hair there, don’t despair !

hair, here, there—everywhere,

on the couch, chair and stair,

lots of hair, so much to spare—

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kitties, kitties with short hair,

none on couch, stair or stair,

it’s not fair but don’t despair—

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mounds of hair, this cat can share,

must roll it up then ship with care,

5 balls of love for cats with none—

hey new york kitties—go have some fun!

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pom-pom cat

mr gaia is my luscious muse

i create while he dost snooze

a new creation i shalt unveil

with pom-poms of a grander scale

this choker it is not old news

i know for me it does enthuse!

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whorled steel and orbs of hair so fine

a statement piece—this new design

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cracked.up

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!

cracked.com: HAIRBALLS—not just choking hazards for cats anymore!

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loved the old and now the new

an earring went AWOL

in yonder urban sprawl

it was a cherished treasure

that gave the wearer pleasure

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this bauble? no ordinary thing

t’was cat hair that made it zing!

so another set was made

to replaced the one that strayed

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OctoPUSSY – a micro sculptural neck piece

      A small piece of sheet metal. 

Add to that, some cat hair.                        

                  Then, lots of time to spare.

Ten hours, to be exact, while I waited for the art admirers, the looky-loos, the students, and, maybe the buyer, during spring open studios this March. There was lots of dead time between that occassional visitor. Enough space I figured, to allow the creative juices to get juciy. So there I was, at my work space, feeling creative and, why not, I had nothing to lose. In front of me was a small piece of sheet metal. I closed my eyes then opened them to the metal. I took hold of the metal. I allowed the metal to speak to me. “Make me into a neck piece,” it communicated. With metal shears in hand I made two cuts, one here, one there. It now had a left and right side, or the ends I would need to attach neck wire to.

A few visitors came and went, a beneficial distraction to the creative process, it has the  affect of refreshening the mind. Now, where was I. Again, I take the metal in both hands. “Go ahead, cut me some more.” OK I will. I had to obey. Creating is another world, or mindset, one where the logical mind is told to get lost, go away, come back some other day, because right now I am here to play, and you can’t stay. My hands took the shears again, cutting the metal in two more places. Next I intutitively bent and shaped the cut metal, giving it’s shape volume. Then I saw it, Octopussy! That was how day one ended.

The next day, I placed myself in front of Octopussy. She had an exoskeleton, or form for sure, but I needed to incorporate cat hair as well. The arms that extended outward seemed to call to MEow. While I rolled the hair in my palms, disks of flattened hair passed through my mind. And that is what I ended up doing, making disks of different sizes, wrapped with steel wire, which hung from the arms.

Oh, how I would like to be,

                         . . . in an octopuses garden in the shade. 

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SALES? no, but TALK Radio!

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….

Wise Cat Sage meditating on meaning of  NOW

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!

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The Cat, The Jewels, and His Audience…UPDATE!

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?

Must Love Cats . . . TONIGHT !

No more count down! Tonight is the night! 8 pm, Animal Planet !

8 pm Saturday night episode 5 of Must Love Cats

. . . 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!

Gaia modeling duplicate necklace made with John Fulton.

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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L e O R B — The Metamorphosis Of Cat Hair

Or . . .  how the fluff of kitty cat hair got to be an earring.

Just cannot fit into that bed, but who cares!

We start with kitty cat. Here he is in all his glorious fluffiness, trying to stuff himself in a bed too small.

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The fluff

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A hand full of that soft fluff.

One orb.

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The fluff is felted by hand into a small ball of hair. . . . Or Le Orb.

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After wire wrappings with brass—the final creation. See below.

Count Down . . . 43 Days . . . until Must Love Cats on April 7th !

Finished!