Tag Archive: Katie Surridge



(Supporting the Anti Badger-Cull Campaign)




Made from recycled materials and a roadkill badger.

(Completed 2009)


“When the badger comes into our lives it is time to get busy with projects, speak up and ask for help if we need it in our lives. The badger is also a sign that it is time for us come out of hiding – it’s time for us to let the world know we are here, and we mean business!”



(Total Bollocks)


My rant on The Plan to cull all the badgers – to be continued….


My feelings have been expressed in my upcoming badger taxidermy art projects entitled:


*  TB – Total Bollocks!!!





*  How to Really Bag a Badger!


How to really bag a badger.

(2009 – present)



*  A Better Solution Please

(2009- present)


This post is incomplete as yet, I will finish the wordy bit and re-post when I have the spare time.



 SHAMANIC ROADKILL CAPE - Made from recycled materials feathers from the capes of seven golden roadkill pheasants - 2 years in the making, completed at NOMADIC VILLAGE 2012, modelled beautifully by Visual & Shamanic Artist KATIE SURRIDGE of London.


SHAMANIC ROADKILL CAPE – Made from recycled materials and bronze tipit feathers from the capes of seven Common Ring-necked roadkill Pheasants – 2 years in the making, completed at NOMADIC VILLAGE 2012, modelled beautifully by Visual and Shamanic Artist KATIE SURRIDGE of London.

 (Completed during my artists residency at the Nomadic Village 2012)


This project began in 2010 following a one month expedition into the Amazon rainforest.


     Whilst studying anthropology and teaching art workshops in the villages I was greatly inspired by their animistic art forms, especially the shamanic feather work of certain tribes of the Upper Rio Negro region.  I found their love and understanding of the harsh reality of nature very moving.

I was impressed by their sustainable collection techniques.  Instead of killing the birds required for each piece (a technique employed by most societies) these people, deeply in touch with their environment, simply trapped them, plucked a few choice plumes, then released them – enabling the feathers to grow back (and in the process making them harder to catch next time!!).

I wanted to create something similar and sustainable, using feathers from the male pheasant found in the UK. – So I used roadkill (no surprise there then, lol).

Pheasants make excellent animal totems for many reasons.  Their essence stimulates sexuality, encourages creativity, and enhances energy.  Only certain plumes – tipits- picked from the chest area, of seven pheasants in total, were used in the creation of this cape.

As with a lot of my work, I aspire to gently push the viewer, including myself, to question preconceptions and social/cultural taboos by creating something beautiful and compelling from something dead and/or socially repulsive.

Thank you Katie for being my model, I knew you would look beautiful together.



In 2015 this Shamanic Roadkill Cape ventured into another realm of“Animality”

by artist and photographer Casey Orr




Tribal Ali by Casey Orr for The Animal Library poster“The Animal Library – Women, Animals and Instinct” examines how Nature and Culture intertwine and explores the different relationships women have with animals; the cultural understanding of the language of women, the histories of women and nature, and our relationship to animals and our animal selves through photographs and reproductions of the books and library artefacts.

I was photographed along with 10 other women who embody what she hopes to explore and communicate – an understanding of culture as not separate from nature but that the two are intertwined; both integral to a definition what it is to be human.

This photographic exhibition in two parts. The first series explores the different relationships women have with animals. These are large-scale portraits that range from women who align themselves with animals and their inherent powers through the wearing of fur, animal print and leather to women who, through animal husbandry and farm work, have a daily commitment to animals.

The second part of the exhibition is in response to the library collections. This series of large-scale photographs examines our cultural understanding of the language of women, the histories of women and nature, and our relationship to animals and our animal selves through photographs and reproductions of the books and library artefacts.

So, if you want to explore woman’s wild and feral nature, the connection we feel to our culture, Nature, each other and more, pop in and have a look!

1st December – 9th January 2016 – “THE ANIMAL LIBRARY- WOMEN, ANIMALS, INSTINCT” – The venue is in Leeds City Central Library, in the City Centre.

There is a special talk by the artist on the 8th of December, 5.30pm – 6.30pm. The admission is free but you need to register your name for a ticket. Places for the talk are limited. I’ll definitely be going



Look out for blogs on my other projects created at Nomadic Village – PLACENTA ART  &  JAPANESE WISHING TREE





The Nomadic Village UK 2012, Wolsingham, County Durham, UK

Monday 21st May – Sunday 3rd June 2012

Public Opening: Friday 1st June 15:00 – 21:00

In just a few days we will be heading up the A1 to participate in this event… lets see what I can conjure up with a placenta, some twigs and a bunch of dead pheasants, lol….

“Alison Brierley works with organic materials in an often shamanic nature, recycling wildlife and dead animals such as road kill in an attempt to use everything, she dislikes waste. Brierley harnesses these methods to honour birth, life, sex, death and renewal, her practice also involves wild foraging, creating a deep connection with the environment by surviving from the land. Themes in Brierley’s work stem from nature as well as anthropological and ethnological studies of tribal cultures, these are informed by her extensive travelling. Brierley often works with schools and the wider community on projects, working alongside others to push boundaries and challenge perconceptions.

During the Nomadic Village Brierley will recycle wildlife, especially road kill to create useful, everyday objects, encouraging interaction, participation, education and activism. Exploring ideas of survival and self-sufficiently, especially in a nomadic context.
Inspired by recent journies to Japan, Brierley will focus on the idea of ‘Wishing Trees’ to create a structure that will be ceremonially destroyed at the end of the Village.
Brierley will attend the Village with her camper van ‘Olive’, her partner and her newly born baby.”

I will be inviting the local Primary school children to help create the Japanese style Wishing Tree.

View the links below to the most recent info on the web…




From 21 May to 3 June 2012, County Durham will house a village within a town, when a ‘Nomadic Village’ of over 30 international artists makes its temporary home in Wolsingham. The artists will live and work in camper vans, caravans, marquees, a converted police bus and even an adapted milk float based at the Desmesne Mill Picnic Area in Wolsingham. The 10-day project will provide space for professional artists working in a variety of mediums to live and work, engage and interact with the local community and produce work that responds to the location and situation. At the end of the Village, on Friday 1 June, there will be a public exhibition, and during the Village there will be open afternoons for the local residents to visit the artists at work.

The artists come from as far away as Australia and as near as Tow Law, and the work will vary from photography, film and digital media to 3-dimensional sculptural pieces. Participating artsits have been selected based on the quality of their work as well as their commitment to gaining inspiration from their temporary location and their artistic practice of working as nomadic artists. As well as being able to take advantage of the open afternoons and to chat to the artists and visit the focal point and the village ‘mayor’ – artist Klaus Mähring – many residents will be involved in the artists’ work more directly: artists will be visited by and will visit pupils from Wolsingham School and Community College; a group of photographers based in Tow Law are going to be working with the local community during the time that the Nomadic Village is in Wolsingham to gather stories, images and anecdotes about other ‘visitors’; and other collaborations and interactions are being worked out at the moment.

The project is being brought together by ISIS Arts, in collaboration with Durham County Council and Wolsingham Parish Council. The Village is the brainchild of Klaus Mähring: a photographer who uses an old-fashioned plate camera to create stunning visual impressions of the landscape, he lives for six months of the year in his converted police bus, travelling for inspiration. Two years ago, he invited artists to camp with him in Bulgaria, and the resulting Nomadic Village was such a success that Mähring was keen to create another one with more structure and facilitation for interaction with the local community.

The Nomadic Village will create a unique working environment for artists, who will be able to draw inspiration from each other and from living with like-minded creative people, as well as from the beautiful location. It also gives the residents of Wolsingham, a rural location, an extraordinary opportunity to interact first-hand with artists and their practice, as well as enjoy the exhibition of the resulting artworks. This exhibition will then tour to Vienna and other parts of Austria, with further tours in discussion, taking the inspiration of Wolsingham to other communities internationally.

Nomadic Village Artists

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