Sherene is a professionally trained and licensed ameture taxidermist based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Also a contributing member of the UK Guild of Taxidermists since 2010, she abides by any laws regarding taxidermy and its counterparts (See more info in our FAQ section). As a side project to the taxidermy, she got involved in entomology practices in London and became fully immersed in all things related since. Moth Studios is a taxidermy studio that focuses very much on beginner experiences and taster workshops that give the curious folk a snippet of what the world of taxidermy is all about! Sherene will introduce you to the techniques and complexities of this amazing art but will always advise you to be tutored by an accredited professional if you wish to pursue taxidermy more seriously.
Sherene has taught taster sessions about the art of taxidermy for 6 years, to both adults and children. She is also a qualified youth worker, and is very passionate about teaching a wide variety of students with different cognitive abilities and from varying social background. Sherene received her BA honours degree in Fine Art back in 2013, along with becoming the director of Moth Studios Limited. The studio and her taxidermy work has been recently featured, sold and broadcasted on ITV, BBC One, London fashion week, Manchester contemporaries, local newspapers, Living North, BuzzFeed and in a handful of luxury alternative bridal and photography magazines.
To Sherene, taxidermy has to have a perfect blend science and art; taxidermist skills, scientific knowledge of anatomy, physiology and a consistent level of creativity to be able to execute carving, sculpting manikins, groundwork, displays and painting/airbrushing skills. All of these are a necessity to achieve the vision. Not to mention a taxidermists patience, persistence and extensive research on certain projects!
Sherene has always had a small studio space, which has allowed her to practice taxidermy not just from home, but within the city centre amongst other creatives. Moth Studios blends taxidermy, entomology, art, photography, alternative fashion and offers a creative social space for the community, locals & tourists. Sherene does a lot of collaborating as well as being a taxidermist and welcomes people of all ages to participate in workshops. Groups include; the general public, hen and stag do’s, corporate event socials, schools, colleges, 1-2-1 sessions, disadvantaged youths and adult therapy groups.
The building itself hosts an events bar, pop-up coffee stop, food vendors, dj’s and musicians when events are on, along with many other talented working artist studios. It’s a city centre hub that allows visitors, tourists, and students, to experience and explore stimulating creative subjects. Especially taxidermy…right here in the city centre.
Allowing the general public to access something very obscure, specialist and understandably very pricey, peaked Sherene’s interest for her taxidermy work to develop and to try to make the fascinating art accessible and easier for everyone to enjoy. With taxidermy gaining popularity over the years, Sherene is aware more people want to try their hand at taxidermy and while this is absolutely amazing!… she stresses the fact that you will not come away with any kind of formal training in taxidermy, these are just beginners taster sessions. If you attend a workshop, you will discover quite quickly how many years training and experience needs to be applied to create an amazing taxidermy mount. The natural world needs to be professionally portrayed… our beautiful animal species deserve it don’t you think?
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www.gov.uk Natural England Organisation
Based in the Newcastle city centre, Moth Studios focuses on the beauty and preservation of life & death, making the world of natural history more accessible for the past, present and the future in the form of contemporary taxidermy.