Sources & Materials
I use a huge range of animal and insect materials in my work for Stoned Affection, and they all come from different sources! Ethical is subjective and means different things to different people, so I shall do my best to describe the ins and outs here.
First off and most importantly, all materials used are legally acquired and responsibly sourced. I have a huge range of contacts and friends that I get my animal parts & insect supplies from, as well as sometimes being lucky enough to source things myself.
Animal materials come from several different places and countries. I mostly source bones in the UK & Germany, mummified specimens from Indonesia and Java.
Sources can include: natural death, natural finds, roadkill, pest control, butchers, collectors, gamekeepers, by-products of the food industry, non-protected farmed species and wild meat breeders.
Most items I purchase already prepared but sometimes I clean and preserve from raw.
Insect materials come from all over the world! I source from other breeders, butterfly sanctuaries and sometimes I'm lucky enough to find specimens outside! I buy from collectors who have euthanised insects in the past, purchase specimens at entomology shows, and take apart damaged displays. I also work with sustainable butterfly & insect farms directly and through distributors, most of which are located in tropical countries. These provide conservation, education & work for the people there, and strong breeding & releasing programmes for the invertebrates, whilst euthanising a small percentage to sell to people like me as materials to raise funds for the projects.
Nothing is ever taken from the wild and I do not use protected or endangered species. I relax, pin and set all the specimens you see in the shop.
Everything I raise is solely for the purpose of enjoying them as living creatures. I love to document each stage of their lives & use this to educate and inform people. I do not euthanise any of my own creatures. If they are in good condition when they die, I will frame them or use them in other things (like domes) - if they are i bad condition I will use the wings.
Please visit my dedicated photoblog My Moth Diary to see every wonderful insect i've ever raised. (Last update Feb 2020, more coming soon!)
If you wish to know the details of a specific item, I will be happy to tell you! Please do not hesitate to contact me here.