ISSUE 58  |  On the Mountain

The Art of Vegan Taxidermy

February 07, 2013 11:00 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

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No peppers were stuffed for this taxidermy. Or tomatoes or birds, for that matter. Berkeley, CA-based artist Aimée Baldwin–whose realistic three-dimensional sculptures of plants and birds are made of paper, wire, a little glue, and a little paint–will be at the University of California Botanical Garden tomorrow to explain her technique, which she modestly describes as “repetitive cutting and gluing.”

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As part of the botanical garden’s Plants Illustrated show, Ms. Miner will give a demonstration from 10 am to 4 pm on Friday to show how she creates her works . For directions and more information, see UC Botanical Garden.

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Above: Ms. Baldwin also sells her work on Etsy, where Wild Mustard is $1,800.

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Above: A detail of Wild Mustard.

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Above: Miner’s Lettuce. For more information, see Vegan Taxidermy.

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Above: Ms. Baldwin (L) makes feathers for a blue heron out of crepe paper. When making a bird (R), she starts with a plastic foam body shape, papier-mache, and sticky packing foam. For more, see SFGate.

Are you as captivated by one-of-a-kind botanical art as we are? For more, see “Vintage Swedish Botanicals” and “The Ultimate Pressed Flowers.”