Emily Binard was born in Detroit, MI in October of 1976. Her childhood was spent between her hometown of Toledo, OH and the Binard family’s Fly Fishing cottage, The River House, in the North woods of Michigan on the banks of the Au Sable River. She studied Fine Art Print Making techniques at the University of Colorado, and received her Masters of Science in Textile Print Design from Philadelphia University in 2005.
After graduating with her Masters, she moved to New York City to start working in the design industry. She began taking taxidermy classes at the Observatory Room in Brooklyn in 2011 and was immediately hooked.
A childhood love of miniatures and dollhouses, combined with a lifelong interest in the natural sciences made her anthropomorphic rogue taxidermy style a perfect fit. Miss Binard currently works as a senior designer and assistant manager at Blanche Field Custom Lampshades In NYC, as well as acting as the Art Director for SpinSpinNYC, and pursuing her artistic career at the same time.
She is an active member of MART, the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists, and adheres to their ethical sourcing guidelines.
Although my artistic education is in Printmaking and Textile Design, I have always explored a myriad of mediums for my artistic expression, and I am always seeking to learn to use new techniques and materials. A childhood love of miniatures and dollhouses and a lifelong interest in the natural sciences made rogue taxidermy a natural fit for me, which I took to immediately upon taking my first taxidermy class in 2011.
My background in fashion and textiles influences my continuing forays in to creating wearable taxidermy fashion and art. My artistic process involves a lot of epiphanies and late night scribbled idea notes that get fleshed out in my sketch book before coming to life in fur and feathers. One of my goals with my taxidermy art is to make my taxidermy more approachable for the general public using whimsy, humor, and kawaii to appeal to a wider audience that might not usually appreciate the more traditional taxidermy styles. I am a member of MART, the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists, and I adhere to their ethical sourcing guidelines…that being said, I want to make clear that I am not deeming the sourcing methods of others as “unethical’. In my terms, ethical sourcing refers to the fact that I do not kill any animals specifically for my work, nor do I ask others to do so.
I try to use my taxidermy artwork to give new life to dead things and parts that would otherwise go to waste…naturally deceased animals from farms and breeders, freezer burned animals and hides that other taxidermists would discard, deceased animals damaged by road trauma. I try to salvage the otherwise unsalvageable.