Do you work on commission?
Yes, we've already worked on commision base for, for example, de Efteling, Sligro Food Group and ZLTO Nederland. In these projects, we always try to add something that shows wondering and love for nature and sustainable thinking. Together with the client, we try to achieve a result that amazes and shows new possibilities for the future. If you are wondering what Atelier Boelhouwer can do for you or your company please do not hesitate to send an email.

Do you give lectures and/or workshops?
Yes, we do both give lectures and workshops.
In the past, we've done lectures about eating insects (entomophagy), insects in culture (etno-entomology) and done pitches about sustainability in food production.
In workshops, we try to let you broaden your perspective and learn new things about insects and/or eating insects. At the moment we offer two different kinds of workshops:
1. By working with dead specimen we try to teach about the insect world, their anatomy and possibilities. You will learn to mount insects and will see their wondrous world from a whole other perspective.
2. An insect cooking workshop which introduces you to the new possibilities of cooking with insects.
Both workshops can be given from 10 to100 years old, in Dutch or in English. If you'd have specific wishes or question please send an email to atelierboelhouwer@gmail.com.

Are the designs which utilise real insects ethically justified?
Yes, we only use insects from sustainable and animal-friendly sources. In the studio, we often work with live insects, which we breed ourselves or buy from insect breeding farms who breed for animal and human consumption. 
In case of use of native insect species for artworks, we use so-called 'roadkills'. Which means insects are found when they've already died in nature. These roadkills often show some signs of damage.
In case of use of tropical insect species for artworks we only use insects from special breeding farms. The butterflies are bred in a protected environment and the farms create an eco- friendly butterfly habitat. The local people will have the opportunity to make money in the breeding companies, rather than heading out to catch butterflies in the wild. In this way, the farms stimulate the local economy. The breeding companies are not only positive for the butterfly population but also help to protect the rainforests, plants, flowers and trees. They are not exposed to natural enemies and can safely reproduce. Most tropical butterflies have a lifespan of about 1 to 2 weeks. After they die, they are dried and sold. 

Do you do catering with Insectology sweets? 
Yes, we can cater to small venues. The confections will be made at most one day in advance to secure freshness and flavour. Please send an email to atelierboelhouwer@gmail.com for more information.

Where can I buy Insectology sweets? 
Unfortunately, Insectology Sweets aren't sold in any shops yet, this is because we are still doing research to conserving the confections for a longer time and regulations around selling insects for humane consumption. In this research, we're always looking for knowledge and collaborations. 
Please do not hesitate to send an email to atelierboelhouwer@gmail.com to share ideas or ask any question.

 

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