VICE or LOVE?

VICE MAGAZINE UK this week:

“FASHION: I MAKE JEWELLERY OUT OF MY CAT’S FUR BALLS”

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.

Gaia modeling GAIA*LUV, the most recent necklace sold.

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My Star! Need I say more?

Such a glamor puss is he!

A gentle beast who loves to pose!

And here he is, modeling the newest item of cat hair jewelry.

This is a salvaged creation. They are rare. Through an act of destruction, then a recombination, a new form emerges. . .

Smykk deg! Gibberish? Not!

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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Spirally Cosmic Blast !

A new cat hair necklace.

What is this? A spontaneous combustion of neurological activity. Yes! The brain was on a roll in this creation, throughly in the present moment, no saved mental image to refer to.

After a couple of months cooped up at home, I finally am at the studio. In front of me is beautifully colored plated wire—rose, sea green and aqua—as well as a handful of cat hair orbs, begging to be part of something. And so it just happened, my hands, my mind, my joy, began the process of birthing this piece over two sittings.

The final result: An outrageous spirally cosmic blast!

 

In this image Gaia looks more impressive than anyone I’ve ever met in real life, he looks like he should be in charge of something important, like immigration or the military.

Hair we are again—Tubular Too!

An elegant necklace made from tubes and orbs of cat hair.

This past May, while I was laided up, recovering from a foot operation, a second design, based on Mr Tubular, a necklace I created previously, began percolating. It rolled around in my mind for days, actually weeks, before beginning the process of rolling then forming the hair into tubes. That was the easy part. Wire wrapping those elongated shapes, with brass, was a pain and I almost gave up! But I persevered instead.

Gaia is such a gracious model. Not only did he pose for me with the necklace around his neck, holding still for many shots until I got the right one, but allowed me use of his wide back for an overall view of this piece.

And the final necklace: just cat hair and brass wire.

Spirally Cosmic Cat Hair Haze

Another cat hair necklace.

This cat hair creation gradually emerged from the depths of my nighttime wanderings — that foggy, etheral place where my designs grow and evolve.

It began as this seed image: white orbs floating above wispy thin wires.

Over weeks it stewed then matured, until I was ready to draw it forth. And forth it came, into the hard reality of phyicality, abet modifications.

Welcome my delicate and asymmetrical cosmic spirals!

Materials: stainless steel, silver wire and cat hair, of course!

Move over Gaia? I think not!

A Maine Coon Commission

Gaia is still number one, but I will do commissions using cat hair from other kitties. And I got my very first one using the hair of a Maine Coon cat. The cat’s name is Tim and he is the love of his human companion. She, being off to her first year of college, was already missing her beloved cat.

What to do? Bring along a little of kitty as a memento mori in the form of cat hair jewelry!

Here we have the final result: one orb cat hair earrings, spiraled with stainless steel wire.

Earrings made with Tim’s cat hair

A Main Coon cat

Where did THAT come from ! ! !

Introducing a new creation: Oberon.

Out of the blue, minding my own business, as the saying goes, this creation popped into my visually thinking mind, and it begged to be concretized.

That’s how I create.

So here is Oberon, made from sheet metal, galvanized steel mesh, stainless steel and yes, cat hair. And special cat hair to boot! Luna’s! She was feeling a little left out, Gaia getting all the attention, so this one was made using only the softest Luna hair, the hair I brushed from her gorgeous white Elizabethan collar.

Then, to compliment her beautiful soft white hair, I choose sheet metal, for its strength and gray color. Also referred to as mild steel, it’s made from carbon and iron, but mostly iron. I love it!  Why?  Because it rusts. This is the part I like, it rusts, adding a patina, or character to the metal’s flat surface. I didn’t keep all the rust, I sanded away most, but its presence is still felt.

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?