A walk on the WILD side

A trail of paw prints . . .

Don’t miss them ! ! ! On the floor, leading the public on, under the nose and near the toes: white, iridescent, kitty cat paw prints! And where do these meandering paw prints lead the unsuspected visitor? a display of wild and quirky adornments crafted from felted cat hair! Not from any old puss, these bangles of fur, but Gaia, a purebred Ragamuffin cat!

Each spring I open my studio to the public to view metal sculpture and now, fur and steel as well. I will be standing by, showing off my new tattoo: a trail of paw prints walking up my leg, and point out that other trail, incase it was missed.

Gaia at his wildest.

AND . . . FINALLY! coming next Saturday, April 7,  8 pm—me, Gaia, and cat hair jewelry— featured on Animal Planet’s MUST LOVE CATS.

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Anderson Cooper? Who’s That?! or, things are heating up again.

YES. Anderson Cooper’s National Daytime Talk Show!

Received email . . . from Adam at Etsy, URGENT, I’ve been contacted by a producer from Anderson Cooper’s national daytime program, ANDERSON. They asked me to help get in touch with you for a potential story. If you’re interested, please let me know, and contact her ASAP! 

Of course I was interested! But me, I don’t watch much TV or cable? forget about it! And, who is this person anyway, or this show ? I had no idea. After Googling away, OK, I now know more: this IS national TV!

One little, two little, three little cat hair ornaments, off to the Big Apple!

After emails and phone calls back and forth to New York, I found myself FEDXing priority overnight, of all things—set me back $77.00!—2 necklaces and 1 pair of earrings, to be shown on the show.

I normally don’t sweat, but somehow all this was making me a tad nervous and excited at the same time. I won’t physically be on the show—John Fulton of Must Love Cats will be featured—but, as a video clip, along with 3 examples of my cat hair jewelry. Filming is for this Tuesday, air date not set yet.

Caged orbs, cat hair earrings.

Silver Puffs, cat hair necklace.

Out of this world, Zoron, cat hair necklace.

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One little, Two little, Three little kitty cat orbs, hang’n in a row

Spinning cat hair orbs — pendant and earrings.

This creation started elsewhere, sustained fits and starts, was given up as a lost cause, then, after being put aside, an epiphany — that was so spontaneous and in the moment, and who knows where those thoughts come from anyway —  allowed a rebirth to occur. Yes, the creative process is a funny and magical thing!

And earrings, I had previously made, that go well with the pendant.

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Galactic Alignment

FIVE little kitty cat hair orbs in a row.

As Gaia goes into play mode at 3 am — but isn’t he still a kitten? I keep telling my husband, as he lies next to me, wondering when this kitten thing is going to stop, and stop soon, I hope, and yet Gaia doesn’t do this every night — my creative juices get going, out of desperation? or because I can’t sleep? am I in sync with Gaia’s energy? creating is also playing? isn’t it not? And so, this necklace evolved, out of that bleary, spacey, semiconsciousness, where I go, during those sleepless nights, when Gaia is in full play mode, and I, in my creative mode.

And here we have that midnight creation, consisting of 5 little cat hair puffs, fitting snuggly up to each other, that rotate on their own orbit, when manipulated gently, each exposing its own unique orbital face.

Count Down . . . 20 Days . . . then Gaia and Flora’s segment airs on Animal Planet’s Must Love Cats !

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Biscuits & PURRS

Or, that kneading thing cats do with their paws!

What IS he doing anyway?

We like to say he is making biscuits for our breakfast. Or, is he kneading dough, only to surprise us later with freshly baked raisin bread? What a clever boy! Hmm, only, we have never tasted the biscuits nor the bread. Oh well, I love watching him to his thing, purring sweetly too, and who knows, someday he may surprise us, in the middle of the night? with oven fresh croissants? That will be the day!

Count Down . . . 25 Days . . . then Gaia and Flora’s segment airs on Animal Planet’s Must Love Cats !

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Kitty LUV

YES, I love my cat, I LOVE my cats. This neck sculpture expresses love!

I could not sleep one night recently because of Gaia. He has this BAD BOY but endearing habit of wanting to play at 3 am, when I should be in REM sleep. This does not happen every night, but this particular night he was more riled up than usual, and there wasn’t even a full moon! Anyway, even after a little play, a bit of food, and excommunicating him from the bedroom, I could not go back to sleep.

What to do? Use the time to visualized cat hair jewelry! My creative juices got going, resulting in this piece as well as a few others.

A most interesting idea came to mind, at this darkest time of night: bend the neck wire in half. Bending, what I normally keep round, would allow the caged cat hair pendant to hang asymmetrically. When I got to the studio, all was going as I envisioned, until I got to the point of caging the cat hair between the two pieces of chicken wire. As I was matting and felting the cat hair, my fingers began to form the hair from a mass into a heart.

A heart of cat hair! Of course! a symbol of pure love from a cat-aholic!

Gaia LUV

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A Little Fur, A Little Steel . . . . . and then, New Earrings!

Here we have the quintessential name sake of this blog.

Thats my fur alright!

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First, we start with the cat’s FUR. Thank you Gaia!

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Titian. All steel

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Next is the steel. This is Titian, a sculpture I made by crunching miled steel with my hands and knees. It is hand sanded and has a yellow patina in a few places. Size is 25″ high x 20″ wide and 7″ deep.

Well, I didn’t use the miles steel. Instead I used galvanized steel mesh, otherwise referred to as chicken wire. Each cage is wired shut with stainless steel.

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Count Down . . . 26 Days . . . until my segment on Must Love Cats ! …………………… March 10 at 8 pm second seasons begins.

Caged orbs of fur.