A coffee with Broken Hare Faux Taxidermy artists duo + Giveaway
You aint seen anything like this ! - i know this isn’t a great way to introduce a company, but it was the first thing that came to my mind when i saw what This Talented duo creates. i love faux taxidermy as oposed to real one - i thought that my faux donkey head was great …. up until i saw those ! They are so life like its unbelivable that they arent real ! .And its all made in Cardiff too - plus if you are Dr Who fans - then you will love this interview with Katherine and Jon Plus there might be a giveaway too , but you have to read all about it .
So once we have got the rather bad introduction out of the way i hand you over to Katherine and Jon ( sorry both i think it is all due to the fact that i cannot stop staring a the screen admiring your creations while typing and i am still pretty amazed and gobsmacked at the pure talent)
Can you tell our readers about yourself and your brand ?
We are broken hare. We specialise in realistic animal sculptures, also known as faux taxidermy. The ‘company’ is only really Katherine and Jon, and Jons father john snr, although he keeps threatening to retire. We met on the set of Dr who making Daleks, sexy stuff. Katherine had come to Cardiff after working on Fantastic mr fox, and Tim Burtons Frankenweenie(in the puppet department). Combining Jons skills as a sculptor and prop maker, and Katherine’s puppet making talents, we knew we’d eventually create a product together. We were both Elle decor subscribers, and loved the look of the taxidermy pieces, but felt we could offer an Animal friendly version, so Broken hare was born.
2 .What piece are you most proud of , or one that has a significance to you
For me(Jon) it would have to be the Giraffe. It was originally commissioned by Angel Adoree, for Escape to the chateau. We went over to visit at the beginning and saw the amazing, but dilapidated chateau. We went home, and had many visits to folly farm to see the giraffes. It was a challenging sculpt, but what i think i like about it that you get so many different looks from the giraffe , and each paint job is a new challenge. I don't have any stencils so each one really is unique
3. Can you tell me some of your strengths that really helped you in your design journey ?
I (JON) have done a lot of jobs, a lot. bin man, toilet cleaner, telly sales you name it I've probably done it. So working hard and long hours to make sure we can keep doing what we love is important. Also working in the film/tv industry, teaches you to work to dead lines. As an artist, you could spend for ever titivating with a piece of work, but you have to finish things. and thats important.
4. What would be your tips for anyone thinking of starting their own business in design
be prepared to work all hours, for little money, sometimes even just for experience. some of the best lessons I've ever been taught have been on work experience, just think of it as a free training course rather than working for free. Also get your pricing correct from the start.
5. Can you tell me about your greatest high in your career ?
Really annoying i cant say who it is, but we were approached by a someone super famous, to turn one of their doodles in to a sculpture for a Christmas present. And its an honour to know its on their wall.
6 .What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from that?
We probably jumped too quickly to do wholesale, before we had got our prices correct. the phrase busy fools springs to mind. make sure you are getting enough for all your hard work. Its very tempting when a big shop almost validates your work, but the relationship wont last if you haven't made a good enough deal.
7 . Who has impacted you most in your design journey and how?
There is two really. The Canadian artist Evan Penny. I went to his sculpture exhibition in Calgary. I left the gallery absolutely mind blown. As a sculptor i admired his work anyway, but one piece L.faux cmyk, left me scratching my head, to how he did it. still to this day i don't understand. Second would have to be my mentor Barry Jones. So many people in the world have looked upon his work, in films and tv , but largely goes uncredited. The amount of skills he has, and has graciously taught me and everyone around him, make it possible to believe you can create anything.
8. Who is your design or style icon
Your going to laugh at this but , as a kid i had a book called ‘Need a house call ms mouse’ it was about a mouse architect who built these amazing houses for her animal friends. I still want to live in some of these houses.(insert pic). Also for me would have to be Jim Henson. I m sure he's responsible for a lot of our generations creativity. From fragile rock to labyrinth, these worlds and their inhabitants were our inspiration On a more serious note some of the great makeup effects artists like dick smith, Stan winston.
9 What do you think has been your brands super power?
Well it would have to be the fact we offer an animal friendly taxidermy. were the Linda Mc Cartney of the trophy taxidermy world. Also we handmade it all in our workshop in Wales, Great Britain.
10 Were you artistic as a child?
I was but nothing too, Crazy. there were always much better artists in my classes, and i guess sport took over.
11. Since Style Squeeze is all about small spaces - how would you squeeze most of small square footage (your tips suggestions)
fill it with Broken Hare animals! haha! no really we do think they work in most spaces …..from Chateau’s to 2 bed terraced houses like ours!
12 .What do you do in your spare time?
Well we have a baby now so there’s not much of that but I still like to play rugby, and Katherine is a bootsale fanatic.
13 Do you put limitations on the work in terms of brave and bold or is there no fucks given?
I challenge myself all the time and rarely say no to a commission. The problem now is the balance between running a profitable business, and just doing whatever i want . the jobs have to make sense, i.e how many will i be able to sell. Although, i still dabble in some indie film making with super talented James lies. i get to create fantastic creatures like an 8 foot conger eel/lady rubber suit, or a crazed demon rat
Quick fire questions
design or functionality -design
What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done?- got lost on Easter island with no map
Which bad habits of other people drive you crazy? parking over two parking spots
favourite dinosaur ;) - triceratops
What was the worst job you have ever had - tele sales,
would you rather Kiss a jellyfish or step on a crab?- kiss a jelly fish
coffee or tea?- coffee
In " Alternative universe if you could be any piece of furniture what would you be ?-drinks trolley
What was your worst decor faux -pass - orange/brown plastic sofa….very sticky in hot weather!
who would be your idea client to work with - lady ga ga
Now for the fun part for all of you !
Beoken Hare kindly donated a very special faux large ostrich (100cm tall x 20cm wide
Protrudes from the wall 38cm) worth £395 to one lucky winner - i am well jel here that i cannot enter :)
To be in a chance of winning please
@patirobins on instagram
on my Instagram post please tag as many friends as you like as each comment with tag is counted as one entry , so the more times you enter the merrier, also if you re share the post on your stories it will count as 1- entries
competition is open to UK only , and will finish on the 7th of july , with winner being announced the following Wednesday
To check and purchase sculptures please visit https://brokenhare.bigcartel.com/