D.I.Y Taxidermy III: The Future Gallery!

The response from the show was immense.  Some people loved it and as usual, some people hated it. I know there was some purists out there who were perhaps not expecting what they saw but the clue is in the title. D.I.Y really does mean D.I.Y. There was a good few taxidermists out in the audience who approached me and said they loved it too which was a surprise! I'm always most worried about them because I know I'm not doing it the 'traditional' way and that can be quite insulting for a craftsman/woman. Like a builder might feel about a cowboy.  However I hate being told what to do and how to think and am far happier making it up with more varied and interesting outcomes! Number 11 (Unamed photos by Nathan Whitham) For me there is nothing more boring than things turning out as expected...obviously I admire skill and craftsmanship...but we all have to make our own way in the world and I have chosen this one. The audience was brilliant. I like to think we had a rapport

D.I.Y Taxidermy III: Back From The Dead- LIVE

Amazingly Future Gallery has agreed to show the next LIVE D.I.Y taxidermy show!!! There's going to be a live stream with a big screen and everything. I promise this one won't smell as much .... On Wednesday 23rd Febuary.... Charlie Tuesday Gates presents: D.I.Y Taxidermy III: Back From The Dead LIVE  Doors open 6pm-  Resuscitations from 8  Future Gallery 5 Great newport Street WC2H 7JB In her 3 rd LIVE D.I.Y taxidermy show she will be ‘Dicing with Death’- getting inside the creatures you have grown to know and love her own D.I.Y style. Stuffing obscenities right in front of your very eyes…. ***** Absolutely NOTHING was harmed on purpose or even accidently on purpose. All animals were FOUND dead or they are refuse from the game or farming industry. These beautiful creatures have been saved, their discarded lives not left to rot at the bottom on a bin liner. ----------------   ‘Dark, tongue-in-cheek, fairly sick and utterly compelling’ Spoonfed 'Charlie Gates is fa

"I actually find it a bit disturbing"

I got a complaint today from a housemate. I live in a care home for old people so there are loads of random rooms. I'd taken one over as a special 'death room' where I could keep rotting corpses lying around without fear of persecution.... I moved it all to the room opposite the swimming pool because there is a much nicer view......but unfortunately the smell got out into the gym and I was discovered! Now me and my lambs are on the run...... I've got one more teeny tiny baby in the freezer waiting to be reborn. 


People have been asking when D.I.Y Taxidermy III will be.... Well I say spring at the latest. I have soo much great stuff from Dorsecore...just not a venue in London- so if you have one and you want an exhibition and a show in it then let me know. Here is a list of the great stuff I have for stuffing so far: Baby baby lamb Giant pigs head Squirrel Seagull from Brighton Pheasants Goldfish All these things were lawfully obtained by friends and family alike. I have the best friends. Another interesting thing is I have now actually read a book on the subject. Yes I branched out and broadened my horizons. It was good to know that intuition goes a long long way...but also a sturdy background means the foundations won't crack in the future. So now I know more of what I'm actually doing instead of just fumbling round in the dark parts of my mind.

The 'Lambinator'

A friend of mine has started work as a 'Lamber'. Basically making sure baby lambs are ok. Lots aren't because they are taken away from their mums at 3 days old. Pretty young but this is usual practice even in 'organic' places. Loads die. Loads and loads- mainly because they are taken away so young or they get special lamb diseases or because they are small and runty. The ones that die get thrown in a giant bin- huge-a massive stinking bin overflowing with baby lives. This giant bin of baby's then gets burnt somewhere secret. These were rescued for me. One is 3 days old and the other just a week. So today I skinned the older one for a future art something. The smaller I have saved for the next live D.I.Y Taxidermy III  It's tummy was all bloated and yuck where it has started to fill with methane gas.That's the smelly stuff. NEVER PEIRCE THE GUT!!!!!  An advert for those animal rights people And here is the lamb without it's body, hu

Notion Magazine Dec 2010

I've got the notion finally  This was page 42 of Notion Magazine from way back in December. A charming young lady to came to Dicing With Death and then wrote this: So that was nice. Bloody hard to read on here.  Full story p42 ---------------------- I finally have a video from D.I.Y Taxidermy II: Dicing With Death ! It's not here - It still needs uploading...but it's hard technically to understand.... I also have footage of the SURREAL NIGHTMARES installation at SHUNT... but that's even more elusive technically. It's all highly technical. It's my own fault for basically not doing things for myself which I should- Which I am. I brought a memory card and everything.

Lost Photos from Dicing With Death

BIRD HOUSE. I rescued the house from my mothers garden then turned it into a center where freakish birds preyed on other birds, catching them with eggs and sparkles, leaving half eaten bird corpse's to fester in various conditions and states of decay. It was about 9ft high. Pretty massive and really heavy. Bursting with bust up birds. Expedition Popular Culture