By Amy Glendinning
See the creations from the weekend's SELL OUT anthropomorphic mouse and rat taxidermy workshops in the Northern Quarter
Admit it – the sight of a mouse wearing tiny spectacles holding a tiny newspaper really tickles you.
Why? We don’t know. But anthropomorphic taxidermy classes are all the rage in the Northern Quarter.
Participants in the classes at workshop MadLab learn how to dissect and stuff a mouse or rat - then furnish it with tiny accessories.
MadLab, home to computer, craft and gaming groups, used to run two or three taxidermy classes a year.
Now, around 16 workshops are planned and each weekend is a sell-out.
With up to 60 people taking part at the weekend, we went along to get some photos of what people created.
Taxidermy artist Margo Magpie, who runs the courses, said: “We’re doing double the number of courses this year than last.
“A lot of people think it’s an enjoyable thing to do.
“I think the anthropomorphic angle to it is the big draw for many people – we have lots of dollhouse props for people to use like tables and chairs, tiny pint glasses and hats.”
Rachael Turner from MadLab said:"The taxidermy courses are wildly popular and were mostly sold out by mid January.
“We’re getting an additional tutor so that we can make a few more places available in March to deal with the demand.”