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By Noel Margaret
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Background  

As a kid, I spent a lot of time exploring the outdoors and collecting things from nature. I loved to visit nature centers, natural history museums, zoos and go on adventures with my family or on my own. 

Finch Hollow Nature Center
Finch Hollow Nature Center

I never liked sitting still and doing nothing... so keeping busy with making "stuff" was really important for me as a kid, especially during those times when I had to sit still and be quiet. I learned to weave, sew and crochet when I was young and found crochet to be a portable creative outlet that also kept me busy and focused. Like crochet, I was easily engrossed with drawing and spent many hours putting pencil to paper making pictures of animals, people and places that were often rather surreal. 

Antlers with Stone
Antlers with Stone

Not much has changed since I've grown up. I still do all the things I enjoyed as a kid and I never stopped creating. I’ve spent many years working with animals, natural history collections, teaching and exhibiting my work.

While studying Sculpture at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), I learned to knit shortly before I graduated in 2006. Something about the structure, process and look of knitting drew me in and I embraced it. Now, I have blended my curiosity of the wild and natural history with my love for crafting into a passion for designing and knitting taxidermy inspired animals. Naturally, the concept for Mounted Knits emerged! 

What is Mounted Knits? 

Mounted Knits ~ faux taxidermy to adorn you and your home is a knitting pattern / art book that will be filled with tailored patterns, beautiful photographs and illustrations, captivating stories and taxidermy galore! 

Sampling of the designs that will be published in Mounted Knits.
Sampling of the designs that will be published in Mounted Knits.
Mountain Goat study
Mountain Goat study

The Mounted Knits pattern collection will boast more than 20 animal inspired designs. From walruses, wolves and elephants to jackalopes, foxes and terrapins, the creatures in this book reflect the style of taxidermy specimens you might expect to see in a natural history museum, nature center, study collection or Cabinet of Curiosities. 

Curiosities Collection 1
Curiosities Collection 1

Mounted Knits will provide well-written knitting pattern instructions featuring a menagerie of beasts to adorn the home and body. I have been designing hand knits for about five years and will have three of my patterns published in two books coming soon - Geek Knits (by Joan of Dark) and 101 Little One Skein Wonders (with Storey Publishing). Additionally, I have self published my knitting patterns via Ravelry and Knit Picks

The designs will also be paired with stories, illustrations and photographs that reflect their inspiration. Some of these stories will be tales of my own, spun from the experiences I had working with thousands of taxidermy and preserved specimens for more than 10 years. 

Walrus study
Walrus study

Other stories will be those of history and from the people who work in the various institutions from which the inspiration for this book is drawn. I will be traveling to a number of natural history institutions including The Edna Lawrence Nature Lab, The American Museum of Natural History and the Harvard Museum of Natural History. While on location at these places, among others, I will be conducting research and interviews, drawing from life and working with my photographers to capture the ephemeral beauty of nature and the Natural History it becomes.

'Flesh and Bone' exhibit I curated at The Nature Lab while working there.
'Flesh and Bone' exhibit I curated at The Nature Lab while working there.

How Will Your Support Help?

When you back Mounted Knits, you'll be helping me turn a dream into reality. In turn, we can go on to enable millions of knitters out there who yearn to make their own faux taxidermy critters too! Likewise, Mounted Knits will feature a beautiful collection of photographs, illustrations and stories of the magnificent places, specimens and events for those in search of an artful book they can enjoy and share. 

Producing and publishing a quality book is costly and time consuming. It will take significant funds to cover the materials, copy / tech editing, printing, pattern testing, shipping, photography, marketing and travel for Mounted Knits.

From a Mega Fauna Thank You to the Full Mount-y there are some really awesome rewards in return for backing Mounted Knits ~ so be sure to check 'em out! 

   A special thank you to Georgia, Pat, Will and Gina ~ you're awesome!

Risks and challenges

Risk and challenges that accompany this project are primarily time-based.
I have an in home studio where I design and produce my work. Interruptions naturally occur because of this, typically from my husband, daughter and dog. These disruptions are minimal and I maintain a regular studio schedule, so I do not anticipate much of an issue.

I will be collaborating with multiple individuals for photography, editing and sample / test knitting. I am very selective of who I choose to work with and while unforeseen events may disrupt a schedule, I do not anticipate those working with me to not be able to fulfill their commitments.

The anticipated publication date for Mounted Knits is January 2016. Kickstarter backers will receive updates along the way to see the progress of the book.

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