About the Bone Collector

Hi everyone, my name is Katy! I’m an illustrator, a crafter, a photographer, and a lover of nature. I’m 26 years old, and I graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2013, majoring in Illustration and minoring in English. I live with my boyfriend, Jesse, in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, and while he may not fully understand why I like to keep smelly buckets full of animal parts in our garage, he does think my collection looks cool on display, and he’s pretty much always willing to lend a hand if I need help pouring water or lifting buckets. When he’s not doing heavy lifting for me, we’re usually watching tv, enjoying one of his delicious home-cooked meals, or playing board games.

I began cleaning and collecting bones back in 2015, but my interest in bones has been lifelong. A handful of my friends have been collecting bones for years, and when I found out that the bone cleaning process is actually pretty simple, I decided to give it a shot… and I’ve been hooked on this macabre hobby ever since! Initially, I’d just wanted to collect some skulls to use as reference material for my artwork, but I found myself having so much fun finding and cleaning bones that the pastime quickly became more than just collecting “reference materials.” Nowadays, I’m always looking to expand my collection (even if my shelf space keeps shrinking).

I wanted to start this blog when I realized that my bone cleaning hobby was getting too big for my main blog, which mostly focuses on my illustration and photography work (you can check it out by clicking here). I’m hoping that, by showing readers that you can clean and collect bones even if you don’t have a backyard, I’ll inspire even more bone lovers to pick up their buckets and rubber gloves and start collections of their own!

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