Hello cats lovers!
The New Year is definitely the year of the cat! Second post in January and another update to the ever-growing Olympia’s project known as the Kat-a-log. This issue is strictly dedicated to felines that were given to our mom as a present: one was re-homed, second arrived from London and the two last ones joined the big cat family thanks to the English custom known as the Secret Santa. Please remember that giving a real kitten as a present is a bad idea, but a cat figurine can be a perfect gift!
If you have missed any of the previous issues, you can access them easily by just clicking on the links below:
Kat-a-log Part 1:
Kat-a-log Part 2:
Kat-a-log Part 3:
Kat-a-log Part 4:
Kat-a-log Part 5:
Kat-a-log Part 6:
Kat-a-log Part 7:
Kat-a-log Part 8:
The new additions this time are as follows:
Kat-a-log Feline no. 31
Three sides of a cat: Dreaming of Spring, Looking back at the world, Playground pretty
Country of origin: Thailand, received as gift in December 2012
This is the most mysterious cat in Olympia’s collection. We know it was hand made in Thailand (the figurine still has the original label at the bottom) but anything else is just a guess. The porcelain cat decorated with Siamese fighting fish pattern (Betta splendens) was purchased as a present for the mother of Rita’s work colleague and spent 30 years on her mantel piece in Surrey. Gill doesn’t know who bought it or when. Advanced age and illness made the lady unable to take care of her collection of porcelain and china, and majority of them were sold or given away. Gill decided to give the cat to Olympia, in hopes of securing a loving home to the vintage feline. It is an elegant addition to Kat-a-log.
Kat-a-log Feline no. 32 and 32′ (prime)
Three sides of a cat: Purr, purr…bad kitty, Kitchen sprite and Caution! Hot cat!
Three sides of the prime: Flowers all around me, Entagled and Like a boss
Country of origin: Manufactured in Switzerland, ordered from London and brought to Hereford, October 2012
We first saw this mechanical Black cat kitchen timer in Cookmate Kitchen shop in Hereford. Rita paid a short visit to her friend who works there and noticed that she was leafing through a thick book writing strange numbers on a piece of paper. Curious, Rita asked what her friend was doing. The book turned out to be a commercial offer for kitchen stores and the girl was tasked with choosing new items for the store. Seeing our enthusiastic reaction to the mechanical cat times, Rita’s friend decided to add the cat to the order. What can we say? It was a huge success! Hereford citizens love the cats and we needed to wait in line to get ours!
You can visit Hereford Cookmate Kitchen here: http://www.cookmate.co.uk/
The cat timer is made from a hardened plastic. It has been designed by Bengt Ek Design, a Swedish company with international headquarters in Switzerland. Beng Ek design is a well known brand with their products being available around the globe. Some of their designs were also displayed as works of art in the MOMA gallery in New York, Tokyo and San Francisco.
Please visit the official site at: http://bengtekdesign.com
On 29th of October Rita has found the white version of the cat timer on Amazon and ordered it for Mal as a birthday present. It was delivered on 1st of November and it is a Kat-a-log kitten in residence on Malta. Olympia has given it number 32′ (prime). The timer is being proudly displayed in Mal’s kitchen and goes very well with (nearly) deaf white cat named Athabasca. Mal is using it quite often when making pizzas. The photo session has been taken on Malicia’s rooftop garden on 14th of April 2013.
Kat-a-log Feline no. 33 & 34
Three sides of a cat: Screaming in the background, Wild cats and At the movies
Country of origin: Unknown, given as a gift on 21st of December 2012
Something very unusual now. Each cat we photograph for the Kat-a-log project receives a separate mention, but this time we are going to dedicate one entry for a pair of cats. They were given to Rita as a present for Secret Santa and are part of a set. Both cats are mad of wood and are painted in tribal patterns. Rita tried to investigate and interrogated all co-workers but nobody wanted to admit to the crime. Rita’s guess is that both cats were made in Africa and shipped to Europe. Unfortunately, she is unable to verify this claim. Olympia decided to have both cats in the UK for now (she has several very similar cats already) so they will become the first Kat-a-log kittens in residence abroad. The photo session has been taken at Courtyard Centre for the Arts in Hereford just after “Hobbit” premiere.
Courtyard official page can be seen here: http://courtyard.org.uk/
On January the 12th, Rita is travelling to Poland to deliver all cats from the UK and Malta to the Headquarters. She was also given the task to take the pictures of the cats that have been added to the collection over the years. Please excuse us for having two weeks off, but when Rita returns, she will have many cats to show you!
For now, have fun and stay warm.
Take an example of your cats and stay in bed!
Rita, Malicia + Olympia Dabrowicz