WORLD – Collectors Room

COLLECTORS ROOM…sounds important doesn’t it? WORLD have created this new space called COLLECTORS ROOM, which is filled with collections that have caught the WORLD team’s attention, or have made part of their aesthetic over the past 25 years. These collections and rare pieces are currently being enjoyed in an eclectic and luxurious environment, complementing the WORLD fashion collection downstairs.

Inside is a rare teak monkey sculpture, Vintage Thierry Mugler, Christian Dior and Missoni clothing, ceramic sculpture by Colin Melbourne and one of Arnold Machin’s most successful pieces for Wedgwood “Taurus, the Zodiac Bull”.

As you walk up the stairs, you are greeted by a swarm of butterflies and bugs in frames, then a flock of birds displaying their plumage and dancing for the audience…yes these birds are my taxidermy pieces. I am very honoured to be showing my work in amongst some well known and sought after collections.

Last week I took the time to visit the space and take some photos. I also invited Sait Akkirman from Artsdiary to come along as well. I have included one of his shots below, which will be used in an upcoming feature about me (soon to be revealed).

If you are looking for something special and different for your family or friends for Christmas (or just in general in case you are one of those people who loves giving presents to people), then you should definitely check out the COLLECTORS ROOM.

Upstairs, 97 Ponsonby Rd (enter through WORLD Ponsonby)
Opening hours Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12noon – 4pm

World Store, World, Taxidermy

Taxidermy, Taxidermy Art, Karley Feaver, World, World Brand, Collectors Room

Collectors Room, WORLD, Ponsonby Road

Taxidermy, Karley Feaver, Taxidermy art, World, World Brand, Collectors Room

Collectors Room, WORLD, Ponsonby Road

Photograph of taxidermy by Karley Feaver

Collectors Room, WORLD, Ponsonby Road

Photograph of World Store Ponsonby Road, Auckland

WORLD Store, Ponsonby Road

Photograph of taxidermy by Karley Feaver

Becoming Otherwise series by Karley Feaver

Photograph of taxidermy by Karley Feaver

Becoming Otherwise series by Karley Feaver

Photograph of taxidermy by Karley Feaver

Photograph © Sait Akkirman, Artsdiary, 2013

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Hello My Tropical Princess Bird Friend

Father Rabbit, Karley Feaver, Taxidermy

Visiting Father Rabbit and My Tropical Princess Bird Friend

You may remember me mentioning back in July that I was working on a secret project. Well, this is it! Father Rabbit have added a guest room (in the form of a bird house) and have introduced Hello My Tropical Princess Bird Friend. I am so honoured to be involved with this project and decided to visit the house to check out their new location at BLOC.

The painting above is for sale, and I also designed the bird for the branding of Hello My Tropical Princess Bird Friend (below).

Father Rabbit, Karley Feaver, Taxidermy,

Hello My Tropical Princess Bird Friend

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Working on something

Paintings of birds by Karley Feaver

Yet to be finished…Progress of paintings for a special project

I’m working on a special (secret) project at the moment. I have been commissioned to create a bird image/painting for a new business soon to open. The image above is obviously  in development, but a sneaky peak before the detail goes on. Imagine if there was an actual bird with all of these crazy colours! Unfortunately it only exists in my imagination.

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The Denizen

I thought I blogged about this, but then realised I didn’t. Just before Becoming Otherwise opened earlier this month, The Denizen kindly did a profile of me on their website.  Check it out HERE.

The Denizen is a multimedia platform that celebrates the art of living well from a New Zealand perspective. Launched in September 2010, the Denizen website has fast become the go-to online destination for those looking for a local fix on the art of living well.

I wanted to say thank you to Claire Sullivan (Publisher & Editor-in-chief), and the staff at The Denizen for all of their support over the past couple of years.

Photograph of Taxidermy by Karley Feaver

Courtship of Blackheart and Erythrura Gouldiae – Photograph on Ilford Galerie Fibre Gold paper – Image © Karley Feaver

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Artsdiary and Becoming Otherwise opening

Photograph of taxidermy by Artsdiary

Wild & Free – Photography © by Sait Akkirman from Artsdiary

I have been a huge fan and supporter of Artsdiary for a while now (along with many others).  The above image was taken at the opening of Becoming Otherwise, and the irony is just hilarious.  I am not sure who the person is in this photo, but she obviously dressed for the event.

Artsdiary launched back in 2010 and is run by Sait Akkirman and his wife Judith. They live with their cat Henry, who I have never met, but love so much as he reminds me of my good friend Marize’s cat who is crazy cute, literally, and we have a special bond (yes I think I am secretly a cat whisperer, but that’s another story).

This is a thank you to Sait for photographing the opening of Becoming Otherwise, the arts scene in Auckland wouldn’t be the same without him and Artsdiary.

Photograph of Taxidermy by Artsdiary

Brendan is just jealous of my dress, hence the look – Photo © by Sait Akkirman, Artsdiary

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Installing the show

Yesterday the works were delivered to the gallery and we started installing.  Saatchi & Saatchi have a brilliant man called Ian working for them who is helping me install the show.  His ideas and suggestions have been amazing, and we have placed things in a way that I would never have thought of. Its been an invaluable lesson that every now and then you (the artist), needs to step back and let someone else show you how the works are speaking to them. I’m loving what we have done so far, and today we finish the install…ready for the opening on Thursday.

Here’s a sneak peek, with lens flare added to make it harder to see the work…I don’t want to give too much away before the opening…

Karley Feaver, Taxidermy

Installing Becoming Otherwise (with lens flare added so you can’t see the works properly)

Karley Feaver, Taxidermy

Transporting the works to Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery


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The Framing Studio

So I decided to do something a little different for my upcoming show and do some large (920 x 665mm) photographs to include amongst the menagerie of birds and nests. There is no one else I would recommend more for framing than my friend Daryl at The Framing Studio. Daryl has over 15 years experience and is very particular with everything, a bit of a perfectionist, and in a good way!
If you want to see an example of his work, come to my exhibition, Becoming Otherwise, and check out what he has done for me.

The Framing Studio

The Framing Studio

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You’re invited

Karley Feaver, Taxidermy, Saatchi & Saatchi

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Whitehaven, wines, sponsorship


I am very pleased to have WHITEHAVEN as the wine sponsor for my upcoming exhibition, Becoming Otherwise.

Established in 1994 in the heart of the internationally renowned Marlborough region, Whitehaven is the realisation of the White family’s vision to create a respected and critically acclaimed winery.  Sailing the Pacific, they set a new course for the Marlborough Sounds, dropped anchor and launched a wine label – WHITEHAVEN.

Today the company is headed by Sue White, an enthusiastic advocate of the region, who continues to make the dreams she shared with her late husband Greg a reality.  Sue leads a small, talented, committed team who together are carving global recognition for the Whitehaven label, showcasing elegant, single varietal Marlborough wines to over a dozen countries.

The Whitehaven philosophy centres on the pursuit of ‘quality without compromise’ a principle underpinning the entire winemaking cycle – from vineyard management to every bottle of pure Marlborough wine bearing the Whitehaven label.

In a relatively short history Whitehaven has evolved to become one of Marlborough’s leading ambassadors, their award-winning wines bearing the distinctive anchor insignia are enjoyed around the world.

I’m looking forward to sharing their wines with you at the opening reception of Becoming Otherwise, Thursday 4th July at Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery, Parnell, Auckland.

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Becoming Otherwise Progress

Things are coming along nicely for my new show, Becoming Otherwise. I am madly working on a new series of birds, birds nests, drawings and photographs for this show. Not sure exactly what will end up in the show yet, but I like to work on a whole bunch of things for each series and decide closer to the time.
Here is a sneaky peak of some birds waiting for their transformation…

Taxidermy Art by Karley Feaver

The before shot

This new series of works is a continuation from Creaturely Wonders, however with more refined ideas about adaptation and transformation. Here is a description of what to expect…

Strange and marvelous things, flushed beaks, flamboyant plumes and elaborate displays. Karley Feaver’s exhibition, Becoming Otherwise, transports you into a world of exotic creatures filled with odd familiarities and strangeness.

Through the ages people have made beautiful things for themselves and others by using materials from their nearby environment.  Birds are known to do the same, especially when seeking to attract a mate.  Feaver’s new works bring the image of beauty almost to the edge of absurdity, their appearance is both bizarre and extraordinary, unlike any other creature on earth.

While exploring the idea of transformation and adornment, Feaver’s current interests rest in nature’s ability to survive in different forms by adapting, adjusting and mutating into an increasingly man-made environment. 

Human hair is a common feature in Feaver’s new works.  For some, hair has no fixed meaning but for others it has powerful meanings and can retain the aura and energy of its owner. It also has great social significance, as does a birds plume or an animal’s coat.  It is an indication of status and an artifact of the soul. 

“I am interested in the scientific, intellectual and aesthetic reasons behind the re-creation of the animal.  I am exploring how each one could exist in a domestic setting by adapting to their surroundings.  Through this, my investigations of the animals have developed by morphing animals and other various objects into newly formed creations”.

Taxidermy by Karley Feaver

Before Shot

People people have said to me “how does someone like you come up with ideas like these?” And by that they mean that I look “innocent” (I know this because they have explained themselves…haha).  I guess my ideas can be a bit bizarre and surreal and maybe a little morbid. My imagination is always going (it never stops) and I experiment a lot with my materials. I often think up ideas, write them down then execute. However when it comes to executing the pieces in 3D form, they don’t always work out as I imagined them to. I would say only about 20% of the ideas in my head actually end up working. So there’s a lot of experimentation and learning…which is the fun part.
And something you may not know about my process, I hardly ever draw images of my ideas. I use words. I write a description of what I am thinking, I might draw a little doodle, but generally I only use words. I really wish there was an invention where you could take a photograph of the image in your head, it would make things a lot easier.

Thanks again for reading.

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