Hello Earth Gardeners!!
We know, we know! It’s been nearly a month since the festival has ended, but we are so busy we barely have time to sleep! A lot is going on in the background (like fighting for tickets to red carpet premieres!), yet we are trying to catch up and bring you all the wonderful news, hot gossips and extraordinary images we have taken during our outings and travels.
Earth Garden 2014 may be a history now but it was one of the best editions so far. Brilliant people, sunny weather (yay for that), great music and fantastic visitors from all around the world. No jokes here, we have meet some great folks from Scandinavia, Brazil, Iran and even United States. Ladies and gentleman, Earth Garden has always been a multicultural and diverse event but we are slowly becoming an international sensation! 20 .000 people came and partied with us during those three days. If that’s not a success, then we don’t know what success is. For us, Earth Garden was an absolute sensation – you don’t have to agree with us, but this is our blog and we tell you we are always right!
Each year, we have a guest book at our stand and posting scans of it has become kind of a tradition. We love reading all your comments, reviews and ideas for future editions and we are grateful to all visitors who stopped at the Cat Store this year. If you are reading this, THANK YOU guys! You rule and hope to see you again next year.
As usual, please take a look at the previous links that we have published before the festival. It will give you more information about what we do and how we prepared for the three day cat extravaganza:
You can also read our review of Earth Garden 2013 by clicking on the links here:
So, are you ready to see what’s inside our guestbook this year? A bit of warning before we proceed any further. Our guests felt truly artistic during the weekend and left us with nearly 30 uber-cute cat artworks! We have to admit that we simply adore cat portrait and those are the best we have ever received. Cat lovers of the world unite and enjoy. Furry power to all!
Page one has been graced by the combined talents of Eleanor (age 3) and Sophia (age 5) of Malta. Both girls love cats very much and it is evident in the large number of big red hearts attached to the cartoon feline. We think that the kitten wears a hat on his head or maybe this is a flag flowing above him. Either way, the girls were pretty happy with the picture and we are happy to have met the duo of supreme cat portraitists of the future.
Page two brings yet another cat portrait, this time from a young lady named Christy. As you can see, her cat is looking straight at us and its tail is a bit wavy – it is probably an invitation for a game of chase. The cat’s claws are extended and he or she is ready for a play. Christy left us three kisses and we are sending three kisses back your way!
Page three belongs to Victoria and what a great cat picture she has left us! Just look at this absolutely cute kitten: its tails and ears are up, his head is tilted slightly to the left and the cat is standing on his back paws. Every cat owner will immediately recognize this pose – it is time for a diner! Just make it a good one! Victoria signed her name above her masterpiece and each “i” has a little heart instead of simple dot. Thank you sweetheart!
Say hello to Iris from Venezuela! This is probably Rita’s favorite cat: big, fluffy with small ears and big tail. Purrfect! Sadly, we don’t speak Spanish, but the writing above the cat says “Gatita Venezolana” which can be translated as “Lovely Venezuelan”. The affectionate term “gatita” can be applied to either a young girl or a female cat. You learn something new everyday!
Our next kitten looks like a lot of mischief! Staring directly at the viewer, ears up, tail hidden – a sweet picture of purrfection and innocence except for that wicked smile! The cat is probably going to climb the curtains in a second you turn around or hide a pair of your woolen socks under the sofa so you don’t find it until Christmas cleaning. Page five and the artist is Maltese lady named Ilenia Brincat. Ilenia was shy at first and claimed she doesn’t know how to draw but when she came to visit our stand some time later, she discovered that her picture has inspired others to draw. Imitation is the biggest form of flattery!
What a lovely pair of eyes! Page six belongs to Sarah and she came up with a picture of a sitting cat with the biggest amber eyes that we have ever seen. The cat looks a bit caught off guard, but it seems to be a positive surprise as there is a smile on its face. Did you know that cats can see better in darkness than in the daylight? The combination of their excellent hearing and the ability to see in low light condition makes them superb hunters. Human eyes cannot match cat vision and we cannot count how many times we have tripped on our black kittens in the darkness on the way to the loo. Sigh. We nearly forgot to add that there is a lovely paw print near the bottom of the picture.
Emma Montebello from Malta is featured on lucky page number 7. Three paw prints and a one very sleepy abstract cat. We do not know Emma’s true age, but she seemed to be about 9-10 years old and she truly enjoyed drawing animals, especially cats (of course!). She visited our stand with her parents and a brother named Ernesto.
Seeing his sister Emma having a blast, Ernesto couldn’t help himself so he grabbed a pen and left a mark of his own! This is the first cat drawing in our guestbook that actually portraits a pair of cats instead of a single kitten. Ernesto drew a momma cat with a baby on a leisurely walk and added four paw prints, one more than his sister. He also signed the picture with his full name: Ernesto Griggio Eduard Salucem. Wow.
Super sweet, yet rather shy artist named Olivia Arnold came to our stand to see the paintings first. She had briefly looked through the book and we could observe that she was fighting the urge to draw. After few minutes of encouragement from just about everybody around the stall, she grabbed a black marker and drew this lovely feline. Then proclaiming that she will be back next year, she ran away after her guardians. We are pretty sure that Olivia can create many fascinating paintings and this was only the beginning!
Hey look who is back! Ernesto returned to our stand alone and decided to add yet another kitten! Page 10 and second drawing of the cat-friendly child.
It was a brief visit (no more than five minutes), but Yanika made a lasting impression. At first, the drawing doesn’t resemble a cat. Very untypical narrow and long ears, round body, tiny paws and a thin tail. However, Yanika left us a description that this is definitively a picture of house cat and we decided to do a bit of investigation. Uncle Google to the rescue and viola! The picture shows a rare modern Balinese cat breed! They are wonderful, happy and affectionate family members that get along with children, dogs and other animals. To learn more please click on the Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balinese_cat
Next two pictures belong to cat – drawing workshop alumni: Brogan and Julia. They had left us an excellent cat portrait in our book last year, which can be seen under this link: https://cocamidemea.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/brogan_giulia.jpg
Both ladies returned to Earth Garden and were looking for us at the ethnic market on purpose – to see if we were having a stand and hoping to be able to draw again. They approached us with big grins on their faces and asked if we remembered them. And surely we did. It is hard to forget the duo – their humor, creativity and energy is simply astounding.
Brogan and Julia decided to challenge each other to a cat portrait duel. Each of them took a separate page in order to create a drawing with a message. Brogan went first and decided on a pirate kitty (with a patch instead of an eye) and a puurfect pun. She also left a cunning message to her friend and other visitors saying:
“My friend Giulia is going to try to outdraw me. Let’s pretend that she managed.”
Gulia responded with a stylish cat lady dawning (wearing flower crown and a peace sign which were in fashion at this edition of the festival) and another pun (“meaow ya doing?”).
We love both entries but since this was an epic cat portrait battle – you will have to decide who won. Brogan and Gulia, it was a pleasure to meet you again!
Despite looking like a traditional guest book page, page number 14 is quite unique. This is the first page without a cat portrait on it! A lovely visitor named Gerada wished us “Love and good vibes”. She also included a post scriptum that says “Cats…lots of cats…”. Yep, the more the merrier as we say!
And we are back to colorful cat doodles! Our next artist named Chloe showed her amazing cartoon skills on page 15. Three big hearts (blue, white and pink), five kisses and a cute feline fellow named Nippers. An interjection “CATS” is decorated with exclamation mark that has another heart instead of a dot. We have a feeling that Nippers is not just an artist’s imagination but a real cat that stole Chloe’s heart!
Having seen the previous artworks in our guestbook, Maltese girl Ria decided to draw something original and truly unique. She created the biggest cat portrait yet and decorated it with elaborate patters, lines, dots, swirls and serpentines. If you look closely, you will notice that the picture actually shows two cats instead of one. The bigger one is called Cori and the smaller is nicknamed Frizzi (he sticks out his head from behind Cori’s back). Ria has also admitted that she “loves cats”. We all do, Ria! Thank you for stopping by!
Christabel Petita, our next guest left us her contact details, signature and written confession that she is a cat lover on page 17. Christabel bought one of Rita’s artwork and an official certificate will be dispatched shortly to her. Thanks for everything and enjoy the cat inspired art!
Another page, another artist and another cat artwork! Page 18 belongs to Marilyn and her creation is a larger-than-life-kitten sitting peacefully on the sidewalk and watching the world go by. This green-eyed spotted beauty has long whiskers, pointy ears and swirled tail. The cat must be very happy as there is a big smile on its face!
Page 19 is the last page we want to show you today. Two wonderful artists, a bit of friendly rivalry while drawing and a lot of fun! Sadly, we do not know who they are, but one of them must be called Bernie as seen on the picture below. Bernie is responsible for creating the smaller cat (we named it Bernie’s cat) and the bigger one is called Kiki the Kitten Cat. Binge Qubnid is a strange combination of two words: an excess and cuteness of fluffiness. This could be anything really: a collective pseudonym for the artists, a name of an animal friendly website/club or Facebook page.
We cannot believe it! NINETEEN pages scanned, edited and posted for your enjoyment and we are still half way through the guestbook! There must have been something in the air at Earth Garden as visitors kept coming in flocks and everybody wanted to draw us a cat!
Please come back tomorrow as the best is yet to come!
Have a good day,
Rita and Malicia Dabrowicz