Meow to the world
After the long winter and quite a slow start, May is here already and we can honestly say, that spring finally arrived. It doesn’t matter where you are, in Malta, in the UK or in Poland, cats are acting exactly the same everywhere. They lay in sunny places, sleep outside without a care in the world, fight for the territory and sing loud songs under your windows at 3 am. It is so good to see them around the neighbourhood – an ultimate proof the weather has improved!
Now since the days are longer and warmer, we can take the cat figurines outside to photograph them for your enjoyment. Rita is soon flying home and she will be tasked with organizing several photo sessions for the cats that Olympia has already at home. It sounds like a lot of work and fun at the same time. Please scroll down to see the previous entries of the project. Just click on each link and they will open for you in a new window. Let us know if you’d like to add something – a name, information about the figurine makers or any other interesting facts about the kitties. We will be grateful for any tips!
Kat-a-log Part 1: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-1/
Kat-a-log Part 2: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-2/
Kat-a-log Part 3: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-3/
Kat-a-log Part 4: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-4/
Kat-a-log Part 5: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-5/
Kat-a-log Part 6: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-6/
Kat-a-log Part 7: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-7/
Kat-a-log Part 8: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-8/
Kat-a-log Part 9: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-9/
Kat-a-log Part 10: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-10/
Kat-a-log Part 11: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-11/
Kat-a-log Part 12: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-12/
Kat-a-log Part 13: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-13/
The 14th edition of Kat-a-log is the filled with warm, spring-like pictures. For the first time ever as well, we are featuring something else than just figurines: cloth puppets, designer pillows, wooden sculptures – we have it all right here and right now! Please take a look at the newest items joining the celebrated Olympia’s collection.
Kat-a-log Feline no. 51
Two sides of the cats: Comfortably seated, Muses on the sofa and Social meeting
Country of origin: Malta, bought as a gift in 2013
Kat-a-log number 51 can only be described as three in one. Instead of a cat figure, we have three cat pillows! Kat-a-log is not only about collecting cat shaped objects, it is a true way of life. Those lovely travelling pillows have been made by talented duo, Anna and Hilda. We have met them in Valetta at Malta Artisan Spring Fair on 6th of April. You can read the description about their stand at the art market below:
Hilda and Anna are extremely skilled with needles and threads and they can make you anything you want. The cat pillows have been delivered to Poland and are decorating the sofa in the living room. We have also heard reports that Salem and Michael, Olympia’s two real kittens, like to sleep (and drool) on them. That’s what we call a domestic bliss 🙂
Kat-a-log Feline no. 52
Three sides of a cat: A view with a cat, Light bringer and Lady in a garden
Official name: Emma
Country of origin: Malta, the village of Haz-Zabbar
Another, very unusual addition to the cat project. Dear audience, please welcome Emma – our first cat puppet joining our refined collection! Malicia bought this incredibly cute lady on Patches market in Valetta just last weekend and soon you can expect a detailed report on our blog. The cat mascot or cloth toy (as it is professionally called) has been designed and hand made by Maltase artist Juniper Francalanza. Juniper was a very kind to us while shopping. We were almost 10 euro short and we thought we won’t be able to acquire the cat (others were sold straight away!). Juniper didn’t mind and she allowed us to pay the missing amount at the later stage. According to Juniper, Emma is a cat “who enjoys time in the garden and plum tarts. She often takes small trips to see her cousin in the big city, see the museums and maybe even catch a play”.
You can follow Juniper and her company, The Caper Collection, on Facebook:
Kat-a-log Feline no. 53
Three sides of a cat: The feeling of freedom, Hidden danger and On a hunt
Country of origin: Zimbabwe, given as a gift in Hereford in April 2013
This issue of Kat-a-log is filled with curious items and rare findings. Our next cat is a tribal wooden sculpture made in Zimbabwe and brought to the UK by the Fair trade movement. As you know by now, Rita and Mal, are big supporters of Fair trade. We think that any artist should be fairly paid for his or her work and the money should help the community to grow and get stronger. Without recognition, education and fair exchange of goods, the developing countries will never have the chance to prosper. On April 22nd, we have published a review of the Herefordian Fair Trade Spring market organized by Love Zimbabwe charity. Martha Holman and her friends introduced us to art, culture and tradition of Zimbabwe and allowed us to find a truly extraordinary pieces of craftsmanship. We have chosen a wooden sculpture of cheetah stalking its prey. The photo session took place in Hereford Cathedral gardens where we found a tree big enough to pretend a Zimbabwean savannah!
Please take a look at the review here: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/love-zimbabwe-spring-event-in-hereford/
Kat-a-log Feline no. 54
Three sides of a cat: Splendid isolation, Between the Sky and the Earth and Lounging on a lazy afternoon
Country of origin: US, Philadelphia, bought and given as a gift in May 21013
We had introduced readers of this blog to two beautiful felines that our mom received from Azores (Portuguese islands in Atlantic Ocean). They have been sent by our friend Annika who relocated there after her wedding. If you want to see them again scroll down to Kat-a-log 12 edition or follow the link:
Now it’s time to update you a bit about Annika`s whereabouts. Our friend has been offered a job in the US and is currently residing in Philadelphia. She had just sent us a surprise package and a long letter to match. In the box she included this beautiful cat figurine she bought at the campus of Philadelphia University in the East Falls. This is oak wood and silver plated, hand carved figurine designed by an artist named Natasha. Natasha runs a small business in the neighbourhood of the campus selling crafts ranging from sculptures and pottery to jewellery and even rugs. Unfortunately Annika didn’t take any particulars of the creator and our search online was futile. This must be our mom’s first cat figurine from the US and we can tell you she is very excited.
If you want to see the posh neighbourhood where our kitty heroine hails from, here’s a link from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Falls,_Philadelphia,_Pennsylvania
We hope that you have enjoyed yet another edition of the cat-friendly project. Olympia loves every strange bit and end that has a pair of cat ears and a long tail! soon we will show you her kitchen – you will not believe how many cats you can have there!
Have a lovely May weekend.
Olympia, Rita and Mal