September 16, 2016 – Flower Preservation WorkshopThe most popular way of keeping that most fantastic memory alive! Join us for a DIY workshop opportunity. Wine and snacks included! Along with a FREE GIFT – your very own flower press so you can keep the fun going at home!Collecting flowers and leaves is very rewarding but […]
March 3, 2017 – Bring the 300 year old works by Maria Sibylla Merian back OFF THE PAGE using real plant and insect specimens.
August 28, 2016 – It’s our 10th anniversary over the years one of the top questions asked has been “when are you going to do a taxidermy workshop in Cincinnati? Well, here we go! How about you come on down and celebrate with us by attending a super special rodent taxidermy workshop? This is the […]
August 26, 2016 – Jeremy has been asked to give a talk at the Cincinnati chapter of Creative Mornings as part of their “Weird Series“! Every month, Creative Mornings hosts a FREE breakfast that is accompanied by a talk from a creative professional, meant to inspire and broaden your mind, these events are held not only […]
July 22nd, 2016 – Are you an artist or a crafty person that needs a little knowledge and knowhow in regards to bones, skeletons, or articulation? This is the workshop for you! Join us on Friday the 22nd for a comprehensive how-to on the topic. From the many different methods of cleaning and bleaching, to […]
Let Meddling with Nature dance for you like a sweet little grinder monkey! We just spruced up our studio and got a chance to show it off last week. This informal open studio gave folks the opportunity to see some weird stuff and ask as many questions as they wanted. No real theme on […]
Necropagnosia – By Meddling Mike PriceMike’s drawing titled ‘Necropagnosia’ has been selected to be apart of a traveling gallery exhibit featuring past winners of the Helms Trust at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Exhibit opening May 5th at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.The drawing is gorgeous, but don’t take our word for it go see for […]
February 12th & 13th Anatomy of a Valentine: Dinner and Dissection You’re gonna <3 this! This Valentine’s weekend, Meddling with Nature, and GOODS on Main are teaming up for an evening of dining, dissection, and drinks. Why give a heart shaped box of chocolates, when you can show them what shapes and makes that ticker […]
February 19th Entomology DIY Workshop Cicadas and scarabs and weevils OH MY! Have you ever fantasized about starting your own insect mount collection but just don’t know where to start? It’s as simple as your own backyard, some basic household supplies, and a little insect “know how”. Jeremy Johnson, founder of Meddling with Nature, will […]
Totes MaGoat’s sets the record straight.
A few months ago this post made it to the front page of Reddit and more recently he popped up on Imgur and 9gag, Totes went viral! Since then we will randomly get texts, emails phone calls and random drunk people informing us that Totes is on (insert web forum here).
16 years ago Carl Fox, a local bar owner opened the Crazy Fox Saloon, located in the historic district of Newport, Kentucky. The Crazy fox was the second bar that Carl owned, the first Rosie’s was named after his late mother Rosie Fox, and appropriately the Crazy Fox was named after his late father. […]
So, this week’s Man Crush Monday, or as you young people like to say, #MCM, is the author of “On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in animals”, physician, lecturer, and the sexy beast we like to call Harvey, William Harvey. Now, I know what you are thinking, you’re thinking that I’m choosing Harvey […]
Its time for BugFest Cincinnati! This year the Museum Center has quite a selection of activities for the arthropod enthusiast. One of them is us! So, what can you expect from our workshop in the Natural History Museum’s STEM lab? Apart from our fantastic merch booth in the rotunda, we are excited to invite you […]
The Meddling with Nature gang will be hanging out at The Frameshop this Friday teaching old and new friends all about bugs! Participants will be provided with an insect (choice of some of the specimens shown on the flyer) and materials for mounting, as well as an instruction booklet for home care and specimen gathering. […]
Very excited for the release of Jenny Lawson’s new book! We had a little bit to do with the happy little boy on the cover. 😉 Its available for pre-order now on Amazon!
*****Due to our founder Jeremy Johnson’s father’s death, all events for the next 2 weeks have been canceled. Sorry for any inconvenience, but we will be back with a vengeance in April!***** We’re so excited to announce that next Friday, we’ll be co-hosting a Final Friday entomology workshop with The Frame Shop. You can […]
Well, a week has passed, and we at Meddling with Nature have had quite a ride! Please enjoy some photos of our recent piece “Totes” at the 2015 Cincinnati OTR Bockfest and be sure to visit him at the Carnegie’s exhibition Now Here: Theoretical Landscapes in Covington, Kentucky in 2015. Here is Tote’s triumphant entrance onto the Cincinnati […]
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Thats right kids! Meddling with Nature has partnered up with Bill Ross of Thunder-Sky to invite you to The Carnegie‘s all floors show entitled Now Here: Theoretical Landscapes. “This exhibition surveys a group of artists that create spaces and environments in their work that, though grounded in reality, suggest altered sensibilities. Such dislocation in art is […]
Does anyone know the etymology of ‘podcast’? Are we casting pods? Are we plants? An alien mothership spawning in the Earth’s bountiful rivers? Or perhaps we’re anachronistic ironmongers in the world of modern minimalist architecture? In any case, let our pods be cast in the void, its brutal, indifferent fires stirring them to live or […]
I want to continue this slowly ongoing discussion of museums in a slightly different direction by developing a thought that Jeremy and I were uncovering last week as we passed through Ohio. I’ll stand it up as a confident assertion: The highest possible good that a tangible piece of history can serve is to give […]
Christmas is fast approaching, and we are reaching the limit of our commissionability, so if you have any dreams of adorable perma-grinned babies under your tree, let us know now! We don’t have enough time for a cow or a rhino, but we can get a chinchilla, raccoon, skunk, or other similarly sized critter to […]
I’ve been going on a bit of a Wikipedia spree lately, uploading dozens of photos of Jeremy’s old pets to the commons. Check them out on my user page, and let us know if you find them useful. It’s mostly moths right now, but I’m going to add some manti and arachnids in a bit […]
Just a few weeks ago we completed our 3rd dissection at the Art Academy of Cincinnati! This is yet another step to getting our fine institution closer to embracing the first ever Naturalist Arts program. This past year we have done quite a lot, and sadly in many ways we have been too busy to […]
In lazy contribution to the ongoing discussion of museums, I’d like to submit the following as expert testimony. Friedrich Nietzsche On the Uses and Abuses of History for Life Translated by Adrian Collins My own comment will be forthcoming once I feel like I’ve understood this.
What is the role of the museum in the progression of our society? Well… lets keep in the spirit of off the cuff writing and thought development. By writing that, I mean to say that I am not necessarily convinced that everything I say is actually what I feel, believe, or know. (And they are […]
I started to write a little post concisely stating my opinion of the Natural History Museum in London, which I recently visited, when I ran up against the apparent fact that I have no concise opinion on that matter. It seems that my thoughts are quite confused, complex and contradictory. The collection of the museum […]
Some say that a non-human mammal will do fine on three limbs, I think that he or she can do awesome with four… Even if all four happen to be prosthetic. -paraphrased from Martin Kaufmann, Founder of Orthopets
Final Saturday of the month means Open Studio time! This month we present a live-feed from the MWN. We will be looking at the skeleto-muscular-motor system; how the kinetic aspect of our anatomy works, how the various elements are constructed, and how certain processes can go terribly terribly wrong. We will discuss the evolutionary impact […]
Good morning, fellow meddlers with nature! After years of accumulating bodies and bits in our freezers and drawers, we’re finally getting around to taking inventory and liquidating some of our materials including feathers, bones, skins, bits of exotic wood and other odds and ends. For the most part, we’ll be selling on our Etsy and […]
This coming Saturday I am pleased to announce that I am opening the studio doors again for our first open studio session in quite a long while! We will be dissecting our way through the Cardio-Pulmonary system with a Porcine specimen. Participants are welcome to dissect right along side Jeremy Johnson, Mike Price, and Corinna […]
Density map of non-emergency calls for service to the City of Cincinnati between 2008 and 2013–specifically requesting the pickup/removal of a dead animal from a public right of way. 12,381 records. Records having a description with the string(any case): ‘%dog%’ 1,201 ‘%cat%’ 2,638 ‘%possum%’ 934 ‘%deer%’ 1,670 ‘%rac*oon%’ 2,302 ‘%bear%’ 1 Description from that last […]
Behold the great and mighty Thor! We are always happy to accommodate commissioned pet taxidermy. Yeah, I know… people always say they want to go through with this, but its actually a very rare type of commission. We are always happy to take the risk of discerning customers. Keep in mind that very few taxidermists […]
A photo from some recent prop work for From Dusk Till Dawn. The second third episode is out already, and it’s quite good so far! I’ll insist that Jeremy explains some of his process in the comments, but the task was basically this: make a german shepherd into a blood-barfing zombie dog with gaping wounds […]
More over on the dissection gallery page.
What’s better for stuffing a stocking than something dead? I mean really, you don’t want to put a live animal in there, unless it’s a human and then only their foot fits anyway. Who wants someone else’s foot for Xmas? The logic is clear. Beside the show-stopper pieces we have for sale, there are some […]
Here we have the newest DIY style video explaining some of the processes of large mammal taxidermy. “Marlow” is a lovely 3 year old tigress who died of diabetes complications earlier this year. When I was commissioned to work on this lovely lady I decided to document the entire process. What you see here are […]
From Mike Price:
Just a quick note of thanks to everyone who turned out last night for the Halloween dissection at the AAC! I could tell Jeremy and Mike had a great time presenting and it looked like the audience enjoyed the show as well. I suspect we’ll have more pictures posted shortly either here or over on […]
Suggested donation at the door is $6 students, $12 non-students.
Did you know you can rent taxidermy through the mail? Neither did these pups until they were packed up for their trip to Madison Avenue! Well, we’re not sure if they’re really aware of their situation; they are dead. Most of our currently unsold work is available for lease if you need something to, say, […]
Just taking a break from not posting to keep y’all up to date on what MWN’s been working on since our last update… But first, an introduction is in order. Hi! I’m Nate. Jeremy is the one that does most of the work here. The interns do a lot more ‘Meddling’ even than I do; […]
Absorb your blog and darn your socks at the same time! Go on, give it a listen! Dissection is the purest form of self-understanding. These investigations we are about to undertake are not simple inquiries; little more than butchering with a book. Dissection is the process of intimately exploring the mechanisms which enable life to […]
A manifesto in several parts. Part the first: Children with Toy Soldiers For thousands of years we have found many ways to define humanity and its place in cosmology. Whatever we might come up with, and no matter how complex the routes to get there, we can always rest on the determination that in […]
Second installment on what Meddling with Nature is all about I work with the things that people pass by every day with a sense of disgust. A cat on Elm Street, or a Coyote on interstate 275. These dynamic, intricate, self-contained worlds release their hold on autonomy at death to become a part of the […]
At the core, Meddling with Nature is about us and our environment. It’s about the walls we have placed to support our deification and what makes it so hard to tear them down. It really is about meddling with nature; The fun parts, the disturbing parts, the amazement of creation and the satisfaction of destruction. […]
To those of you who have expressed an interest into trying your hand at skeletal articulations, I have prepared a little impromptu presentation of an African Lion piece. While this is not a DIY or how-to video per se, it might answer some questions or spark a few that you didn’t have before! Wanna give […]
Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival January 2013 A young taxidermist and small town loner is entranced by a girl who finds his work beautiful. Just as their relationship begins to progress, he does something that drastically changes everything. Click here for the Skin FB page
Put the heads back on your turkeys this year Ah yes, the traditional Thanksgiving turkey feast! The very thought of it brings up images of an iridescent copper and brown tom with a bright red and blue head, in a plump full strut stance. (sometimes we like to put funny little pilgrim hats on this […]
The Ralph Lauren window display is up! If you are in NYC go take a look at the flagship store on madison. I am also happy to say that soon Meddling with Nature work will be available at The Evolution Store in SoHo.