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 and responsibly sourced. I have a huge range of contacts and friends that I get my supplies from, as well as sourcing things myself.
Animal materials come from several different places mostly in the UK, Germany, Indonesia etc; 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 a mixture of different places. Everything I raise is solely for the purpose of documenting/breeding and if they're in good condition when they die I will frame/use in other things - if not I will use the wings. I source from other breeders, butterfly sanctuaries and sometimes I'm lucky enough to find specimens outside! I buy from collectors who have dispatched insects in the past, entomology shows, and take apart damaged displays. I also work with sustainable butterfly & insect farms, most of which are located in tropical countries. These provide conservation and education for the people working there, and strong breeding programmes for the invertebrates, whilst dispatching a small percentage to sell to people like me 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 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.