Tell us about your business.Animals are my life, I've been a Zoo Keeper for over 12 years! I've always had a fascination with natural history & the art of taxidermy, but through many personal zoo experiences (I've witnessed chickens in love & became a gorilla mama twice!) I wanted to do taxidermy without real animals. I realized I could make my own animals & that sweaters were a fun material to work with. I started with a white argyle deer in 2008, but it wasn't until I had my son in 2011 that I realized I wanted to make Sweaty Taxidermy a business. I let the sweaters I find inspire me. I search for them everywhere I go. I enjoy playing with the patterns until I get the right look for the particular animal I'm making. Every order I receive still surprises me! I would love to do Sweaty Taxidermy full time, there are a million fabulous Sweaty's just waiting to be made!
What makes your business stand out?Even though taxidermy and faux taxidermy have been around forever, the sweaters I choose to create my Sweaty's with bring a fresh playfulness to the taxidermy world.
What's the best business advice you've received?"No shortcuts!" Given to me by my husband, an award winning gemstone cutter.
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