Today's featured artist is Masko of Siam Square. She is a fellow Japanese, living in the middle of Tennessee, and makes adorable yarn cozies, pouches, and other fabric accessories.
(1) Please introduce yourself and tell us about your cats.
Fishcake, 9 years old.
When we were in New Orleans, a neighbor found him soaked in the rain and took him in. She put him in a cardboard box for a few days and left him outside. When the meowing became unbearable, I confronted the neighbor, who simply said that she did not want to let the cat in the house "because it was dirty". I was aghast and offered to wash him myself - and he turned out to be the most beautiful cat with semi-long fur. I took him back my neighbor, expecting her to be delighted, but she tried to put him in a box again. This is when I decided to adopt him. Since then, Fishcake and my family have moved long distance twice, including the evacuation from Hurricane Katrina. Fishcake isn't comfortable with strangers or other cats, but considering his first encounter with humans, I guess I can't blame him.
Pooska, 4 years old.
After we moved to our current home, we started drying our laundry outside in the yard. One morning, when I was putting the laundry on the rope, my eyes caught a little kitten in our neighbor's backyard, only a few yards away. That moment, the kitten ran over to me and said, "meow, meow, meow!!". When I picked him up, he didn't resist at all, and when I took him inside, he relaxed as if it were his own home! He's open and friendly. He is now a heavy boy, but doesn't seem to realize that, and still acts like a kitten.
Goma, 5 months old.
There's a bridge across the street from our house, and I heard a tiny meowing from the bush at its foot. I was the only one in the family who heard his cry. When I called out to it and held out my hand, a 3-week-old kitten came straight out of the bush without any hesitation. She was bitten by ticks and fleas, and her white fur was red all over - it was painful to see. When I washed her, the water turned into an unbelievable color. She is an active little thing, and my vintage sofa from the 1970s is in tatters. I had planned to give her away eventually, but because we found her on my elder daughter's birthday, my daughter wouldn't hear of it. Goma has no care in the world even if her brothers treat her as a nuisance.She is so full of curiosity that she messes up my yarn, and would not stay still for even a second. Cats can cause havoc in the craft room, and yet, why is it that so many crafters love them?
(2) Does your cat affect yoru art? If so, how?
I don't know if it's because they're such an integral part of my life, but they've never been a direct inspiration for my work. But sometimes when I'm creating just for pleasure, they affect what I make. For example, I've used a cat motif in quilting and rug hooking, neither of which I've done recently. It seems that the cats affect my daughters' art more than mine.
(3) Is there a cat-related handmade item by another artist that you love?
Although I don't create cat-themed items, I'm immediately attracted to other people's cat-themed creations!
I have a "Cats" board on Pinterest where I pin my favorite cat-related artwork.
My absolute favorite.
A shop that I recently discovered.
And this shop, where I bought a postcard for my cat-loving aunt which delighted her.
This Japanese artist's shop.
Thanks so much for sharing, Masko!