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 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. I have a huge range of contacts and friends that I get my supplies from, as well as sourcing things myself. I do not kill or harm anything that contributes to items sold on Stoned Affection.
Animal materials come from several different places mostly in the UK, Germany; natural death, natural finds, roadkill, pest control, butchers, collectors, gamekeepers, by-products of the food industry, 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! Most are captive bred and have lived full lifespans. I work with breeders, conservation, butterfly sanctuaries & houses. I also work with sustainable butterfly & insect farms, some of which are located in third world countries. These provide conservation and education for the people working there, and strong breeding programmes for the invertebrates. I relax, pin and set all the specimens you see in the shop and I hand paint and paper the frames.
I raise wonderful creatures myself til they die a natural death after a life of breeding, feeding and being cared for. Please visit my photo blog My Moth Diary to see all my little beauties and learn about them!
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.
Lots of love,