Palaeo is creating Wildlife Jewelry & Studio Art
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Who are you?

My name is Jaime Thompson and I am an experienced taxidermist, exhibits fabricator, naturalist, wildlife biologist, and artist. I didn't take the road less traveled so much as I fell onto it, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I have an undergraduate degree in wildlife biology with a minor in visual art from Clemson University, apprenticed under retired director of exhibits Warren Kimsey from the Schiele Museum, and have continued to grow as an artist through independent study. I am well practiced with digital paint, a variety of traditional media, sculpture, urethane foam, polyester resin, silicone, models, airbrush, animal hide tanning, specimen prep, wet specimen prep, bone cleaning, bone articulation, custom taxidermy mannequins, and low melt temperature metals.

I came to Patreon to create original natural history works in multiple disciplines. This may be new pewter jewelry designs, building curios, illustrating specimens, reproducing cave art, education-purposed taxidermy, wildlife paintings and drawings, field sketches, models, or sculptures.

Why Patreon?

I worked for several years at a museum studio and knew I had found my number one calling. However with the economy crash of 2008 budgets for education, wildlife, land management, and many more have been slashed. Few have recovered outside large cities. Exhibits has always been a "feast or famine" career but lately there's far more famine as museums, nature centers, schools, and related entities struggle to keep paying the few employees they already have. However humanity still needs education and I still need to eat, so I'm turning to Patreon. With your support I will be able to continue bridging the education gap between people and nature.

How are you going to do that?
I have two overall approaches: presenting the science of nature and opening eyes to its value. The science approach includes all of my models, taxidermy, science illustrations, natural history records, field notes, volunteer hours, exhibits, and outreach curriculum. I open the door to the value of nature through artwork, castings, and jewelry. Art is often the honey that makes people stop and look who otherwise wouldn't; the best response I can get to my artwork is "That's beautiful. What is it?" That simple curiosity is where natural science education is planted and begins to grow. Art has other benefits as well such as letting people express their own values in nature, helping it be part of someone's everyday life, and taking a little piece of the natural world where ever they go.


Tiers
Token
$1 or more per month

No amount is too small; even the largest beaches are still made of tiny sand grains. $1  can add up right quick! I am grateful for your support.

Patron-only access to:

  • Life Updates
  • Photos of workshop activities
  • Progress photos of upcoming projects
  • Sketches of jewelry designs, exhibit ideas, and artwork.
Workshop Patron
$10 or more per month

$10 can make or break random small expenses; it also helps pay the hours I need to develop new designs and ideas. 

This tier gives Patron-only access to:  

  • Life Updates
  • Photos of workshop activities
  • Progress photos of upcoming projects
  • Sketches of jewelry designs, exhibit ideas, and artwork.
  • Opportunity to vote on new species designs
  • Give input on choosing projects to tackle.
Workshop Assistant
$35 or more per month only 12 left

$35 covers my aimed hourly wage; you'll get my undying thanks as well as a real life good every other month. Every moment I can devote to R&D is priceless.


This tier is limited to 12 patrons.

 This tier gives Patron-only access to:  

  • Life Updates
  • Photos of workshop activities
  • Progress photos of upcoming projects
  • Sketches of jewelry designs, exhibit ideas, and artwork.
  • Opportunity to vote on new species designs
  • Give input on choosing projects to tackle
  • Early access jewelry sales
  • Early access commission slots
Goals
$0 of $25 per month
At $25 I no longer have to worry about the minimum upkeep cost of my website and business account; even if I get zero sales in a given month I know debt won't accrue from it. It may be a small sum but the relief is priceless.
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Who are you?

My name is Jaime Thompson and I am an experienced taxidermist, exhibits fabricator, naturalist, wildlife biologist, and artist. I didn't take the road less traveled so much as I fell onto it, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I have an undergraduate degree in wildlife biology with a minor in visual art from Clemson University, apprenticed under retired director of exhibits Warren Kimsey from the Schiele Museum, and have continued to grow as an artist through independent study. I am well practiced with digital paint, a variety of traditional media, sculpture, urethane foam, polyester resin, silicone, models, airbrush, animal hide tanning, specimen prep, wet specimen prep, bone cleaning, bone articulation, custom taxidermy mannequins, and low melt temperature metals.

I came to Patreon to create original natural history works in multiple disciplines. This may be new pewter jewelry designs, building curios, illustrating specimens, reproducing cave art, education-purposed taxidermy, wildlife paintings and drawings, field sketches, models, or sculptures.

Why Patreon?

I worked for several years at a museum studio and knew I had found my number one calling. However with the economy crash of 2008 budgets for education, wildlife, land management, and many more have been slashed. Few have recovered outside large cities. Exhibits has always been a "feast or famine" career but lately there's far more famine as museums, nature centers, schools, and related entities struggle to keep paying the few employees they already have. However humanity still needs education and I still need to eat, so I'm turning to Patreon. With your support I will be able to continue bridging the education gap between people and nature.

How are you going to do that?
I have two overall approaches: presenting the science of nature and opening eyes to its value. The science approach includes all of my models, taxidermy, science illustrations, natural history records, field notes, volunteer hours, exhibits, and outreach curriculum. I open the door to the value of nature through artwork, castings, and jewelry. Art is often the honey that makes people stop and look who otherwise wouldn't; the best response I can get to my artwork is "That's beautiful. What is it?" That simple curiosity is where natural science education is planted and begins to grow. Art has other benefits as well such as letting people express their own values in nature, helping it be part of someone's everyday life, and taking a little piece of the natural world where ever they go.


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Tiers
Token
$1 or more per month

No amount is too small; even the largest beaches are still made of tiny sand grains. $1  can add up right quick! I am grateful for your support.

Patron-only access to:

  • Life Updates
  • Photos of workshop activities
  • Progress photos of upcoming projects
  • Sketches of jewelry designs, exhibit ideas, and artwork.
Workshop Patron
$10 or more per month

$10 can make or break random small expenses; it also helps pay the hours I need to develop new designs and ideas. 

This tier gives Patron-only access to:  

  • Life Updates
  • Photos of workshop activities
  • Progress photos of upcoming projects
  • Sketches of jewelry designs, exhibit ideas, and artwork.
  • Opportunity to vote on new species designs
  • Give input on choosing projects to tackle.
Workshop Assistant
$35 or more per month only 12 left

$35 covers my aimed hourly wage; you'll get my undying thanks as well as a real life good every other month. Every moment I can devote to R&D is priceless.


This tier is limited to 12 patrons.

 This tier gives Patron-only access to:  

  • Life Updates
  • Photos of workshop activities
  • Progress photos of upcoming projects
  • Sketches of jewelry designs, exhibit ideas, and artwork.
  • Opportunity to vote on new species designs
  • Give input on choosing projects to tackle
  • Early access jewelry sales
  • Early access commission slots