London based designer Reid Peppard has produced ethically sourced rodent jewellery. The majority of the range is road kill. There is something disturbing yet fascinating about the collection. The rat that is now a purse looks like it is being tortured I actually find funny and sent me into a fit of giggles.
The designer wanted to challenge how we view animals we wear using animals we normally consider vermin. To be honest I would much rather wear mouse or pigeon that has died from natural causes than a rabbit that has been skinned alive.
"RP/ENCORE challenges our attitudes towards fur, leather and waste. In a world where leather is worn without 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. A member of the UK's Guild of Taxidermists, I use both traditional and alternative methods of taxidermy to preserve and embellish creatures that are widely thought disgusting and unnecessary. When they become sculptural headpieces, necklaces and cuff-links, the specimens cease to be waste and become objects to behold. RP/ENCORE makes use of the city’s leftovers."
If only all prom corsages looked like this!