Gin Stone is an artist and ardent environmentalist living and working on Cape Cod. She uses hand-dyed, reclaimed fishing gear in both her Humane Taxidermy sculptures as well as the sculptural wall pieces.
About the process of using retired local Longline Fishing Gear in the work:
“After months of experimentation with the different types of line and their properties, I learned my favorite to work with was Longline, which is quite abundant when collected directly from the fisherman after it becomes too worn for them to use. The local longline only comes in basic natural rope tones (except for the gangions, which is the thinner line through which the hook and bait are attached to the main line), so I decided to begin dying the line.
By the looped end where the hook once was, the color fluctuates and becomes a burnt orange. This is a natural discoloration created by rusting. I un-knot each hook so the gangion loop is undisturbed. After I wash and dye the line, much of the rust mottling remains. I use fabric dyes to process the color, and some of the line I leave half in the vats of dye to create color fluctuations, while I wrap some in balls before dying, to keep certain spots devoid of color and others extra saturated.
After the line is dry, and sorted, I choose which taxidermy form I will be using and begin to map out the fur pattern. The pieces which have a cutaway at the neckline are mapped to be highly anatomically correct. For this I use MRI images from veterinary manuals as a guide. The line is then cut to length and adhered with high temperature glue.” -Gin Stone