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Bug Under Glass, discover the bugs life

My name is Kevin and I run Bug Under Glass. I create conventional and unconventional natural history displays using ecologically friendly insects. My business is a San Francisco Green Certified Business, which has a foundation on conservation, education and art.

What inspired you to go into the craft business, do you still have a day job? My craft was inspired by my work at the California Academy of Sciences and graduate degree is in conservation biology. While pinning bugs for the Academy, I thought it would be cool to make some of my own and give them as gifts. Then, while in school, I learned about butterfly farming, which is a conservation tool that provides impoverished populations with an income and incentive to preserve rainforest.

I am inspired by the miniature world and when I see a dollhouse miniature that would look nice paired with a real beetle — my creative juices get flowing. I love placing insects in human-like situations, which gives them personality and lets people see them in a different perspective.

What’s the best thing about what you do? And the worst? I love seeing people’s positive reactions to an animal that they previously despised. The worst thing is the long hours — it is a lot of work making the displays and keeping up with demand.
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