An odd creation by a Kamloops taxidermy artist was briefly featured on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Madi Lowe dresses up and poses her taxidermy — primarily mice and rats — and sometimes puts them in scenes.
Her work featured on The Late Late Show was a nativity scene featuring the characters of hit CBC TV series Schitt’s Creek.
Corden and his guest, Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy, held up the photo on the show last Friday.
Lowe, whose name wasn’t mentioned during the segment, had no idea her work would be seen by such a wide audience. She awoke to messages from her friends the next day.
The display was created as part of a superfan contest held by CBC last year, Lowe told KTW. Although she didn’t win, she did receive a T-shirt for her efforts and Dan Levy commented on her Instagram post — which is how she thinks it ended up on The Late Late Show.
“That photo was just something I took at a market over Christmastime — that’s why it was part of a nativity scene,” she said.
Through her company Mad Mad World Taxidermy, Lowe sells her posed creations and markets her work as ethical — using only what is already dead that was not killed for her purposes.
That mostly means going through frozen snake food sold at local pet stores and picking out what she can work with, or getting a call from friends who encounter something dead she might be able to use.
“I have really awesome friends that call me whenever a bird flies into their window,” she said.
Lowe is currently travelling in Australia, but said she plans to return to her business soon.
Her coming work might involve some more mousy TV adaptations, including more elaborate costumes now that she has taken sewing classes and expanded her skillset.
Among her other pop culture creations are rats from Arrested Development and Harry Potter.
“I want to do Scrubs next. I think Zach Braff would see it. He shares a lot of fan art on Instagram,” she said.
For now, Lowe is continuing her travels and grateful to have support from back home.
“It’s nice to have my hometown so supportive of such a weird thing,” she said.