InsectArt

Fine Art and Jewelry Made with REAL Insects!

Kansas, United States · 22685 Sales

InsectArt

Fine Art and Jewelry Made with REAL Insects!

Kansas, United States 22685 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(6532)

Announcement   Shipping rates just went up (Jan. 17), so for the first time in ten years, I have had to raise my shipping costs. I apologize for the necessity of this; I have tried to keep them as low as possible, and in some cases I know I will still lose a little, but I don't want high shipping costs to deter too many buyers. Thank you for understanding. If Etsy greatly overcharges you for shipping, I will send you a refund.
All butterflies from now on will ship via Priority Mail. All other unmounted insects will ship First Class Mail with upgrades available.

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Welcome to my shop and the home of Insect Art! I go above and beyond the typical insect display to make you a piece of art that is sure to be a conversation-starter. I also provide the tools and resources to help you create your own works of art, whether you're a beginner or advanced hobbiest.

My insects come from insect farms which help to provide a sustainable and eco-friendly living for people in developing countries. By purchasing from me, you are supporting people who make their living by working with nature, not against it. Thank you. For more information on insect farming please visit my blog: http://www.insectartonline.com/2009/10/where-do-my-bugs-come-from-part-one.html


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Follow me on Twitter! My name is insectartonline

Expanded Website/Blog: If you can't get enough Insect Art here, please visit my website, www.insectartonline.com. There, you'll get more photos and other info. that can't be squeezed into this etsy site. Thanks for looking!

Announcement
Last updated on Apr 9, 2016

Shipping rates just went up (Jan. 17), so for the first time in ten years, I have had to raise my shipping costs. I apologize for the necessity of this; I have tried to keep them as low as possible, and in some cases I know I will still lose a little, but I don't want high shipping costs to deter too many buyers. Thank you for understanding. If Etsy greatly overcharges you for shipping, I will send you a refund.
All butterflies from now on will ship via Priority Mail. All other unmounted insects will ship First Class Mail with upgrades available.

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Welcome to my shop and the home of Insect Art! I go above and beyond the typical insect display to make you a piece of art that is sure to be a conversation-starter. I also provide the tools and resources to help you create your own works of art, whether you're a beginner or advanced hobbiest.

My insects come from insect farms which help to provide a sustainable and eco-friendly living for people in developing countries. By purchasing from me, you are supporting people who make their living by working with nature, not against it. Thank you. For more information on insect farming please visit my blog: http://www.insectartonline.com/2009/10/where-do-my-bugs-come-from-part-one.html


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Facebook with Insect Art! Become a Fan of Insect Art on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/InsectArt

Follow me on Twitter! My name is insectartonline

Expanded Website/Blog: If you can't get enough Insect Art here, please visit my website, www.insectartonline.com. There, you'll get more photos and other info. that can't be squeezed into this etsy site. Thanks for looking!

Katie VanBlaricum

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Katie VanBlaricum

Small Millipedes from Indonesia
US$4.00
Trilobite Beetles Dulticola sp. Real
US$7.00
WYSIWYG: 4 Large Ground Beetles
US$10.00
Real OPODIPHTHERA VENUTA silk moth A2 quality
US$4.00
Real Turquoise Weevil Beetle, Eupholus cuvieri
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5 out of 5 stars
(6532)
Lotte

Lotte on Jul 29, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful and in perfect condition Thank you!

Danny

Danny on Jul 28, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Katie is my go to for insects. She packs them well, has great communication, and is always willing to help. This is my 1 of many orders from her.

Danny

Danny on Jul 28, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Katie is my go to for insects. She packs them well, has great communication, and is always willing to help. This is my 1 of many orders from her.

Danny

Danny on Jul 28, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Katie is my go to for insects. She packs them well, has great communication, and is always willing to help. This is my 1 of many orders from her.

Danny

Danny on Jul 28, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Katie is my go to for insects. She packs them well, has great communication, and is always willing to help. This is my 1 of many orders from her.

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Updates

Using these tiny beetles to make a custom headpiece for a bride.

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Earring factory tonight again. Lots of people want these for Halloween!

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Repackaging giant Goliath beetles for sale. They're finally available again!

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About

Art Bug: Story about Insect Art from the local newspaper

Some people see beetles as slime on the bottom of their shoes.

Katie Jennings (now VanBlaricum) sees them as art.

For the past five years, the Lawrence artist has been trying to create a buzz by mounting exotic bugs of all sorts in shadow boxes, with art paper for background.

"I wanted to do something cool that nobody else was doing," Jennings says.

It's starting to take off. Jennings has a show at Art Realm, 4821 W. Sixth St., that runs through the end of the month. And she's a regular exhibitor at 6 Gallery, 716 1/2 Mass.

"I've never seen anything like what she does," says Sally Piller, 6 Gallery owner. "I've never seen anybody put (insects) into any kind of format that turns them into art. That is what makes Katie's pieces so unique."

Jennings, 29, grew up collecting bugs and often put caterpillars in an insect box to watch them turn into butterflies.

At Free State High School (and in college), she was a potter. But it didn't occur to her until college, when she took a Kansas University class on the biology of spiders, that she could turn critters into art.

She started selling her artwork earlier this year at galleries, art fairs and at her Web site, www.insectartonline.com.

Jennings orders her insects through several worldwide distributors. Most of her works are made with beetles and butterflies, though she uses an occasional cicada or moth.

Most of the insects come from Asia. A few are from Africa. She says all are sustainably caught or farmed.

When they arrive in the mail, Jennings rehydrates them using damp paper towels and an anti-fungal agent. Then she pins them to Styrofoam to get them into the desired position for her art.

"The antennas come off all the time," she says. "I just do a little surgery with Super Glue."

Eventually, she selects the color of art paper she wants to use for a background and mounts the insects to that paper using glue. All of that ends up in a shadow box.

"I'm kind of on a kick of complementary colors, like a blue butterfly with a bright orange background," Jennings says. "It's bright, but it looks good. I have a bunch of art paper, and it's sort of trial and error."

Sometimes she gets especially creative with her works. For instance, she painted spiders gold and gave them gold strands to swing from against a black background. Her most recent piece for 6 Gallery used honeybees to make a honeycomb pattern.

For another work, Jennings painted and affixed jewels to a brown beetle, and had other brown beetles following it in a row.

"If you look closely," she says, "in my personal opinion, the 'ugly,' plain beetles are more beautiful in their own right. The moral is you don't have to be rich and flashy to be beautiful."

Jennings admits some people are automatically turned off by bugs.

"The best compliment people pay to me when they walk out of my tent (at an art fair) is, 'I don't like bugs, but I think yours are pretty,'" she says.

Jennings, who graduated from KU in 2005 with a degree in anthropology, hopes her art can help educate people about the animals she loves. She calls her home "pretty much a zoo," with fish, cats, frogs, a tarantula and a gecko.

She lists Steve Irwin, the late "crocodile hunter," as one of her inspirations.

"He would teach people all animals are beautiful, even the ones that are not fuzzy or cute," Jennings says. "He helped the world love crocodiles and snakes and those kinds of things. It's an important mission, to help people be environmentally minded, to conserve things that people don't necessarily think about."

Original Story with Pictures and Video: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/nov/12/art_bug/

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  • Katie VanBlaricum

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I'm a 33 year old stay-at-home-mom to a 4 year old girl. I also have many pets, plants, and a room FULL of dead bugs! I went to college at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. I was born in Lawrence and grew up there. I live in Topeka now.

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Last updated on Mar 16, 2016
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Care instructions cards are included with your order if applicable.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All jewelry comes gift wrapped. I can always include a card to the recipient with your message for free; just contact me with your message.

Wholesale availability

Please contact me regarding this. I do offer wholesale discounts for orders of unmounted insects over $100.