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 cat, 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 cat 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.
I have such fond memories of my mother and grandmother reading to my brother and me. We would snuggle up on either side and listen to the same stories again and again. The illustrations were always so important, giving us ideas for future make-believe and our own masterpieces!
I was reminded of these moments by a recent baby shower request – the invitation encouraged family & friends to bring a book in lieu of a card. Since the shower was for my very first niece, I had to get a book about cats, right?? Of course. As I began looking for the perfect gift, it occurred to me that a blog post on cat-themed children books might be fun. I was right. I was transported back to a time when my favorite show was Reading Rainbow and I never doubted my artistic ability!
I hope you enjoy my finds. I’ve selected 15 children’s books that not only feature cats, but are gorgeously illustrated in collage, watercolor, pastels, among other beautiful mediums. There are several more on my Pinterest page! Tell me your favorite in the comments.
I love cracking open a fresh journal at the beginning of the new year. Oh, the possibilities of that blank page! Whether you’re sketching kitties, scrapbooking memories or recording brilliant ideas, these cat-themed journals and sketchbooks will inspire you all year.
Some are handmade and designed, while others have an original illustration or painting printed on a hardbound or soft cover book. I’ve also included some beautiful notebook covers for those who like using Midori or Moleskine journals. Check out even more options on my Pinterest board.
Hopefully the variety of styles, colors and materials will get your creative juices flowing! Here’s to a great year ahead.
I put together this list to expand your calendar horizons. Why choose generic cat calendars from the big box store when you can own 12 original prints by talented cat artists? There’s no debate in my mind. At the end of 2017, you can choose your favorites for framing! Best of all, you can directly support the artist, which is always my goal.
I’ve featured ten calendars here, but I have several more on my Pinterest board. I never have quite enough time in the day to share all the talent I find! Let me know your favorites in the comments. I love to hear from you.
Plus, I’m super psyched to announce my very first giveaway! You, dear reader, could win a gorgeous calendar from The Painted Cat. Scroll down to the bottom for easy instructions on how to enter. Good luck!