ISSUE 58  |  On the Mountain

The Art of Vegan Taxidermy

February 07, 2013 11:00 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

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.”


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.


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


Above: A detail of Wild Mustard.


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


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.”