Editorial Portrait of Kate Egan, Taxidermist in Liverpool for Grazia Magazine.
A few weeks ago I was asked to do a feature for Grazia magazine on ‘millennial hustlers’ – women who have a second income to supplement their main career and that I was going to photograph a taxidermist in Liverpool called Kate Egan. If that wasn’t exciting and inspiring enough, I then discovered, via Kate’s instagram (@deadthingsbykate), that she has long white hair, beautiful tattoos and a unique sense of style. I couldn’t wait! I arrived at Kate’s house to a very warm welcome and a choice of about 50 different tea’s. Kate was keen to explain that she is very ethical about her taxidermy and only works with animals that have died naturally and that she also uses natural processes to achieve her results. I spot the 9 skulls lined up outside against the garden fence (drying out naturally (and slowly) in the northern sun) and wonder what the neighbours must think. She tells me about the wolf’s tooth she found in a horses skull and how this would have caused the horse pain throughout his life and worries that he would have been labelled as naughty when he was just suffering. She clearly loves animals and loves her work. Kate is not only a taxidermist, but an artist too and combines her talents to produce beautiful commissions.