Monday, 30 November 2009

Black Black Black

I have been experimenting with different feather dying techniques. I am yet to be 100% happy with any of them.

I'm after a deep oil slick black, and all they dyes I have been using give me a dull, muted black with altered feather texture/volume.

Anyone know a nice (preferably eco?) jet black feather dye? Get in touch---

Thursday, 26 November 2009


I found this pigeon across the street from the main entrance to the National Portrait Gallery.

It was in beautiful shape... it must have flown into the window of the Nat West building, and broken it's neck. I'm sorry I didn't get any better images. That area gets lots of foot traffic and tourism, so I had to act fast...

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Rat Coin Purse: The Second Coming

This is another style of coin purse I've made out of rat fur. The skin is from one extremely large feeder rat which had a strange problem when it went through the tanning process. The skin separated from the hands, feet and face of the animal, forcing me to come up with a new design.

I'm quite pleased with how it came out, and it's given me some thoughts for the next collection.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Who's Jack Magazine

The people at Who's Jack Magazine got in touch a while ago about borrowing some pieces for their 30th edition.

It's interesting the way they've styled the London Caught Mouse Pendant as they would any other manly necklace... It's RP/Encore for the everyday!

Monday, 16 November 2009


Here are some stills from the Juvelen music video I worked on with PolzerHofstedt:

Autumn Leaves Collaboration

Image: © Toby Ross-Southall - Model: Nutty Williams - Makeup: Nohelia Reyes

I recently collaborated with amazing Art Director -- and a close friend of mine: Miss Scarlet Winter on a collection of performances for The Opulent Club.

Here's the official blurb:


Autumn Leaves is a conceptual approach to the presentation of fashion and accessories. Combining art, performance and fashion, ‘Autumn Leaves’ negates the confines of the catwalk and adds a contemporary element. A collaboration between art director, Scarlet Winter and designer Reid Peppard (RP/Encore) Autumn Leaves encapsulates the essence of the traditional British autumn.


Staged at 33 Portland Place, ‘Autumn Leaves' was performed by the gorgeous Beaux Belles and three stunning models.

Shrunken Heads

Here is a picture of a shrunken head my dear friend Mattie brought me from Ecuador:

Ok, so it's not a real one (it's made out of goat skin) but it brings me neatly into the following:

My Aunt Julie sent me this amazing link from National Geographic:

with this incredible and extremely rare archival footage:

I think this sort of preservation is so fascinating! Expect more on this in the future...

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Lady Gaga: Bad Romance

There's some really fab fashion in Lady Gaga's latest music video "Bad Romance". Lots of beautiful McQueen stuff, and even some... RP/Encore!

I was approached by Gaga's people to make some work especially for the video a while back, but they requested I keep it quiet until the video was released to the public which was last night...

check it out:

Paying special attention to 4:25 and the very end... If you look closely you can see my creations on Lady Gaga's head!

Thanks to Nicola Formichetti and Ana Trevelyan for getting in touch.

I will post some high res pics if and when i get some.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

loves it

I love it when people get it...

Inside the brain of a taxidermist...

I was recently approached by creative duo Polzer Hoffstedt to collaborate on a music video for Swedish pop star Juvelen:

I don't want to give anything away, but the character we developed for the video is rather like a fictional interpretation of a young crazy... you guessed it... taxidermist who has some rather bazaar habits...

It should be ready fairly soon, and I'll post the link when it's online.

It's life...

A lot of you will know Jack from emailing us at RP/Encore, or from the door at the Launch. Most weekends he does a bit of work in Colchester in the countryside, and generally comes back with some casualties of the road. Here is an image of one such casualty.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

5 at 5


The Channel Five special is apparently running at 5pm tomorrow!


Apparently there was too much going on in the world for five news to show the taxidermy feature yesterday! They say it will be on next week.. I will try and post the video when its out.


Word on the street is it will be at Five PM on Tuesday the 27th... will confirm in the next couple days...

INDIE Magazine

Looking for a new magazine to tickle your fancy?

Pick up this month's issue of INDIE Magazine to see some previously unpublished images of the Vermin Collection, and to read a little something something about RP/Encore!

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Coming Soon To Channel Five

Channel Five interviewed me the other day. Here's a behind the scene shot--- I'll post the video when it's aired.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Big Game Hunting/ Juxtapoz Magazine

Panasonic doing her bit for RP/Encore

A while ago I met up with the charming Simon Creasey to talk about my work, how I got started, and where I source my creatures. You can read it here at Juxtapoz. I'm really pleased with what he wrote, but I can't believe I forgot to mention Panasonic!!! With a little luck and some denta-bites, she might forgive me...

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Images From The Launch

All images: Anastasia Afonina

For those of you who weren't able to make it to the launch on the 17th, here are some images from the event!

I think the event went really well, and I have a whole slew of people to thank for that. Over the course of the night, friends kept on asking if my calm and collected exterior was covering up a more crazed and anxious interior, but the truth of the matter was, that the crew of people who volunteered to help in the build up to the launch, and during the launch were so amazing, I really wasn't stressed at all!

So here it is, a quick little thank you to some incredibly kind and generous people who really made the RP/Encore Vermin Collection Launch such a success:

Christopher and Thomas: From lifting 2ton plinths down three floors, to finding us an incredible showroom, and dragging 50 odd goody-bags down to fashion street--- re-connecting with these two has been one of the biggest gifts of the past month.

Alex Shaw: Alex has literally sustained physical injuries for the RP/Encore cause... for those of you who received the beautiful bound and sealed paper invitations to the event, Alex was my partner in both sealing and hand delivering these beauties all around London in the pouring rain!

Anastasia Afonina: Anastasia was a saving grace---she came through and helped with all of the last minute design execution and press pack organization. She also took all of the images shown above!

Amber Oxley: There is no way the exhibit would have come out half spectacular as it did without her help. She has a fantastic way with material (no surprise as she is such a fabulous fashion designer) and her help leading up to the show was absloutely invaluable.

Mr. Chips: Deserves his very own post (to follow). WWMCD?

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Big Thanks

Now that the launch/showroom for the Vermin Collection has finally finished off, I've had a bit of time to troll the Internet and do some ego googling...

I've been really lucky thus far with the live CNN interview, and an interview with the lovely Simon Creasey for Juxtapoz Magazine (Coming out next month I believe!!! My first interview in print! AK!).

But I have to say, some of the press that has possibly excited me most has been this article I found on

The moral and ethical "dilemmas" in using/producing taxidermy have been a constant point of interest with many, and a reason for blind uneducated rage amongst many others. It was so encouraging to read such an articulate and supportive article--- especially from an eco/ethical website such as Greenwala. Much thanks to Elizah Leigh --- that really made my day!


Here's a live interview I did with CNN last Friday---

Of course I wasn't able to say everything I meant to/wanted to say initially, but I think it went pretty well anyways.

Isn't it creepy seeing/hearing yourself speak?!?! (Or is that just me?)

Saturday, 19 September 2009


I couldn't believe this flattened little friend I found at the end of Fashion Street---

Look at it in comparrison to my foot!!! It was/is HUGE!!!

Panasonic Better step up her game...

Fashion Street Showroom

Until Tuesday the 22nd, the full Vermin Collection will be on view at:
33 Fashion Street
London E1 0PX

There are quite a few new pieces on show that aren't on the website---

Come on down and check it out!

I'll be there from 11am until 4:30 pm until Tuesday.

I am also available for viewings at other times.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Saturday 8am Homerton London

Thanks to Sofie and Hela.


For those of you coming to the private launch of the Vermin Collection, please be informed that the venue has changed from No. 1 Sclater Street to the downstairs lounge of Shoreditch's Beach Blanket Babylon.

Beach Blanket Babylon East
19-23 Bethnal Green Rd
E1 6LA

It's right across the street from our initial venue, and we'll have a sign out pointing to BBB in case you get confused!

Monday, 14 September 2009


Here's an image of a little present I gave to a good friend of mine.

A beautifully preserved rat's tongue! Pickled and preserved forever in this beautiful little glass jar, with the RP/ENCORE official seal on it's lid, I was sad to see it leave my work bench.

Rat tongues are beautiful (if slightly alarming and phallic looking) little things...

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Monday, 31 August 2009

Making Magic

Viktor was kind enough to send me some images from before the shoot, and I thought I would share them with you...

V is for VIKTOR

Photo: ©2009 Viktor Vauthier
Model: Alexandra Polk

Currently working like a crazy person, trying to get everything ready for the launch, so not much posting going on... but I couldn't contain my excitement when I was given the opportunity to collaborate on some images with the tallented and esteemed Viktor Vauthier!

This guy has been getting some well deserved press for a while now, so I was super lucky to be able to grab a few hours of his time on Saturday.

He only shoots in film, and doesn't photoshop, so his work has a beautiful grain and texture to it that simply doesn't happen with digital media. Working out of East End London just like moi, I hope to have many more collaborative projects with him in the future!

Check out his blog at:

The stun-er model used is Alexandra Polk--- doesn't she look amazing!?!

Monday, 24 August 2009

Dazed Digital

Check out Dazed and Confused online (Dazed Digital) for an interview by the lovely Flora Wong!
(see above left-hand side of Dazed Digital home page)

Thursday, 20 August 2009


SAVE THE DATE: Thursday the 17th of September

RP/ENCORE will be launching a private view of the Vermin Collection somewhere in the East End of London!

More information to follow shortly, but rest assured it will be a truly sparkling event - a must for anyone who wants to see something different during fashion week!

Friday, 24 July 2009


RP/ENCORE now has both an official website as well as a shiny new logo!

Check it out:

*The eversotalented Alastair T. Willey whipped it up for me as part of TheBunkerGallery*

-Thanks Al!

The "official e-mail":

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Hackney Wicked

Artist and Curator Isobel Shirley has selected some of my work to be shown as part of Hackney Wicked Art Festival. My work will be shown as part of The Guy Hilton Gallery's exhibit. If you're in the London area, stop by and check it out! Opens Friday the 31st of July.

Friday, 10 July 2009


For those of you who are interested in purchasing an item, please keep in mind the following:

- Each work is a unique and hand crafted item, which means that no two are going to be the same!
- Some elements rely on items that might be out of stock, if this is the case, I do have a waiting list which you are welcome to join, however we will need a 20% deposit.
- Because everything is "made to order" please feel free to specify if you want something specific or special added/changed to what you would like to order!
-I ship internationally.
- Keep in mind that though documented on a male model, these accessories are androgynous and can be worn on whoever, wherever...

Thanks! -Reid

Thursday, 2 July 2009


I am very happy to say that over the past couple weeks, I have had the distinct honor of being mentioned on the highly acclaimed
KINGDOM OF STYLE blog, the intriguing taxidermy website RAVISHING BEASTS, as well as on the up-and-coming style hot spot
I DON'T LIKE DETOURS website! Thank you so much for the interest ladies and queens! X

Sunday, 31 May 2009


All images by George Garnier, with makeup by Patrycja Grimm.

The Professional Touch

Photography: George Garnier


Last week I had the utmost privilege and honour to work with some truly talented people to photograph my work! With the ever-so-handsome Sean modeling the goods, the inventive Patrycja Grimm on makeup, and the photographic genius George Garnier snapping away, I think it's safe to say I was in good hands.

More Work

Small Rat Skin Ring

Assorted 24K Plated Gold Backed Pins

Pigeon Wing Pendant w/Sterling Silver Chain and Skull

Pigeon Wing & Leather Headband