A businessman is fulfilling his bizarre passion for stuffed creatures by creating ‘bad taxidermy’ models using random body parts from different animals.
Jack Devaney, 26, creates his figures and creatures using both dead animal parts and a selection of other materials.
In the modern age, Jack doesn’t believe that traditional taxidermy has much of a place in the world because of how easy it is to search on the internet to see what animals look like.
In response to this he launched his business The World Around Ewe, which sells unique products including his ‘Animalgamations’.
Jack Devaney, 26, from Plymouth, has set up a business producing ‘bad taxidermy’ models using the body parts from different dead animals. Pictured: Abominable Snowman taxidermy
In the modern age, Jack doesn’t believe that traditional taxidermy has much of a place in the world because of how easy it is to search on the internet to see what animals look like. Pictured: One of Jack’s recent favourite works, a Re-Ammonite
Using body parts from dead animals as well as other materials, Jack produces his strange models. Pictured: A USB stick made from a mouse and a rabbit
Jack created a toilet brush using a rat, a plastic action figure arms and googly eyes
Speaking about his creations, Jack said: ‘Recently I’ve put together rat, an old bit of antique mink, ducklings, hamsters and rabbit ears to create ‘Bad Dog’.’
‘Another of his creations are ‘Rat People’ which are half a rat and half an action figure.’
To create his models, Jack purchases dead animals from pet shops who use them to feed snakes.
He then defrosts and skins them to use the parts for his models, which he claims has never been done before.
This is another of Jack’s Animalgamations. He has created an ‘elephant’ by using mice and a rat’s tail
A bad dog: Jack created a model of a dog using body parts from a rabbit, rat, duckling, mink and hamsters
This pencil case has been created using a rat and googly eyes. It is another of Jack’s bizarre taxidermy models
Jack created this fox head glove puppet. Jack turned his second-year university project into a full-time business
Jack even created a stapler using the body parts from dead animals. he buys the dead animals from pet shops who feed them to snakes
He first started putting together his strange models after being given a summer project during his second year of university, where he was tasked with showcasing some transferable skills from his life before education.
He said: ‘I had worked in a butchers shop in Cheshire from around the age of 13, initially as a Saturday lad, then as I got older I was taught knife skills and general butchery.
‘I didn’t have much else in the way of transferable skills that I was aware of, in a way it was kind of a fluke that I did taxidermy at all.’
He initially came across attempts at taxidermy on eBay which inspired him to have a go and soon he was creating models of a rat with googly eyes.
Jack (pictured) set up his business, The World Around Ewe, to try and modernise taxidermy in an age when people can search on the internet to see what animals look like
This bizarre model has been created using chicken skins, including it’s two large teeth
Family photo: A group photograph shows a collection of some of Jack’s taxidermy models
Pied piper: This whistle was adorned with the skin of a mouse and had googly eyes atached
Say cheese! Jack’s array of taxidermy models are unlike any other collection, he claims
Jack said: ‘A couple months down the line we’re told to do a ‘feasibility project’ – the idea was come up with a business based on a previous project that we had enjoyed and prove it could be a business.
‘That night I made my first rat pencil case with an anally inserted pencil sharpener. A staple of my business today – stationary stationery, if you like.’
Jack’s business has only grown since then allowing him to flex his creative muscles.
He said: ‘I do enjoy finding broken ornaments and replacing their missing parts with real animal parts. I call these ‘Faunaments’.’
Wearable art: Jack has even created a baseball cap-style hat using the skin of a rat
This Animalgamation looks alien-like and was created using the body parts from rats and chicks
Another supernatural-looking taxidermy model was made from rats and mice. It features multiple legs ad additional heads attached to long tentacles
Chicken-snake: This model is the result when Jack combined body parts from a work, a chicken and a rat
Jacks ideas come from trial and error with his variety of materials, or browsing shops for things he believes he could improve with some animal features.
However, Jack explains that his biggest inspiration comes from his desire to make people laugh, he said: ‘ I love when I get messages off of people that say its funny, or that it made their day. That’s one of the best feelings ever.’
Some of his favourite recent works are his ‘ReAmmonites’ where he takes ammonite fossils and brings them to life using toes from chickens that he has turned into bobble heads.