Antlers and Skulls
Displaying antlers and skulls remind us of the wild that lurks outside the door. It brings nature in; adding a raw, rustic element to a warm and cozy space. For some they're a trophy, for others an expression of bohemian flair. For all they're an icon of the west.
From recycled metals to Pendleton wool, these visionary artists put a twist on the classic, mixing nature with eclectic mediums. Showcase above a fireplace, create an aesthetic break for a gallery wall, or simply present as an object d’art.
Meghan LaCroix is a Houston based artist, and my latest obsession. Meghan uses floral arrangements and salvaged materials to create romantic, one of a kind pieces. Feminine whimsy juxtaposed with desolate mystery; resembling the art of the late Georgia O'Keeffe. Her arrangements are professionally treated, insuring longevity and natural beauty.
Meghan does take custom orders, which means I'll (hopefully) be getting a bison skull for the holidays.
Chase Holland of Faraway Lovely, creates handmade pieces of art with authentic antlers. Reinforced with iconic Pendleton fabrics, the pattern brings an unexpected warmth and texture. The Buck, shown below, is a colorful and inviting conversation piece. Taking on an American hunting style aesthetic, each is truly unique and made to order.
An avid hunter, San Francisco artist, Ashley Tudor, uses a natural skull as her guide. The skull is cast in bronze using an ancient method of lost-wax casting. The pieces are assembled and shined to a high polish, then the antlers are attached. Each sculpture is one of a kind. Finishes are available in bronze, gold, chrome, silver or various patinas.
A curiosity of how things are made is the inspiration behind Ferrous Wheel Designs, based in Bozeman, Montana. Playful and industrious, these sculptures are made from shed antlers and mixed recycled metals. A modern twist on natural beauty, each creation is made to order.
Owen Mortensen, of Logan, Utah, is a sculptor, furniture designer, and artist. His style is truly western, as he draws inspiration from the high-mountain desert of his home. The bison skulls come from the open ranges of Montana, Colorado, and the Dakotas. To create the antique patina, he uses a five layer staining and gilding method. His pieces are dramatic, bold, and organically modern; created for a genuine collector.