Aagje Hoekstra (1990) was born in Surhuisterveen, the Netherlands. She studied BA product design at the University of Arts and graduated in June 2013. She graduated with the project Coleoptera, a bioplastic made of dead beetles.

Aagje was inspired by biomimicry and the rapid advance insects make in human consumption. For that reason, she started cultivate mealworms, to see what positive valuas insects have more. The mealworms transforme into beetles, who die after laying its eggs. She decided to research these beetles and found out that the beetle's shield contains a polymer. Of this polymer she made the 'insectplastic' Coleoptera.

With Coleoptera, Aagje wants to demonstrate the various uses we may get out of insects. In het geval er een zeer belangrijke factor kunt u aanspraak maken over gokken holen, het zou eindigen als dit: onder de dikke opraken van dingen te bereiken Er is geen tekort aan games om te leren. That's why the structure of the beetle is still in the plastic, so you know where it has come from. Secondly, Aagje exhibits some lesser-known properties of natural polymers and waste materials.


2009 - 2013, BA Product Design, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, Utrecht, NL

2002 - 2008, High School Degree, Drachtster Lyceum, Drachten, NL


SEP 2014, New Material Award, NL

AUG 2014, Foederer Talentenfonds 'Foederer Talent Award 2014', NL

JUL 2014, ASN BANK Wereldprijs 2014 'Voor de Wereld van Morgen', NL


APR 2015, 'Salone del Mobile / Designweek', Milan, IT

APR 2015, 'Edible Materials Lab', Texas, US

JAN 2015, 'TEDx', Delft, NL

NOV 2014 - JAN 2015, Nominees Exhibition 'New Material Award' Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NL

NOV 2014, GLOW, Schellensfabriek Eindhoven, NL

NOV 2014, Museumnacht, ARCAM Architecture Centre Amsterdam, NL

OCT 2014, ' Circulair Economy' Dutch Design Week Eindhoven, NL

OCT 2014, 'Agri Meets Design' Dutch Design Week Eindhoven, NL

JUN 2014, De Daktuin, Utrecht, NL

FEB 2014, Surface Design Show by 'Global Color Research', London, UK

JAN - MAR 2014, SCIN Gallery, London, UK

NOV 2013, Bright Day, Amsterdam, NL

OCT 2013 - 17 JAN 2014, ING House, Amsterdam, NL

OCT 2013, Dutch Design Week, Klokgebouw Eindhoven, NL

JUN 2013, Graduation Exhibition, HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht, NL


JAN 2015, 'BioTalk', Mediamatic Amsterdam NL

JAN 2015, 'TEDxYouth', Delft NL

NOV 2014, 'De Mus', Torpedo Theater Amsterdam NL


APR 2015, Experimenta, SP

APR 2015, Vrij Nederland, NL

APR 2015, De Telegraaf, NL

OCT 2014, Vrij Nederland, NL

OCT 2014, Dagblad van het Noorden, NL

OCT 2014, Leeuwarder Courant, NL

SEP 2014, Trouw, NL

SEP 2014, OneWorld, NL

FEB 2014, FUTU Magazine, PL

FEB 2014, Financieel Dagblad Persoonlijk (Financial Journal), NL

JAN 2014, Materia, NL

JAN 2014, Quest magazine #119, NL

NOV 2013, DailyMail (MailOnline), UK

NOV 2013, Dezeen, UK

NOV 2013, VPRO, NL

OCT 2013, Trendhunter, CAN

OCT 2013, Dezeen, UK

Coleoptera | A bioplastic made of dead beetles