EXPLORED_ Animaux Spéciaux in Leuven

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During our weekend in Leuven, my friend Paulien and I stopped by Animaux Spéciaux.  This beautiful shop had only been open for two days and owner Jeroen Lemaitre was still getting used to his new surroundings, moving things around, asking my friend to hold a stuffed parrot so he could screw it into the wall and discussing possible future alterations to the shop with us.  At Animaux Speciaux you can get a peek into the fascinating world of taxidermy and see Jeroen’s work and work process up close.  While stuffed animals might be seen as creepy curiosa by some, Jeroen succeeds to take taxidermy to a higher level.  With the right frames, backgrounds and sometimes even a layer of gold paint, he turns animals that would otherwise have died an inglorious death into intriguing pieces of art.  That’s right, most of these animals are either roadkill or died from disease or age.

It’s not a craft that is easy to start with, and that is what makes Animaux Speciaux such a fascinating world of its own.  Intrigued with framed butterflies, Jeroen learned how to treat insects through youtube videos.  Thanks to enthusiastic reactions from friends and family, his newfound hobby soon turned into a passion and he was eager to learn how to stuff other animals as well.  After his job contract ended, Jeroen decided the time was right to follow his dreams and landed an internship in the Netherlands with an experienced taxidermist.

Fast forward to the present and it’s clear that Jeroen has found his calling.  Although he finds it hard sometimes to sell his creations, he doesn’t hesitate to share his craftsmanship with others: on Sundays he teaches how to stuff baby ostriches.  Curious yet?  Have a look at the pictures below to get pulled into the Animaux Speciaux atmosphere, or head to Leuven to experience his world (including jungle sounds) for yourself.

Animaux Speciaux, Mechelsestraat 73, 3000 Leuven - website - facebook - twitter - instagram

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8 Comments

  1. Jessi October 18, 2015

    Oh, my! Zo mooi! Ik moet deze week eens in de Mechelsestraat passeren, zo blijkt :) Thanks voor de tip Hannelore!

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    • Hannelore Veelaert December 6, 2015

      Da’s graag gedaan, hopelijk voldeed het daar aan je verwachtingen!

      Reply
  2. geert October 18, 2015

    idd topwinkel, vleermuis, vlinder en legertje kevers decoreren onze muur

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    • Hannelore Veelaert December 6, 2015

      Dat zal een mooie muur zijn ;)

      Reply
  3. Eva c October 19, 2015

    Ooit. als ik veel centjes heb… :)

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    • Hannelore Veelaert December 6, 2015

      Je moet er inderdaad wel eventjes voor sparen ;) maar hij heeft ook kleine items die best betaalbaar zijn, zoals sleutelhangers met schorpioenen en kevertjes.

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  4. Ineke / hush-e August 18, 2016

    Ik wil hier zoooo graag naartoe. Want it all! x

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    • Hannelore Veelaert October 9, 2016

      Snel een tripje naar Leuven plannen is de boodschap! Misschien in combinatie met een Roomin reportage ergens ;)

      Reply

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