Hello cats and kittens!
Welcome to 18th edition of Kat-a-log! This issue will be a longer one as it is our second Holiday Special! Summer is slowly coming to an end (it is 22nd of August here already), but we still have several weeks before the kids are forced back to schools and the students are back at their Alma Maters. Being a cat has its advantages: you don’t have to sit at the desk for 8 hours a day, do your homework and nobody is yelling at you if you sleep all day and hang out with your friends at night. All three ladies behind the art project (Rita, Mal and Olympia) are pretty sure they are cats reincarnated and suffer cruelly when they are being woken up at 6 am.
In case you’d like to read all previous edition of Kat-a-log, please scroll down and click on the links below. All comments and cat fan mail is highly encouraged. Send your pictures, catnip and toys to: firstname.lastname@example.org and wait for a meow back. Cats do take messages and they are always getting back to you when it is most convenient for them.
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/
Kat-a-log Part 14: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-14/
Kat-a-log Part 15: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-15/
Kat-a-log Part 16: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-16/
Kat-a-log Part 17: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-17/
Kat-a-log Feline no. 67
Three sides of a cat: There is something in the water, In the middle and Raindrops (keep falling on my head)
Country of origin: Sweden, given as a gift in 2008
Let us start the holiday special with the unique cat raising a paw. This figurine is made from hardened wood and probably has been carved from one solid piece. It has been painted in certain places (eyes, face, paws and tails) and is solidly polished. The top layer of the sculpture has been covered by varnish, giving the cat a nice, shining finish. As you know, the cats do not like water, but this summer has been scorching hot (especially in Malta!) and even the most water shy creatures need a cool down. We have thrown the figurine into the city fountain in Katowice on the hottest June afternoon and then took few pictures. This Scandinavian beauty has been part of Kat-a-log project since 2008. It has been purchased by Malicia’s friend while she was organizing an art exhibition in Sweden and then given as a gift to Olympia. Arts, crafts and cats go very well together as we have proved it many times on our blog. If they didn’t, there would be no art project for us to write about at all.
Kat-a-log Feline no. 68
Three sides of a cat: Is this seat taken?, Great view from the top of a palm tree and On the beach
Country of origin: UK, given as a present in 2012
After spending too much time in the water, everybody needs a bit of rest. There is nothing more pleasurable than lying on the sandy beach and sunbathing. Cats are masters of finding sunny spots and they do not really need beaches to rest after hard work of eating and chasing a toy mouse. People living with a cat under one roof will agree, that cat is going to lie and sleep on anything if it’s cosy and warm enough. Laptops, Internet routers, Playstations, heating blankets – you name it. If your favorite sofa or a chair is standing near the window on a sunny day, forget about sitting there – we guarantee that your cat got there first and he is not going to like having his slumber interrupted. Better leave the sleeping cat lie and find yourself some other place. Our next kitten has been photographed while resting on an artificial beach created in Katowice especially for the beach volleyball tournament. It is not a figurine, rather a mascot or a plushie. It has been sown from two separate pieces of fabric and is stuffed with dried seeds. We are not sure what types of seeds are inside the mascot but the cat is very soft and light. The creature was purchased in Universal Concern charity store in Hereford by Rita’s friend named Fran and then given to her as a goodbye gift when she was leaving the office in May 2012.
Universal Concern is fighting poverty and injustice in the developing countries. They are helping kids and adults to learn new skills and find employment. If you’d like to support them and change the world for the better (even just a little bit), please click on the link and see if they have any more cats like this for purchase. Thank you in advance!
Kat-a-log Feline no. 69
Three sides of a cat: Three colors (red, blue and yellow), All aboard! and I’m sailing
Country of origin: Malta, bought in 2012
Resting is good, but if your entire holidays consists only of lying on the beach and sunbathing, then it can be quite boring. Cats like variety so a bit of physical activity won’t kill you – especially if you are near a lake. Matt and Rita went for a swim in Chechlo Lake during their recent visit to Poland and they decided that taking few cats with them would be a splendid idea. This lovely, highly decorated kitten has been nick-named “Bell” and has been purchased by Malicia in Valletta during the Malta Fair Trade Fest in 2012. The photoshoot took place on a paddle boat in the middle of the lake and nearly ended with Rita falling overboard with her camera in hand. It was loads of fun! Don’t Worry kids, Rita is a good swimmer and would easily reach the shore on her own.
Malta FairTrade Fest unfortunately has no website at present.
Kat-a-log Feline no. 70
Three sides of a cat: Let’s have a drink, Life guard and Someday my ship will sail
Country of origin: Malta, bought in 2006
Kat-a-log feline number 70 is one of the funniest creatures in Olympia’s collection. Rita and Olympia bought this lovely, hand painted blue cat in Birkirkara, during their first trip to Malta in September 2006. The cat is very small, it is only 4,5 cm tall (or just a one inch and a half). Olympia spotted this kitten on a local artisan stand at Birkirkara’s biggest street market and before it was purchased, Rita and Olympia had a heated discussion if another cat is needed as a souvenir from the trip (they had already purchased two other cats by that time). In the end, it was decided that this figurine was just too cute to be ignored and 5 LM (Maltese Lira) have been spent quickly. Ah those memories, before Malta joined the Monetary Union and everything became really expensive 😛 Everybody is now glad that the cat is part of the art project and it is being referred to as “The Sleeping Beauty”.
Kat-a-log Feline no. 71
Three sides of a cat: Sunbathing, Driftwood, Resting at the shore
Country of origin: Poland, bought in 2001
One of the oldest cats in the collection! This strangely looking cat is made from wood and is painted in classic combination of black and white. His long whiskers are made out of synthetic material, they are very soft but springy! Malicia estimates that she got this lovely kitten in an art store in Katowice somewhere between 2001 and 2002. She went there to buy Rita her first professional watercolor set (aka aquarelle paints) by Karmański – a very prestigious Polish brand. The watercolors set was priced at 100 PLN (Polish zloty) and at that time, it was considered a huge amount of money! As Malicia was shopping for a Christmas present, the cat was given to her as a thank you gift for spending lots of money at the store. The cat figurine was made by the students of an art college in Bielsko-Biala that has a long history of collaboration with the Matejko art shop.
You can visit the official website for Karmanski brand here: http://www.kremerpolska.com/karmanski/index.html
Matejko art store website is: http://www.sklepmatejko.pl/
And the Art College website can be seen here: http://www.bielskiplastyk.pl/d/aktualnosci (sorry, in Polish only!)
Kat-a-log Feline no. 72
Three sides of a cat: Safe and sound, Sweet dreams (are made of this) and Leave me alone!
Country of origin: Poland, bought as a gift in 2013
After the exhausting exercises, long walks, swimming, sunbathing and climbing up the trees, every cat needs a nap. The longer the better!
The last feline in the Holiday Special joined the merry gang of Kat-a-log cats just recently, in July 2013. It was made by a local artist in Bytom and Rita decided to buy it for Olympia to thank her for her hospitality. This figurine is quite heavy, we would say it weights about 2-3 kg! The cat is painted in bright yellow and decorated with black feather shaped Oriental ornaments, fake gems and tiny mirror mosaic tiles. The seller in art gallery described the cat as “Bollywood kitten” and we have to admit it does look a an item taken from a Bollywood movie!
If you put him in the sunshine, the yellow paints shines really brightly giving the cat a supernatural golden look!
Kat-a-log Feline no. 72 and a half
Three sides of a cat: Wanna play?, Near the water and Made of sand
Country of origin: Poland, Chechlo, July 2013
Project like Kat-a-log requires not only a lot of free time and silly ideas, but most of all, a great sense of humor. Running around with a heavy camera, taking pictures of cat figurines in strange places, people staring at you in amazement and wondering what the heck are you doing – that’s what we call a normal day at work! So, just to prove that we are indeed as crazy as our readers think – we have photographic proof of a cat we made while resting at the lake. We decided to name this cat “Irina”, dunno why, it just sounded good to us.
Irina has been made using mud, sand, sticks and stones.
We hope you enjoyed the long version of Kat-a-log.Please come back very soon, as we have several normal and specials edition already prepared.
Have funa and don’t forget to rest – you still have two full weeks to do that!
Meow and out xxxx
Rita, Malicia and Olympia Dabrowicz