I pushed myself on this one. Not only am I not used to making bodies, Iusually concentrate on the heads and, let’s face it, I didn’t choose an easy position. But I love her! I think the way she descends her driftwood branch is very feline and (like any cat) she’ll own any room she’s in.
I early on decided I wanted to make this an entire cat sculpture and not just a 3D sphynx portrait but it was difficult to decide on her position. Just sitting felt boring. I love when there’s movement in a piece and I wanted this girl to have real impact. I think she does!
I made her from unbleached cotton, starting by hand stitching the facial features. It was great fun to create all the wrinkles.I cut all my pieces free hand and without any patterns. I don’t draw on the fabric, just visualise and cut. And It was so exciting cutting the body and each leg. I did one at a time, cut, stuffed and attached each before doing the next. Each leg made her look better and when I could balance her climbing down my sewing machine I was in love.
I hesitated before painting her as the white version looked clean and cool but I decided to go for it and gave her a nude base with some grey markings. I painted several layers and I always used watered down paint to get the right effect. I want you to see it’s paint, like a water colour painting.
She’s mounted on this gorgeous piece of driftwood and I added some 24 karat gold leaf to the crevices to match the bling she wears around her neck – a diamanté collar with a bling heart and a brass tag saying ‘Characters by Julia’.
Her tail is wired and can be adjusted slightly. The piece measures about 85cm from tip of tail to bottom of wood and 68cm from top of hind leg to bottom of wood. She can hang on the wall or lean against a corner.
If you have any questions just contact me. Please note all my pieces are collector’s items, no toys.
Thank you for looking! Jx