All specimens, bones and other remains are all ethically sourced. We use our own forest finds, animals deceased by natural death or animals victim to roadkill. Insects such as bees are found by us and Nothing is killed for making our work and we strictly don't deal with poachers, (trophy) hunters or game keepers. Remains from animals not living in the UK are sourced from reliable and sustainable sellers and entomologists which we got to know through the years.
We source all insects, butterflies and moths from reputable entomologists.
By creating a market for butterflies, farms and aviaries it helps sustain natural habitats that may otherwise be destroyed, contributing to the preventionof habitat indestruction and deforestation. Most butterflies and insects I use are hand reared and died of natural causes. No animal or insect is ever killed for my work or taken from the wild.
I rehydrate and pin the butterflies and insects myself.
Keep in mind that bones and other remains can often be slightly damaged. After cleaning bones, they can keep their natural patina and we sometimes show this in our work. Major flaws are always described in listings. Minor flaws are part of an animal once lived in the wild and are also mentioned.
Every now and then we work with human bones. These bones are late victorian and are over 100 years old.
Bones over 100 years old are legal to own, buy and sell in this country. If younger than 100 years, a license is needed. The bones we work with are over 100 years and from the late Victorian era. They are part from old medical science skeletons. We treat them with the utmost respect and try to make something unique out of the bones. Note that we never ever go out and dig up graves, so you know! (believe me, people do wonder and carefully ask!) We are always happy to answer any more questions. We will post human bone pieces and jewellery within the UK only.
Here in the UK, the Human Tissue Act (2004) states that it is an offence to engage in commercial dealings of material for the purposes of transplantation. This covers soft tissues and does not specifically refer to bones. However, the latest relevant update on the HTA website (https://www.hta.gov.uk/policies/sale-bodies-body-parts-and-tissue) reads...
"The HT Act is, however, silent on the sale of bodies, body parts or tissue for other purposes and such sales are therefore outside the remit of the HTA" with the exception that the sale of items of human tissue are not "visible to the public whilst on sale".
"A key principle on which the HT Act is based is that all bodies, body parts or tissue should be treated with respect and dignity. The HTA considers that the need to maintain dignity and respect is paramount in the handling of all human bodies and tissue."
Roughly translated... keeping human remains in a private collection is totally fine.