white valentine

Blue heart. Red heart. Purple heart.

My heart is WHITE and soft as snow

And he’s my love for all to know

But trapped in steel will he still glow?

Oh heart! I can not let you go.

GaiaHeart

I have a love affair with felines. This relationship, which some might call an obsession, has always been a part of me. Even when I was a baby, my little hand grabbed out, reaching for that passing feline. Why is it we love what we love anyway? I think this thing for cats is just part of my DNA!

Most cat lovers wear their cat’s hair inadvertently on their clothing. I prefer to wear mine in the form of jewelry. In honor of my love for him I made this necklace. His beautiful soft white hair is felted in the shape of a heart, then trapped between 2 pieces of wire mesh. A caged heart. We do this with those we love at times, holding tightly, not wanting them to leave.

For those who love their cats as much as I do: a made-to-order necklace, on etsy, the purrfect way to wear the hair from your precious cat. An ode to cat lovers:

Black heart. Grey heart. Orange heart.

Your heart’s COLOR may be as dark as coal

But he’s still your love for all to know

And trapped in steel I’ll have him glow

A lovely heart! And with you he will go.

CatLUV

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a memento mori

He was loved and his name was Sammy.

He did not have 12 lives lived, just only this one.

A bad heart was his fate.

He was 14 when his life was taken.

This memento mori is a small love token,

A physical reminder of the love he gave.

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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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