Kelly Rene Jelinek of Little Stag Studio is known for creating cruelty-free taxidermy out of upcycled materials. While animal-inspired decor is nothing new, this artist provides a more eco-friendly option for those who would prefer not to have a real creature mounted on their wall.
Jelinek's work consists of mounted heads and full-bodied animal sculptures made entirely out of recycled upholstery. Jelinek mainly relies of old cloth from flea markets and pieces of vintage coats to make the life-like animals. By expertly combining these materials, Jelinek is able to give each sculpture a fresh and contemporary look. As Jelinek explains, "the twist of taking something traditional and perhaps nostalgic—taxidermy and upholstery—and combining them together is what makes them interesting and appealing."
Jelinek cruelty-free taxidermy is indicative of a larger shift towards products that are eco-friendly and less harmful to the environment.