Who knew dead rats could be in vogue?
While most of us would be unnerved or even nauseated by the thought, vegetarian & designer Reid Peppard thinks otherwise and pushes boundaries thru her taxidermy creations. RP/ENCORE offers unisex accessories made from dead animals due to pest control, natural death, road kill or Panasonic, her cat. Pieces are constructed using sterling silver and embellished with swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones and rubies.
In an article Reid shares; “RP/ENCORE challenges our attitudes towards fur, leather and waste. In a world where leather is worn with out question by most, and replaced by un-biodegradable plastics by the rest, it is ironic that the image of an animal preserved using taxidermy is still enough to cause widespread outrage and fist banging. It is for this reason I taxidermy the prolific, consequential vermin result of London’s excess.”
Peppard attended Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design majoring in Fine Arts and continues to live & work in London.