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A Whole Other Cat

By Jodee
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This is a needle felted portrait bust of my cat Señor Stevie Nicks. He is part Maine Coon cat, so I have to shave him every summer so he doesn't overheat. It's a LOT of fur, and I always remark that we could make a whole other cat out of the fur we remove, so that is exactly what I did for this contest. 


This sculpture has a base sculpt made of sheep's wool, shaped with repeated puncturing with specialized barbed needles and it is topped with genuine cat fur, meticulously placed, section by section to create his unique fur pattern. His ears are wet felted using sheep's wool and mohair, which is a soft silky goat's wool.


I sculpted his nose from fimo clay, mounted it on a metal loop before curing it, painted it and it is sewn onto the base sculpture. He has glass eyes provided by Megan's Beaded Designs on Etsy which are similarly sewn in and felted around to create a realistic look. As a finishing touch, his whiskers are made from repurposed violin bow hair (aka horse hair) salvaged by my orchestra director friend, Shari.


He is mounted, specimen style, on an oval of upholstered red corduroy, edged with a cream colored braid, on a pine plaque. And of course, is finished with an adorable black bowtie with white polka dots, because every cat looks more debonaire when wearing a tie.

The entire piece took 22 hours to complete.
This journal entry details the steps to create the piece, with progress photos. www.deviantart.com/jodee/journ…
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stuffedbellylover's avatar
Great conception and art, Madame!

All the best,

Chris
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oboudiart's avatar
you welcome :) (Smile) 
Ejderha-Arts's avatar
Congratulations on winning 2nd place!
I love the quirky idea of using cat hair and creating this dapper feline portrait! catluvr2 going to a wedding 
Jodee's avatar
[Cat Emote] Love Thanks! Now if I could just get Stevie to actually wear a bow without constantly trying to eat it, that would be even cuter! 
Ejderha-Arts's avatar
You’re welcome! [Cat Emote] Closed Eye Smile 
Stevie clearly has a strong opinion about certain types of fashion, or he’s just hungry...
Jodee's avatar
He's a giant fashion snob. Little Cat  free avatar 
BlueYoukai's avatar
I love the idea as much as the result. xD
deviant1recs1's avatar
Nice is that cordaroi meterial?
Jodee's avatar
Yes, it's corduroy. I took the sculpt to the fabric store to see which looked best and corduroy won.
deviant1recs1's avatar
Cool i love corduroy😃
BlueYoukai's avatar
That's not a question for me, but at least you have one more chance to read the description. The answer is right there. ;3
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sHavYpus's avatar
haha, awesome! :clap:
Jodee's avatar
Thank you, glad you like it!
PktPictures's avatar
You made it to the Semi's, congratulations!! Here the for the world to see...you put the karma out there and it worked. Good luck!
Jodee's avatar
He was meant to be seen and adored. 
The real cat feels that way, too.
LindArtz's avatar
Marveous! Bravo!! :clap:!!!
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Ogrefairy's avatar
I really nice this so much!
Jodee's avatar
Thank you! I'm so glad it is done and here for the world to see.
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