For this piece I drew upon a memory of hugging my cat, Hunter. When I was young I used to lay on the floor with Hunter, snuggled up on a rug. I was really small for my age and Hunter's splayed out cat body was about the same size of me. I wanted to communicate a feeling of comfort. Hunter's soft, plush fur dominates my memory; he was essentially a warm, fluffy, living body pillow.
Cat fur and thread
Approx. 2" x 1" x 3/4"
First I had to harvest cat fur from my boy Hunter.
He really enjoyed this part of the project.
I then took the collected fur and rubbed it between my hands repeatedly.
My goal was to make a felted sheet of "fabric".
I washed the matted fur sheet with shampoo.
Sewing with needle and thread.
Stuffing with extra cat fur.