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Taxidermy Automata

 My name is Mark Mills and I have been making and restoring automata for over 20 years. Just over a year ago I made a collaboration piece with a taxidermy artist named Amanda Sutton of Amanda's Autopsies. The first automata we made together was the white rabbit magician, which was a great success and it was brought by a famous magician as soon as it was finished. I instantly fell in love with the media and find it a constant source of inspiration. So much so that I want to take it a stage further and create large automata sculptures for an exhibition, they will not only incorporate taxidermy but also a rich variety of natural history elements, such as skeletons, insects and even living plants. The automata sculptures will be operated by the viewers themselves through a vast system of cranks and levers, making them part of the sculptures, bringing them too life. I want to make automata's that will amaze, I want to make machines that make people laugh out loud one minute and jump in fright the next. I have so many idea's that some days I fear my head will explode. The money from Kickstarter will enable me to concentrate on the bigger more complex piece's for the exhibition.

Another thing that the money from Kickstarter would allow me to do is purchase a 3D printer. A 3D printer would be the ultimate creation tool for me, to produce hollow body shells for the taxidermy, but also I can design and print unique parts for use in the mechanisms. Whatever I image in my head I can print out and use in my sculptures. how wonderful! 

Amanda doesn’t use animals that were killed for taxidermy, she uses reptile feed, road kill and animals that died naturally. She creates taxidermy to preserve the beauty of the animal. Check out her site http://www.amandasautopsies.com

All the music in the video was created in one take on a hand cranked synthesizer automata I have also designed. But that's another story........

Take a look at some of my work, to see the quality and detail of what I do. Thank you


The Rat Fortune teller

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 This piece was made as a one off for a nationwide automata building competition organised by the moving parts Newcastle puppetry festival back in May this year, and I'm pleased to say it won first prize. With comments such as "we particularly liked the professionalism of the craft" and " loved the performative elements" from the judges.

 Crank the handle and he comes to life throwing himself into a trance, the crystal ball glows and your fortune is delivered on a card at the sound of a bell.

This piece will go to the first person who pledges £800


White Rabbit Magician

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A beautiful white rabbit that performs a real magic trick, by making 4 different objects appear and disappear under his cup. He is available to people who pledge £700 or more 



Shy Apple mouse

 


A little shy white mouse, that ventures out for a peak before diving back for cover. 

These little ones will be available to people who pledge £150 or more


Ballerina Mouse

 

The sweetest little mouse who will dance for your pleasure.

She will be available to people who pledge £199 or more


English Garden Teddy Bear Automata

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These little music box automata's are all designed and handmade by myself, with 5 separate movements, Turn the handle and bring the scene to life.

These will be available to people who pledge £299 or more


Punch & Judy Teddy Bear Automata

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Classic summer beach scene, with a Punch & Judy show and a crawly crab! 5 separate movements.

Available to people who pledge £299 or more


Teddy Bear Magician Automata 

This is the same mechanism as the White rabbit automata, but in Teddy bear form. Watch children's faces as the wizard bear performs his trick. With the tap of his wand he will make several objects appear and disappear in front of your very eye's.

He is available to people who pledge £399 or more


Wiggly Worm Automata

Your very own wiggly worm, turn the handle and watch it crawl. Comes in two finishes black or Natural

Available to people who pledge £50 or more

 

All pieces will be numbered and signed by myself

#taximag

A fantastic magazine covering everything taxidermy. Full of beautiful glossy photo's and fabulous articles. One of which is about my automata's, a really great read.     Published by Curious Kanna

Available to people who pledge £10 or more


 

Risks and challenges

All my pieces are completely handmade from scratch and involve many hours of work. Times stated for delivery are estimated and in many cases they will not take as long to deliver, but I think it is best to over estimate delivery times rather than to under estimate them. Taxidermy items will vary from the pictures shown on the page as every animal is different and each one will be unique. Thank you

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    A totally unique piece that won us first prize in the moving parts competition 2017. Crank the handle to see Zoltar consult his glowing crystal ball and tell you your future....

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