Kitty Cat Felt
Yes, this month’s column is all about needle felted cats. My latest body of work is inspired by the beautiful and strange sphynx breed, so I’ve spent the last few months thinking of little else, but it seems I may not be the only one with visions of kitty cats dancing through my head. This month, I am pleased to bring you some truly wonderful cat sculptures that I have recently discovered.
I frequently poke around on Pinterest for inspiration for this column on kitty cat felt and one day as I was looking through needle felting boards for something new, I came across a picture of a cat. At first I thought it had to be a mistake, meant for another board, because it was a photo of a real cat. Or was it? That was the click that sent me down the rabbit hole of Yahoo blogs and obscure auction sites, where the artists have handles like merino117, ***yayaya***, and sachie2355. I can’t tell you much about the creators, but the artwork is fantastic. These cats are undeniably needle-felted, but they look so real they almost fooled me!
Above, some felt cats by ***yayaya***. Both long and shorthair breeds, in a variety of realistic poses.
Felt kitties by sachie2355. The scottish fold kitten just kills me. More kitty cat felt !
These two are by merino117. The grey cat’s pose is wonderful, as if he was startled by a sudden noise.
Two felt cats by Miru. I love the way the markings have been executed on these tabbies!
I would like to credit blogger Kilikulu x Erica for the discovery of most of these artists.
Zoë Williams creates needle felt sculptures based on spirits, sacred creatures, and dreams. Her work is concerned with the intersection of the (inner) realm of the collective unconscious and the (outer) kingdom of nature. She lives and works in New York City.
Dani Ives of Be Good Natured creates beautiful felt portraits of animals, people and other natural subjects. Her technical skill is remarkable and her artworks are packed with detail and character.
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