Yes, this month’s column is all about 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 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. Lots more at http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/yayaya806waterway/
Felt kitties by sachie2355. The scottish fold kitten just kills me.
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! Miru has a blog at http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/beby5533, do check it out for more cats, and some equally wonderful dogs and rabbits.
I would like to credit blogger Kilikulu x Erica for the discovery of most of these artists. Her blog, http://blog.yahoo.com/kilikulu, seems to be the source of a number of the images pinned to Pinterest, but sadly it looks like it’s scheduled for shut down by Yahoo (the link may no longer work after December 26th). Hopefully she will continue to blog elsewhere.
As always, thank you for reading. I wish you all a warm and wooly holiday season and I look forward to another wonderful year of Felter Skelter in 2014!
PS – you can find some of my own kitties at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco, in the upcoming exhibition Feral Creatures.
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.