A unique collaboration between UK-based charcoal artist Violet Astor, conservation charity Tusk & Savernake Knives, inspired by the Grevy’s Zebra.
Violet Astor is an incredibly talented artist who creates large and detailed charcoal drawings combined with natural materials found in the environments of her subjects. Passionate about conservation, she travels to far-flung corners of the world to raise awareness and funds for endangered species, through collaborations with conservation charities.
Violet taught herself to draw while suffering and subsequently recovering from the effects of Lyme’s disease, as a therapeutic means of healing.
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We are very excited to be collaborating with Violet and African wildlife charity Tusk to raise awareness of and funds for the Grevy’s zebra, the largest and most endangered species of zebra. Using our signature Savernake Knife model as a canvas, Violet drew inspiration from the unique and iconic striped pattern of the Grevy’s zebra to design a laser engraving for both sides of the blade. Just as the print on the animal’s body fades as it approaches the belly, so does the engraving on this knife.
The Grevy’s zebra is found in southern Ethiopia and, primarily, northern Kenya. According to Tusk, it has “undergone one of the most substantial reductions of range of any African mammal”. Habitat loss forces them to compete with other species for scarce resources. In Ethiopia, they are also extensively hunted for their skins.
British charity Tusk has a long-standing partnership with Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya, where 11% of the world’s Grevy’s zebra population make their home. We will be donating 10% of each sale of Violet’s design to Tusk’s efforts in conserving the species.