After a couple years of furious activity, it’s been a very long time indeed since we posted anything here. A lot’s been going on though, as Jeremy has been working on more than a dozen commissions in Cincinnati, doing tons of workshops, putting together a huge tribute to Maria Sibylla Merian, and clearing out the Covington studio.
Why clearing the studio? Because we’ve officially moved to Toronto! I’ve been up here for two years now working on a PhD in urban planning, and we’re finally together again under one roof. (Readers, have we ever mentioned that Jeremy and I are married?) We wanted to do a little podcast on the topic of Toronto and Canada and moving to the big city, though our podcast muscles seem to have atrophied a little in the interim. We made it about 16 minutes before conversational entropy really set in:
Still, this is a way to break the silence and show some of the things we have in the works. We’re hoping to put a lot of work into this site very soon, including more, and more proper podcasts, so be sure to check back!
August 28, 2016 – It’s our 10th anniversary over the years one of the top questions asked has been “when are you going to do a taxidermy workshop in Cincinnati? Well, here we go!
How about you come on down and celebrate with us by attending a super special rodent taxidermy workshop? This is the first in a series of taxidermy workshops called “Making New Friends” that we will be hosting right here in Cincinnati and Toronto. We are offering a variety of ticket options from the 30 dollar “Looky Lou” to a couples deal, you can even tack on a kid for a discount, get em while they’re hot!
Over the course of 4 hours, participants will be provided with a mouse, hamster, or other such critter of their choosing, scalpels, gloves, and all needed materials to make their new friend. As you can imagine, we do a lot of anthropomorphic stuff here at MwN, but if you want a more natural approach, we will teach you that as well.
While most taxidermy is produced using a method of tanning that takes days, these little sweet hearts are small enough to use a simple dry preservative, meaning everyone will be able to complete their piece during the course and take their babies home with them. We have been collecting from the pet trade for quite a while now, so there is a lot to choose from in terms of specimens. And if you have a penchant for rodents with enormous tumors, we got you covered.
We will also introduce taxidermy methods for other small animals during the course, from reptiles to birds, we will discover methods that are guaranteed to addict you to the art of taxidermy.
You will be working from a whole specimen… that means you will need to skin your baby yourself, but don’t worry! YOU CAN DO THIS! This process is not nearly as “bloody” as you might think, and as we go, you will learn quite a lot about anatomy, medical and taxidermy history.
As always, wine, beer, and snacks are included.
Look forward to broadening your horizons Cincinnati!
WHERE– Meddling with Nature – 1707 Greenup Street, Covington, KY 41011
Every month, Creative Mornings hosts a FREE breakfast that is accompanied by a talk from a creative professional, meant to inspire and broaden your mind, these events are held not only here in Cincinnati but also globally! If you’re in Cincinnati and free Friday morning all you have to do is register and show up, we promise it’ll be a good time!
Oh, did I mention, IT’S FREE!
Hosted at CET
1223 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45214
Jeremy Johnson is a Cincinnati based artistic taxidermist. His scope in the medium is quite diverse and includes custom film props, museum exhibits, pet preservation and public workshops. For the past 10 years, Jeremy has headed Meddling with Nature, an organization that endeavors to connect the science and art of naturalism to the general public. Jeremy believes in direct engagement, inviting students to learn through experimentation by touching with their own hands and seeing with their own eyes. Jeremy currently lives in Covington, KY and is also developing a new organizational branch in Toronto Canada. He will also be teaching a course on Taxidermy at the Art Academy of Cincinnati this fall.
July 22nd, 2016 – Are you an artist or a crafty person that needs a little knowledge and knowhow in regards to bones, skeletons, or articulation? This is the workshop for you! Join us on Friday the 22nd for a comprehensive how-to on the topic. From the many different methods of cleaning and bleaching, to the finer points of how to find or create articulation hardware, Meddling with Nature will take your bony hand and guide you through with gentle love and experience. Got a project that you are working on and need some advice? Bring your baby along!
Meddling with Nature turns 10 years old next month, in celebration we are adding more workshops and open studios than any other previous year. Come on down and learn how to better articulate yourself!
*as always, our events include lovely snacks and wine.
Let Meddling with Nature dance for you like a sweet little grinder monkey! We just spruced up our studio and got a chance to show it off last week. This informal open studio gave folks the opportunity to see some weird stuff and ask as many questions as they wanted. No real theme on this one… basically we opened the studio up for fun experiences for you. Dissection, insects, taxidermy, bones, and everything in between.
Thanks to all who came on down, enjoyed some wine and talk about dead stuff! This event was “moderately” kid friendly, you know your brood… if they can handle it, they can always come.
You’re gonna <3 this! This Valentine’s weekend, Meddling with Nature, and GOODS on Main are teaming up for an evening of dining, dissection, and drinks. Why give a heart shaped box of chocolates, when you can show them what shapes and makes that ticker tick! Your evening begins with a hands-on heartfelt dissection where you, our very special guests, are encouraged to “see with your own eyes and touch with your own hands”. We then wind down with a casual discussion over a lovely heart inspired meal. No worries! There will be wine, gloves and sanitizer – because any decent ‘heart to heart’ always gets a little messy. Come curious, hungry and thirsty; paired or single this will be a Valentine’s Day you and your special someone won’t forget!
Cicadas and scarabs and weevils OH MY! Have you ever fantasized about starting your own insect mount collection but just don’t know where to start? It’s as simple as your own backyard, some basic household supplies, and a little insect “know how”.
Jeremy Johnson, founder of Meddling with Nature, will show you the ins and outs of preserving, mounting and displaying these backyard treasures. Meddlers big and small, armed with their new found knowledge, will enjoy this DIY opportunity to mount and take home their very own large exotic specimen.
A few months ago this post made it to the front page of Reddit and more recently he popped up on Imgur and 9gag, Totes went viral! Since then we will randomly get texts, emails phone calls and random drunk people informing us that Totes is on (insert web forum here). We love the attention and reading the comments that come along with these short bursts of fame. We try to respond to the people posting in these forums but honestly they either don’t care or think that we are trolling them.
So, here are some facts about Totes to set the record straight.
1. He, yes he, not sure why I have to clarify this, is a goat, and a male goat IS called a ram.
2. That is not someone’s bedroom, it’s an art gallery. Totes was originally made for a Cincinnati beer festival called Bockest, after dazzling Cincinnati in the Bockfest parade, and having a couple drinks at Meddling With Nature’s favorite bar, Totes sat regally in the center of an Alice in Wonderland themed exhibit at a local art gallery, surrounded by his taxidermy friends and the colorful paintings of Bill Ross. The whole composition was called “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.
3. Totes is reading Alice in Wonderland, NOT the Necronomicon. It is the Barnes and Noble Classics edition.
4. Chuck Testa? NOPE! Jeremy Johnson! I often wonder what Chuck Testa must think of this silly goat since he is constantly being blamed for Totes. I suspect he would approve!
5. Yes, Totes currently lives with Jenny Lawson, AKA The Bloggess. Jenny is our favorite author and if you haven’t read any of her books you should, they are hilarious. As a mater of fact the newest, Furiously Happy, is a NYT bestseller, and features Rory on the cover, and yep he came from our humble studio!
6. No the original poster on Reddit does not know Jeremy, or anyone else in the MWN crew… If they are friends of our, they should probably speak up, so we can buy them a beer. However, we will need definitive proof that you are “Philippejuvi” to get your PBR. Yes, PBR, you’ll get a nicer beer when you learn to use “you’re” correctly.
7. We did not post that picture on Reddit as a publicity stunt. But it is cute that Redditors think we are that good at social media marketing. We do try to keep up with the posts and answer questions as they come up, and have even thought of doing an AMA.
If you have further questions in regards to Totes let us know, we’re really good at responding and love hearing from ya’ll!