Welcome again to the newest edition of the Kat-a-log! It’s been more than two weeks since we have posted last, but we were extremely busy with work and Christmas shopping. We are almost sure you will forgive us once we introduce you to the kittens that joined us recently! As usual, if you’d like to read more about Olympia Dabrowicz’s art project or see your favourites photographs again, please scroll down to the links section below.
We would also like to use this space to answer several questions we have received regarding Kat-a-log. All figurines you see here have been purchased by Rita, Mal or Olympia or by our friends, relatives and co-workers who acted on our behalf. We haven’t received them from makers, artists or toy stores. If we add links next to the pictures, it’s because we want to inform our readers where the cat came from or who made it. It is not an advert, just a valid piece of information. Some of the figurines were bought many years ago and given to us as a present; some were acquired just few days ago. They are not for sale!
All pictures were/are taken by Rita and Mal but were designed and chosen by Olympia. We edit them, think about them, brainstorm, argue (or even fight sometimes!) before each photo session – in short, preparing a new issue is a whole (bloody) process. Nobody does anything for us. It is a hard job but we are very proud of everything we do. We dedicate about 10 hours on average to write and post new blog. Please treat this as an original work from start to finish. At the same time, we are humbled by your comments and visits. Each opinion is highly valued so please don’t hesitate to write to us! Thanks in advance!
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The family is getting bigger and bigger. Say hello to three new members!
Kat-a-log Feline no. 25
Four sides of a cat: Looking in, Happy birthday kitten, Hanging at the telephone and Silver in the sun
Country of origin: USA, made in 1992, bought around 1998 and given as a present in December 2012
This black and white cat has been sculpted in 1992 by a company or an artist named CBC. It was bought some 15 years ago by Rita’s boss and then spent long time living at the bottom of the drawer. Since learning of the Kat-a-log project, Angela decided to donate him in hopes he would be re-homed. Rita took several pictures for this issue around her office: the kitty posed with her birthday card and tried to meow to the customers on the phone. We are absolutely delighted with him! After a bit of research online, we found out this vintage figurine is pretty expensive – you can buy one on Amazon and Ebay for 15-40 pounds!
Kat-a-log Feline no. 26
Four sides of a cat: Kitchen fun, The tea is being served, Part of the tea set and Kitty box
Country of origin: Australia, December 2012
A gift from a land Down Under, this white kitty has been brought to the UK by Rob (internationally known bowls player!!), one of Rita’s co-workers. It has been manufactured by Arton Giftware, a company specializing in home decorations, gifts and jewellery holders. The cat is really a ring holder/trinket box and is linked to the Aboriginal story of the Dreamland and the Creators. The curved lines on his body are known as the songlines – the path of the animal creators from old Australian lore.
Thanks for the present Rob! You are a true star!
The cat has been placed in an elegant box with company’s name on top:
Kat-a-log Feline no. 27
Three sides of a cat: Wrapped around the finger, Cats like technology (cause it’s warm) and Sunshine pillow
Country of origin: made in Tailand, bought in Worsester, Decembet 2012
While visiting the traditional Victorian Christmas fair in Worcester, Rita came across a very unique stand offering sculptures carved from horns of the water buffalos. The hand made sculptures made by Thai villagers and were sold by volunteer organization – The Thai Interiors, as part of the Fair Trade movement. Rita chose a small cat that was carved by 22 year old artist named Bee. Emma, the lady at the stand, allowed us to take few pictures of the other sculptures. A full review from the market will be published very soon.
You can visit the official website for the organization here: http://thai-interiors.com/
Kat-a-log Christmas bonus no.1
Gift: catnip toys
Olympia is not only the proud owner of a huge collection of cat figurines. She is also a faithful servant to two spoilt rotten cats named Salem and Michael (aka the Silly Half-Persian). Because the cats are important family members, they need Christmas presents as well. Rita and Mal bought catnip toys: a cat cigar for the gentleman and a gorgeous mouse for the lady.
You can visit the Cosmic Cat website if you don’t know what to buy your pet:
We hope you have enjoyed the 7th edition of Kat-alog. The Christmas is coming soon, so happy holidays everybody!
Have a great time and hug your kittens and other animals as well.
Be merry everybody,xxxx
Best wishes from Rita, Malicia and Olympia Dabrowicz