As you may have read in my recent interview with The Conscious Cat, I’ve been working on another little project. I’ve opened Moderncat Studio in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. I’ve always been a crafter, and you may have noticed that I have a bit of an obsession with Etsy (I’m wearing my favorite necklace from Etsy seller Adorn Natural in the photo above — thanks to Giulio Sciorio for taking that photo). Moderncat Studio is a place where I can experiment with my own cat-related handcrafts, plus I’m working with other designers to develop some new cat products, all of which will be handmade and in keeping with the Moderncat style. I also feature the work of other artists and craftspeople whose work I appreciate.
The studio is open to the public for special events, like the First Friday Artwalk in downtown Phoenix every month. The official website for the studio is not yet finished, but if you’d like to follow along with the development, please become a fan of the Moderncat Studio page on Facebook.
The plan is to have the studio products for sale on Etsy soon. I’ll be sure to notify you when they are available. In the meantime, if you live in Phoenix, please stop by the actual studio for some serious Moderncat-style holiday shopping for all the cats and cat lovers in your life. We are fully stocked and ready to go! Some of the things you will find at the studio are shown below. Having the studio is also my way to give back. I plan to donate a portion of the profits to local cat rescues and shelters.
Each month, I feature a different guest artist in the studio. This month, the artist is photographer Joe Mehl. We are running a special fundraiser this month – come to the studio and purchase one of Joe’s beautiful cat prints and 50% of the sale will be donated to a local cat charity. We also have Joe’s signature kitty head kaleidoscope on a custom vinyl record wall hanging and also on 8 inch stickers.
In addition to offering products that we make at the studio, I’ve hand-selected products from some of my favorite companies. Right now we have catnip fortune cookies and retro boomerangs from Jake & Micah, as well as catnip eyeballs and kickin’ sticks from HannaPt.
We’re also featuring handcrafted sterling silver jewelry from Phoenix-based jewelry designer Gloria Marsiglia and I created a line of handmade cut-paper greeting cards and gift tags using silhouettes of my own cats (these will be on Etsy soon!)
And here are the first two Moderncat Studio exclusive products! Kitties & Fishies cat toys made from re-purposed vintage neckwear with organic catnip, designed and made by yours truly, and EcoToys designed by Collin Smith, made with EcoFi felt from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic water bottles and stuffed with organic catnip.
So please keep an eye out for more news about the studio and if you’re in Phoenix, please check out the Facebook page for a list of when we’ll be open in the coming months.