We discovered baby goat, curly sheep and obstinate donkey heads at a beautiful shop in Caimari several months ago, and were anxious to meet their maker. So we once again found ourselves on yet another gravel country road, winding our way around the campo of Mallorca to find the studio of Sabine Alpers, artisan behind Faux Fauna.
Tucked away on a farmland in an old stone finca, Sabine has set up a studio for construction of these adorable creatures. She calls them 'the vegetarian answer to hunting trophies,' which is a pretty funny application for these sweet animal heads.
Many of the materials come from the local countryside for Sabine's critter construction. She makes each piece by hand, starting with small felted rectangles which are carefully placed to make each eye, nose & mouth detail. Small poufs of alpaca are also sometimes used to provide the fur fluff. Sabine does all of this by hand and all in the spirit of slow design & craftsmanship, a theme that keeps emerging on this beautiful island of ours.