How intricate a mechanism the body, how elegant the curvature of a clavicle! It’s no wonder so many artists find themselves inspired by the wondrous hidden framework of living creatures. Collected below, some curious work by three jewelers, adventurous artisans who believe in extending the life of anatomical construction well beyond the years of its original owners.
Fist up, Julia Deville. Miss Deville’s biography hints at an interesting character I’d love to have over for tea. She is a trained cobbler, silversmith and taxidermist enthralled with nature and its inner workings. Fusing these areas of expertise she created her line – Disce Mori. Inspired by Victorian mourning artifacts and jewelry, Julia’s beautiful website‘s dark clockwork theme is as entrancing as her pieces. Jet is paired with silver cast from animal bones among a selection of cuff links, buttonhole adornments and fob chains alongside necklaces and bracelets. Also here are less orthodox items – a brooch featuring a preserved mouse, for instance. Bold, yet far from costume fare, Disce Mori pieces are as timeless as they are macabre. The “Taxidermy” section is small, but shows a sense of humor with its “Kitten Rug” [exactly what it sounds like]. Viewing her works as reminders to enjoy the present, Julia makes a point to mention that the animals she uses have all died of natural causes.
Follow beyond the jump for two more purveyors of life-affirming adornments.
Welcome to the quiet insanity of Purevile! Post-Apocalyptic-Victorian accessories and clothing for Time Traveling Dandies, Femme Fatales of all ages [and genders!] and all those in-between. Oddities and Curiosities of all shapes and sizes. Things found in an attic.Things forgotten in a basement.Things behind glass in a museum. So open your mind and follow Alice down the rabbit hole… Curiouser and curiouser!
The delightful introduction above says it all. I rubbed shoulders with Wren the dandy creator at Dances of Vice and witnessed his beautiful vending table – a miniature museum in itself. The lush display was awe-inspiring, filled with vintage mannequin hands, glass cases and antlers. All this before I even saw the jewelry! If Disce Mori is bold, Purevile Industries and Mercantile Inc.
is downright audacious. Medium-sized jaw bones, ornate Victorian drawer-pulls, vintage chandelier crystals and entire doll heads decorate these decorations. Asymmetry is king in the world of Purevile, alongside the absurd! I leave you with this description of one of the pieces pictured below. Visit the Etsy shop to check out the rest of the giggle-worthy vignettes.
Endangered: You thought you were the last of your kind – special, an anomaly. Until you felt a strange longing and heard those footfalls behind you…
Custom Creature Taxidermy Arts‘ jewelery selection is far more understated, taxidermy being the main focus of the site. You can acquire no-nonsense muskrat or alligator feet earrings and pendants are strung on simple metal chain or black cord, for an every day look and price. The artist behind Custom Creature is Sarina Brewer – a licensed taxidermist and animal lover, her passion is driven, like Julia Deville‘s by a deep respect for the natural world and traditional death rites. Siting the mummies of Egypt as well as the preservation of saints’ bodies by the Catholics, Sarina believes in taxidermy as reverence. The animals in her work are never killed for art’s sake – she uses salvaged roadkill and donations, making sure no part goes to waste.
Sarina’s true passion and specialty is the creation of fictional composite animals. Charming and often hilarious, these are creatures you would find in a fairy tale or a sideshow. FeeGee mermaids, zombie squirrels, sea devils and chupacabras are all here for your viewing pleasure next to a variety of winged and horned cats. My personal favorite is the beautiful Capricorn below.