Apr 23, 2014 at 6:58 AM ET

In Brooklyn’s industrial Gowanus neighborhood, the new Morbid Anatomy museum features a macabre collection of oddities that explores the intersection of art, medicine, beauty and death. Think of a Victorian-era curiosities cabinet on steroids. Morbid Anatomy hosts classes and lectures to entertain this quirky underground scene, including increasingly popular taxidermy workshops.

Taxidermy isn’t usually thought of as a social activity, but sewing circles are being replaced by skinning circles these days—with ethically sourced animals, of course. Taxidermist-in-residence Divya teaches us the how-tos of New York’s rogue taxidermy craze.