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Taxidermy: Charivari - Wearable Trophies
The University of the Arts

CE 0012N 01 Taxidermy: Charivari - Wearable Trophies

CE 0012N 01

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Beth Beverly



Spring 2018

  • (Apr. 4 to Apr. 18)
  • Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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  • Tuition: $125 / Fees: $50
Learn about the history and lore of the charivari, the wearable hunter's trophy, and how to create one of your own. Work with a range of small, preserved and thoughtfully sourced specimen components, to design your own wearable trophy. Students are encouraged to incorporate any special totems of their own, as well as those provided in class, such as teeth, locks of hair, claws or whiskers shed from pets or objects found in nature. These treasures will be set into prefabricated jewelry hardware and incorporated into bracelets, necklaces, key chains, etc, for you to take out into the world!

NOTE: 3 class sessions.

What will you learn in this course?

  • learn to work with chain and cold connections
  • how to properly handle and preserve specimen components
  • make a meaningful connection between a physical item, and the story it tells

What topics will be covered?

The history and lore of the chari-vari, how it has evolved over time and how we can apply that philosophy or wearable trophy to our contemporary pallette.


Any small treasures found in nature that you've been holding onto, to incorporate If you have pliers, or wire cutters feel free to bring, but supplies and equipment will be provided as part of your lab fee.

Dexterity and hand eye coordination is a plus!

Check out previous student Taxidermy work here