Practicing taxidermy since 2000 and state and federally licensed in 2010, Beth Beverly is Philadelphia’s premiere couture taxidermist, specializing in wearable mounts and unusual home decor. Her hats have won awards at the Devon Horse Show, Brandywine Polo, and Radnor Hunt Clubs. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, AMC's series about competitive taxidermy "Immortalized" and most recently the Netflix series "Stranger Things."
Beverly has been giving lectures and leading workshops on taxidermy since 2013 at The Wagner Institute, The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Morbid Anatomy and University of the Arts. Her knowledge on the craft and restorative skills have been tapped by museums such as the Academy of NaturalSciences, the Franklin Institute and The Vadon Hunting Museum in Transylvania, Romania.
The raw materials in my work are sourced via scavengry, as in no animals were harmed for the craft of taxidermy. All my specimen have either expired of natural causes or are the byproduct of humanely raised farm stock. My recent work with stillborn farm animals is deeply fulfilling to me as I explore my understanding of time and our attempts to bend it to our will as a means of holding on to that which we prize. While these infants are frozen in time as an eternal blank slate of innocence, they have younger siblings who will age, reproduce, and die. My taxidermy is meant to be touched and handled to provide a sense of intimacy rarely attained with nature in the wild. It is my hope that those who experience my work -be it a piece of decor for home or self- share my wonder at the treasures existing right before us in the natural world.