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Taxidermy class with Mickey Kwapis at Joy Street Studios in Somerville, MA

I had the pleasure of taking and photographing taxidermy classes taught by Mickey Alice Kwapis last weekend! Mickey is incredibly fascinating and super smart and it was so cool to be able to take her class and get to know her. She is a licensed and professionally trained sustainable taxidermy educator from America teaching short-form classes in museums and universities around the world. She'll be coming back to Boston in May and I highly recommend signing up for her classes. Check out her site at

When she picked me up Friday night, I got in the car and she asked me "Wanna get a moose?!" which I eagerly agreed to. We drove to Eastie to this home where this older couple have lived and raised all their grown children in. They had had this moose head in the family since like the 70's and were now moving and just wanted him to go to a good home. They were so sweet and it was such a lovely exchange to watch. 

The following day I took her rabbit taxidermy class. Not only did she show us how us her craft, but she shared so much information and history about it with us. Mickey and I went to the Harvard Natural History Museum where she answered my millions of questions about how you taxidermy pretty much anything. 

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The following day I sat in on her rat class to photograph everything. It was so rad to be able to see the process for both animals.