Monthly Archives: June 2013

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Back to Work: New Apps & Outfits

My undiagnosed ADHD has been acting up again— I can’t seem to focus on a single project for more than ten minutes to save my life 🙂  In spite of this,  I had to get to work this week on a few “Paddington Cat” costumes for the Notso Kitty Shop since a few orders had come in last week. How did I manage to focus myself long enough to sew two costumes you ask? Well…. I didn’t stay focused particularly well this time around…. but I did manage to find a few new creative adventures in the process of procrastinating the creative tasks on hand.

Jun232012_0001Above : Me pretending to be hard at work sewing costumes….. but really just taking selfies 🙂

Whenever I’ve been slightly lost in my creative process lately, I’ve gotten into the habit of picking up my ipad and finding other creative projects at my fingertips to try to get me past my “creative blocks”. Several apps have been great for this process– in particular; Paper, Sketches, and Instagram.

The Paper and Sketches apps offer similar features that let you turn your ipad into an electronic sketchbook. I recently bought a paint brush by the manufacturer “Sensu” that works wonderfully with my touchscreen— it’s not unlike painting on paper. The Paper app is better for advanced features that allow you to detail your artwork while Sketches is better if you want to use one of their “pattern fill” effects to add emphasis to parts of your work. Below are samples of drawings I have done with both apps:

Kanye Kitty West

 

Above: my tribute to the latest Kanye album as rendered in the Paper app

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Above: A digital Father’s Day card using sketches

The other app that I mentioned above that I have discovered lately (two years after I should have) is Instagram. I just love the ability to quickly upload and edit quick pics that could later serve as inspiration for other creative projects. I can’t believe it took me so long to discover its merits! Here is a peak at my feed—- if interested, you can follow “notsofluffy” on the app to see my latest pics :). Mostly I’ve been posting flower/cat pictures….. some new subject matter will be explored soon!

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New: The Carmen Miranda Inspired Cat Hat

Ever since I first had the idea to start making cat hats (almost two years ago now!) I wanted to pay tribute to the stage hats worn by Carmen Miranda. I always loved the way an impossible amount of fruit stayed balanced upon her noggin throughout her acts as seen in the following photo:

Credit: lowrievans.wordpress.com

What has taken me so long to create the kitty cat version of Carmen Miranda’s famous fruit hat you ask? Well, it was mostly logistical difficulties that kept me from completing the task. First I was under the belief that I would have to buy fruit pieces that were pre-manufactured. This caused some difficulties since I couldn’t find any ready-made fruit that was the correct size for a cat hat. A few weeks ago it hit me though: I would make my own fruit! I started out by carving shapes out of styrofoam and soon I had enough pieces to fill a small basket…. Only one problem: no small basket!

For the second part of my logistical challenge, I decided to weave my own basket since I couldn’t find one that was properly sized for a cat hat. Basket weaving using craft foam actually came pretty easily to me—- after a few days of drying time for the glue, I had myself the perfect cat hat base to fill with fruit.

And here is how the final product turned out:

Carmen Miranda Cat Hat Carmen Miranda Cat HatI think Carmen Miranda herself would be impressed by how good Notso and Fluffy look. Watch for this new hat in the Notso Kitty Shop— it will be appearing shortly!

 

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