Big Cat Series by Ruth Marshall Brings Attention to Endangered Species

The Big Cat Series looks as though it were made up of authentic animal pelts. Hauntingly realistic, the textiles are actually knitted to represent the skins of tigers, leopards and jaguars. Although they can easily be construed as hipster home decor, the pieces were created to bring awareness to the dangers endangered species face on a daily basis from poachers and collectors

Created by Australian artist Ruth Marshall, the Big Cat Series was inspired after working at the Bronx Zoo and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Deeply moved, the series is meant to provide a sustainable and humane alternative to real pelts. Stretched over wooden frames, these artworks are arguably better than the actual animal skins themselves.