el story-o to begin the year right
me gato in Meh-he-co, what a delight!
wearing a necklace proudly, he is
doing his best to get me more biz!
no sombrero, no nada, has traveled me way
but Gaia, me gato, you’ve sure made me day!
a little advertising won’t hurt
but will it dish out the pay dirt?
because, i’m one terrifying trend
that might portend or offend
and on cracked.com you’ll find the buzz
that cat hair stuff is anything but fuzz
yes, they can humor me all the same
but just you wait
cat hair jewelry will put them to shame!
VICE MAGAZINE UK this week:
I admit it—I have a weakness for cats. I am a cataholic and proud of it! Why else would I continue this obsession with my cat’s hair? Hair so soft and beautiful I just keep collecting it. At least I know what to do with it: make another piece of cat hair jewelry!
Fifteen cat hair jewelry sold as of today—my vice is someone else’s LOVE.
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Yes, it’s Norwegian for “Adorn Yourself” (with jewelry)!
Gaia and cat hair jewelry has a small feature in the latest issue of KAMILLE, a Norwegian Magazine! He is looking pretty adorable wearing the I LOVE GAIA neckpiece!
I am not learned in Norwegian but in San Francisco one can easily partner up with a foreign speaker for a translation.
At the top of the page Gaia is looking coy donned in his heart-shaped hair necklace. His bubble says: Even YOU can wear this jewelry! But, will Gaia let it go? I think he is happy wearing it! Thank you very much!
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BBC.UK.CO.COVENTRY/WARWICKSHIRE talk radio
Monday afternoon—message on answering machine:
Hi this is a message for Flora. My name is Andrea and I am calling from BBC Coventry/Warwickshire and am interested in talking to Flora on our show tomorrow about her cat hair jewelry. I am hoping to speak to you on our show at 20 past four, UK time or 20 past eight in the morning over there in San Francisco. Love to chat with you on the show! Cheers Flora, Bye!
Radio. Well, this month I was on national television (Animal Planet, Anderson Cooper), no, world wide television! and two times too! But, what can I say, I expected at least a couple of sales! No sales. I mean, come on now, we’re talking about cat hair jewelry! sounds a bit strange, come to think about it, doesn’t it? OK, OK, time to regroup. What to do? . . . Put one of the most profound teachings of the Wise Cat Sage into practice!, and that is: just this, just now. OHMMMMM….
Part of being here and now is knowing that any process—and that really means this process of living our life—is not linear: it is circular, it is organic, as well as unpredictable. I really do not know what is going to happen next, and that necessarily is not a bad thing! Stay the course, is what I can do. And what is that?: be true to my art, be true to my love. I can also watch for those road signs that will keep my course on track.
Another thing: the new and different is controversial, especially in the beginning. Think: Shock of the New. So, cat hair jewelry is off the radar for most people, for now, but not for long!
Saturday, April 7th, cat fur jewelry premiered on national television!
This event occurred last weekend—the day of my birthday!—as I celebrated in a Northern California home—at Sea Ranch, to be precise—a home perched on a bluff overlooking the expansive ocean, and, there was the prerequisite hot tub, at ground level too! affording spectacular views as we soaked: sunsets, crashing surf, and the occasional breaching whale, while sipping on Cointreau. Then, at 8 pm sharp, we sat and watched Must Love Cats, not knowing what to expect—but—this, no matter what, was the best birthday present I even had!
Here we Go: Fur jewelry on Animal Planet’s Must Love Cats! Take a peek! (Click on the blue link to view)
After watching it a godzillian times, I am embarrassed to say, I am pleased with the result!
Extreme Pet Owners: ‘Anderson’ Takes a Look at ‘Cat Jewelry’ ……………….. click on blue link above to view video.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
John Fulton, host of Animal Planet’s “Must Love Cats,” appeared on “Anderson” to talk about “cat jewelry” made of real cat hair — created by Flora Davis, a cat lover from San Francisco.
Anderson explained, “This is balls of hair with wire around it.”
Fulton added, “Yeah, this is all from one cat!”
Anderson turned to the audience and asked if anyone wanted to try on the cat jewelry. Would you wear cat jewelry?
The Vote is IN … Yes. It’s cat-tastic!–54% No. Me-ouch. –45%
And what does Gaia think about all this? His response? Hey! What’s all the fuss about?
No more count down! Tonight is the night! 8 pm, Animal Planet !
. . . Swimming Cats and Cat Fur Jewels . . .
Host and musician John Fulton, travels down the Pacific Coast Highway in search of crazy cat lovers. In Oregon he meets a woman who is on a crusade to teach kitties how to swim.
In San Francisco he visits a woman who designs jewelry out of her cat’s fur.
Thats ME! and Thats GAIA!
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.
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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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.
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