Embroidery art is making a comeback. But it’s definitely not the cross-stitch patterns from your old home economics class. On the contrary, this is a creative new take on an ancient handicraft. You’ll see new materials, free-form designs and an edgier spin on those “Home Sweet Home” platitudes of yesteryear.
Frida Kahlo was an influential Mexican painter, best known for her self-portraits. As a feminist icon and animal lover, it’s not surprising that many artists have chosen to depict Frida with cats, or as a cat herself. In one of her most famous works, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, she has a black cat on her shoulder.
Today’s post is dedicated to my sweet Siamese, Buster, who crossed the bridge about seven years ago. His story with me began as many cat stories do – a stray that wandered into my heart.
I’m so pleased to introduce the wonderful cat artist, Dora Hathazi Mendes. She was kind enough to share her story as part of my new “Cat as Artist’s Muse” series. I thought Kitty Curator readers would enjoy learning about the cat-artist bond, and how this relationship inspires their beautiful artwork.
I keep seeing adorable pins and brooches in my Instagram feed. Apparently, it’s not just me. According to The Creators Project, enamel pins are taking the internet by storm:
“Wearable, tradable, and exceptionally cheap to produce, custom enamel pins are bringing individual flair to hats, jackets and lapels around the world, and giving artists the chance to make their work into an affordable and collectable commodity.”
I love it! I decided to seek out my favorite enamel cat pins and then expand to other mediums like silver, wood, porcelain and others. Best of all – I’ll have a pin giveaway on Thursday! Stay tuned.