 140cm high. Most timber yards/DIY stores can cut this for you, but if you want to downsize the tree you could create the same look with cutting the same shape out of mount board / cardboard.

Clare has chosen a lovely pastel blue shade for her wooden tree and decorated with cute colourful ornaments and tiny bauble trimming reminscent of pom-poms.

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Clare’s DIY MDF Christmas Tree.

 

If you like Clare’s Christmas styling ideas have a look at her pastel-coloured world on Instagram and check out her blog.

 

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A peek into Clare’s Instagram world full of sugary-sweet pastels.

Ho ho ho!

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Festive DIY Wrapping Ideas with Ashley G

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With Christmas rapidly approaching we thought we’d share some great festive DIY ideas we’d spotted by some of the lovely designers we stock at Hannah Zakari.

First up is Ashley G, from Portland, Oregon. Ashley is an illustrator and designer and we stock her wonderful prints in the Shoppe.

She has recently created a new range of stamping kits, featuring some of her cute illustrations as well as bold geometric designs which can be used in a variety of ways to create your own personalised artworks.

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Ashley’s Geometric Border stamp set.

 

Ashley has used her stamp sets and low-cost  trimmings which should all be available from most local stores to create these gift-wrapping ideas. She  used a dense, black archival ink from Ranger Ink and white paper to create this bold repeat pattern for wrapping paper. As she has used standard white printer paper for some of these, she has suggested doubling up the paper, to avoid it looking translucent. Once created, the original images can be scanned and printed to create multiple sheets with a bold design.

 

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Ashley used black archival ink and her geometric borders stamp set to create this bold geometric wrapping paper.

 

For this gift wrapping look, Ashley  used her geometric border stamps stamps to create small sheets of wrapping paper. She used contrasting coloured ribbon on the centre and then added pom poms, silver glitter pipe cleaners and ornaments which she sourced locally to add a bit of Christmas glitz to the gifts.

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Ashley used bold shapes with contrasting ribbon to create a really eye-catching gift.

 

This glittery gold box looks great against the striking abstract black spot pattern, and again is finished with contrasting green ribbon, pom poms and spray-painted foliage. We think this would make a great low cost contemporary style place-setting ideal for a stylish Christmas meal.

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A nice way to decorate a glittery, gold box, we think this would look great as a table place-settting.

 

This gift wrapping idea is perfect for a small object, andhas been created using a small piece of printer paper and Ashley’s “painterly shapes” stamps along with pom poms, a glittery branch from and a honeycomb paper ornament from Ikea.

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Use decorations as part of your wrapping like this paper honeycomb ball to create really unique looking gifts.

 

If you liked Ashley’s gift creations check out her Instagram account for more ideas, where she’ll be be marking  all her gift-wrapping ideas with the hashtag #wrapthingsup. She’d love to see your wrapping ideas using this hashtag too!

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Ashley has loads of lovely unique gift-wrapping ideas featured on her Instagram account.

 

Ashley G’s stamp sets can be bought online here and a selection of her  illustrations are available to buy online at Hannah Zakari and in our  Edinburgh Shoppe.

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New Collection by Apres Ski

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We have a brand new collection in the Shoppe and now online by Apres Ski. The Apres Ski range is by Barcelona-based designer Lucia Vergara and combines vintage and hand-painted wooden beads to create vibrant limited edition designs.

This range looks super cool and contemporary, while the colour palettes of the new collection are reminiscent of 40’s and 50’s themed fashion and design; think cutesy pastel diners, meets Joan from Madmen.

We created a set on Polyvore, combining two key pieces from the range with a fun, glamorous retro 50’s look, partially inspired by the beautiful fashions worn by Maggie Cheung in the film ‘In the Mood for Love’.

 

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A stylish oriental 50’s themed look featuring items from the new Apres Ski collection.

 

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Oriental Necklace, £50, Apres Ski

Sand Bracelet, £29, Apres Ski

Green Bambino Shell Drop Earrings by Rosita Bonita, £18.

Aqua Pom Hair Pin, £9, Ann Marie Faulkenr.

Revere Pencil Dress by Vanity Project £99.

Aquamarine Postcard and Sticker Set, £2.50, The Aviary.

 

Here are some other favourites from the new Apres Ski range:

As well as the Orchid Necklace, (pictured above) the Ebony Necklace has an oriental twist to it’s subtle 50’s style.

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Ebony Necklace, £40.

The Desert Necklace combines mustard yellow with bold black and cream stripes as well as cute polka dots and checks. Although it looks strikingly contemporary, we could also picture this piece round the neck of Joan from Madmen.

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Desert Necklace, £50.

 

This cute double-layered combines pastels and brights with fun polka-dot detailing and accented with vintage beads.

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Congo Necklace, £50.

 

The Dizi bracelet complements the pastel bright necklaces in the fun, combines cute pastel colours with pops of bright colour and polka dots. A perfect gift!

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Dizi Bracelet, £29.

 

Check out the full new collection in the Shoppe or online here.

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It’s Sparkle Season! Day and Night looks with Wolf and Moon.

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We’ve been busy in the last few weeks updating our website with some fabulous new stock ready for the season of sparkles, parties and yes, ok, we dare to say the word ‘Christmas!’

The latest arrival has been from HZ favourites Wolf and Moon and are now available to buy online. We put together two looks on Polyvore  using Wolf and Moon’s statement Crystalised necklace (pictured here in the horn colourway).

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Crystalised Necklace in Horn, £40.

 

The daytime look combines fun, autumnal mustard shades with a touch of sparkly gold and mirrored teal complete with a much-coveted grey fleecy cape and quilted biker-style boots.

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A fun, autumnal daytime look featuring some of our new Wolf and Moon collection.

 

For our night-time look we’ve kept the statement necklace, but slipped into a classic Little Back Dress along with some gold T-bar heels and a cosy teal shawl to keep us cosy on these cold winter nights.

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A teal and gold twist to the little black dress with some Wolf and Moon accessories.

Here are some of my other favourites from the new Wolf and Moon collection:

 I love the bright pop of yellow in this new Saffron version of the Chevron Point necklace. Perfect for adding an autumnal finishing touch to an outfit.

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Chevron Point Necklace in Saffron. £17.

 

This striking new hexagonal design continues the trend for all things geometric and comes in an icy Frost colourway.

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Hex Ring in Frost. £18.

 

Our last delivery of Egyptian necklaces flew out of the shop really quickly, but we now have an array of designs available in the shop and online. My favourite is the the grape, wood and gold colourway.

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Eqyptian Necklace in Grape. £22.

 

These black and gold Hex earrings have a classic, art deco style.

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Hex Earrings in Black and Gold. £14.

 

The striking Irridescent Crystal Collar Necklace is a great statement piece and looks a different colour with every turn.

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Crystal Collar Neckalce in Irridescent finish. £68.

The new Wolf and Moon collection is now available in the Shoppe and online here.

Check out our Polyvore sets on the Hannah Zakari page.

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Interview with Olivia Mew, Stay Home Club.

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Cancel all your plans, draw the curtains, put on your slippers and make a cup of tea. We spoke to Olivia Mew, illustrator, designer and founder of Stay Home Club…

Can you tell us a bit about your background? Have you always been creative?

I’ve always preferred to hole up and doodle rather than, say, play team sports. So yes, I guess so!

 

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Olivia’s illustration unites grumpy-faced girls everywhere!

What inspires you creatively?

You know when Matthew McConaughey made that dumb Oscars speech about how his future self was his hero? Well, in a similarly douchey way, my past (teenaged, angst-ridden) self is kind of my creative inspiration. 

We love that we stock designers from all over the world. How  does your location relate to your work and lifestyle?

Montreal remains quite an inexpensive city to live in, so that certainly relates to my lifestyle. If I lived in New York City I would probably have to have a million roommates. I’m also surrounded by some pretty incredible pals, many of whom are self employed and constantly motivate me. The low rent prices here definitely attract a lot of talented people who are determined to make a go of it.

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Stay Home Club Pennant.

What is an average working day like for you?

I’m lucky enough to have two “jobs” – freelance illustration and running Stay Home Club. So I get to switch it up between admin work for the site, order packing, etc and long days of drawing. 

How important is collaboration and a sense of community to yourself and to Stay at Home Club?

The pseudo community that has built itself around Stay Home Club has amazed and delighted me. As a bit of a solitary person, I’ve never been too interested in that kind of thing, but through SHC I’ve come into contact with so many like-minded people and it makes me so happy. So at this point it’s quite important!

How do you like to spend your time when you’re not working? 

Floppin’.

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Part of team SHC, floppin’ in a SHC jersey.

SHC has developed a bit of a cult following around the world – are you surprised by the amount of people who wish to celebrate being anti-social and grumpy?!

I’m flattered that you think we have a cult following! It has totally surprised me how many people *totally* get it. None of us knew the others existed before because we weren’t going out and meeting each other!

What makes you most disgruntled?

Canada Post. 

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Set of Wrapping Paper with Dsigruntled Face. £7.00.

 

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Disgruntled Tee. £20.

We heard a rumour that you’re planning on eating pizza at your forthcoming wedding? We love this – tell us more..!

Indeed! Pizza buffet, doughnuts for dessert. What more is there to say?!

If you had to choose between only cats or only pizza – which would it be?

This is an impossible choice. I’ll have to choose death.

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Stay Home Tee. £23.

Is there a design or an item that you’ve made that you’re most proud of?

I wear various items emblazoned with “Awful” the most. I think that image appeals to my sense of self-deprecation really accurately. 

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Hanging out at home in SHC designs. Awful sweatshirt £35.

What advice would you give yourself if you were starting out in business again?

WRITE OFF EVERYTHING! Keep all your receipts and keep track of those expenses or you’ll regret it come tax time.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Hopefully still doing Stay Home Club, with a handful of extra people helping me out so I can put a little more time into the creative side of things.

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Gemma Correll’s collaboration with Stay Home Club. A dog-based update to the original cat design.

 

We hope you enjoyed our interview with Olivia, if you’re inspired to join us Stay Home Clubbers, you can buy our current collection of Stay Home Club apparel online here and in our  bricks and mortar Edinburgh Shoppe!

 

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New in stock and available to buy online! The current range of Stay Home Club Apparel we have at Hannah Zakari.

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Interview with Jazmine Miles-Long.

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We thought we’d take a quick break from the hustle and bustle of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to share this interview we did for our last Zine with you. Enjoy!

Many years ago, I used to travel down to London once or twice a year to attend, either as a stall holder or customer, the Bust Craftacular. It was great fun putting faces to names and getting to know my peers, seeking out new work for and meeting new customers.

One of the stallholders who I will always remember is Jazmine Miles-Long, an ethical taxidermist. I was mesmerised by her stall and especially the beautiful lamb in the suitcase (it wasn’t for sale, I would have bought it). Jazmine told me about how she came to have the lamb and I was struck at the tenderness by which she described the process. I’ve kept up to date with her work ever since and introduced HZ shoppe girl Anna Forrest to her work. Anna also fell in love and suggested she interview her for the HZ Zine. Here’s a version of the interview for the blog!

Jazmine’s Taxidermy Squirrel.

How did you get into practising taxidermy and how long have you been doing it?

When I graduated from Sculpture at Brighton University in 2007 I wanted to get a job I loved but had no idea what I wanted to do. So I started by volunteering at the Booth museum of Natural history. Once a week I would go and help renovate old Taxidermy cases, clean Bones, and type up chapters of Mr Booths diary. The first thing I actually ‘preserved’ myself at the museum was a moles skull. I enjoyed the process and so started doing Taxidermy at home with the help of a book a family friend had given me.

What inspirations lie behind your work…were you particularly inspired by anyone/anything?

I am inspired by animals and my love of animals (a bit obvious but there it is). I have always had them around me, cats when I was young, I worked on a farm as a teenager and now I have a horrible little grumpy terrier that I love. There are many artists and people who inspire me but when I do Taxidermy I am only really interested in that animal and the emotion I hope to give it.

What do you love most about what you do, what you perhaps not love so much?

 I love and hate how hard and frustrating it can be. It’s very rewarding when it goes well and there are tears when it doesn’t. You only get one try with each animal so its high pressure for it to be perfect and it’s dreadful when a skin is too old and the whole thing has to go in the bin. All the animals I work with have died naturally or have been hit by a car so I often have no way of knowing how long the animal has been dead and can almost finish the process when I realise its too late and I cant work with the skin.  


How do you feel when someone brings you an animal that was perhaps a loved pet, have you had any interesting or memorable experiences that stand out in your mind?

The first cat I skinned made me feel very uncomfortable, it was a bit too familiar for me. And when I first started doing taxidermy and every animal was new, I found it sad and hard working on them but it got easier. I have done pets in the past but not had good experiences as you just can not make the animal have the feeling the owner remembers, its impossible to recreate that bond. I won’t do any more pets unless they are simply donated to me because it’s just too difficult emotionally for myself and the owner. 


The process looks very delicate and complex, how long does it take from start to finish? How do you decide what you want the finished idea to be…the position, pose?

Tiny Lamb by Jazmine Miles-Long.

I always start with deciding on the pose before getting the animal out of the freezer. It is good to be thinking about this when you are skinning, so that you can literally figure out how it works and how it would sit in that position. Taxidermy takes a lot of patience to get right, it is much better to take as much time as possible, you can tell when a piece of taxidermy has been rushed. Birds and Mammals have very different skins because of the feathers and fur. Mammal skin needs to be tanned first otherwise the fur falls out; this is called ‘slipping’. It also depends on the mammal for example a squirrel only takes one day to tan but a deer can take a couple of weeks. There is also the fat to consider, a fox has half as much fat as a badger and every fibre of fat must be removed and it takes ages! It’s the same with birds; ducks and geese have a very very thick fatty layer in comparison to a garden bird. The mannequins I put the skins onto I mostly carve from Balsa wood and it simply depends on each animal as to how long this will take me, I can spend days just making the mannequin. But because of this I like to work on a few pieces simultaneously, at the moment it’s a Mallard Duck, a Vole and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.


What has been your favourite collaboration with another artist to date? Have you any up and coming projects that you are really excited about?

I am currently working with Illustrator and Artist Benjamin Phillips , my favourite pieces so far are a tiny duckling with an evil shadow painted by Benjamin that we had in a group show in November. I enjoy working with Benjamin because his work can be seen as humorous and often lude or creepy but he has a very particular sensitivity to the way he captures characters and mannerism’s that I find very beautiful and seductive. It is hard however for me to find someone that I can work with as I have so many personal rules about my own taxidermy, I want the taxidermy to be beautiful, I want the animal to seem respected and for the viewer to empathise with its predicament. I get very upset when I see Taxidermy art that is demeaning and badly done. Benjamin and me will be showing some of our new work in London in June. 

 

What direction do you want your work to go in the future?

I want to keep doing what I am doing now, developing new techniques and collaborating with other artists. I really enjoy learning and it seems that with taxidermy there are endless things I can learn. I only hope I will be able to do this forever.

 

You must love animals, what is your favourite?

I love dogs. They are very weird creatures. My difficult runt Betty is the best obviously.

Thank you to Jazmine and Anna for the interview, I really enjoyed finding out more about Jazmine’s working methods and ideas. Please check out Jazmine’s website to keep up to date with her work at jazminemileslong.co.uk.

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Duckling Shadow. A collaborative work with Artist Benjamin Phillips.

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