28.4.09

Disce Mordi

New Zealand native Julia deVille just might be my new favorite person (other than my sister. . . Happy Birthday Alden!!!).  After being fascinated by life and death her whole life, in 2002 she befriended a taxidermist and learned the art of preserving animals.  From there she obtained an advanced diploma in gold and silversmithing and went on to create her label Disce Mori which combines her taxidermy skills with her love for leather and fine jewelry. . . . i covet every piece she has created. 

now get this. . . Julia has donated her body to Germany's renowned Institute for Plastination to prove her dedication to her art form!!! When she dies her body will be dissected and then filled with a polymer to preserve it for exhibition!!! f-ing hardcore!!! (check out bodyworlds.com

My sociology class on death and dying was probably my favorite class i ever took.  My friends thought i was a bit morbid for signing up for it but i've always been fascinated by the way different cultures deal with death and dying. . . our culture doesn't deal with it.  we have created a whole vocabulary in order to avoid using those words. . . we say "passed on" and "not with us anymore"   If i didn't like making things so much i'd probably love to study death and dying further.


5 Comments:

Blogger noirohio vintage said...

wow. those wing broaches are amazing!!!

April 28, 2009 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger me melodia said...

I love her work!
I just discovered her stuff (where the F#@% have I been?).

I think i'm going to have an embolism if I don't pick up the bird foot brooch.

April 28, 2009 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Miranda said...

beautiful work...and very interesting interpretations..i love the feather wing pin

April 28, 2009 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger Liz! said...

Really, these are truly amazing - unlike anything else out there. You post like a madwoman, I don't know how you do it, but I thank you for always having interesting things to share, every day, all day long...

April 29, 2009 at 2:41 AM  
Blogger skinnyGLASSESgirl said...

phew..i'm not the only weirdo that saves animal parts. My cat brings home some crazy stuff and I save some bits and pieces to someday do something creative with. you find the best STUFF!!!!!!!

April 29, 2009 at 4:26 PM  

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