2019 | Ongoing | Patreon-funded     

I fashioned the tools by my own hand
Of cunningly scavenged tooth and bone
And found a lion waiting, aye

Tooth and Bone
(Razor Blade Spine, 2007)

A collection of lyrics-based trilogies showcasing Vanessa's ethically sourced skull collection.
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Tooth and Bone: Series 1, Part 1
"August brings naught but fresh sorrows"
Tooth and Bone: Series 1, Part 2
"How I would rest my weary head"
Tooth and Bone: Series 1, Part 3
"Bleary-eyed, I stumble lightly through the carcasses and casualties"

   A note about the animal specimens displayed on this website

Paper birds
Vanessa works exclusively with ethically sourced skulls, feathers and other specimens obtained via private collectors and reputable sources, as well as cruelty-free, non-animal-tested cosmetics. No living creatures are ever harmed for the sake of her art. In fact, she's a vegetarian, and, as noted in the biography section, a lifelong wildlife advocate.

Any North American songbirds featured in her work are printed images—for example, the paper goldfinches and robins pictured to the left can be found in a number of her portraits. In North America, it’s illegal to possess live native songbirds/raptors or their remains (taxidermy, bones or even feathers) unless one is a legally licensed wildbird handler or care provider.

All bones and other specimens in Vanessa's collection are ethically sourced, cruelty-free and non-CITES species, and were obtained through reputable and trusted sources. She does not own/collect specimens protected under international conventions or North American laws, nor should any enthusiast. If her work has inspired you to collect skulls or animal parts, it's your duty as a responsible collector to educate yourself on the legal requirements applicable to your country of residence. Conservation and awareness are crucial to preserving wildlife and wild places.