Cat Rabbit is a Melbourne based textile artist who makes the most incredible creatures and characters.
It’s difficult not to be captivated by Cat’s creations. Each one has such a unique personality and there’s something so lifelike about their eyes and expressions that it seems entirely plausible that they might be having secret adventures when no one’s looking.
And in fact, that’s almost true! Cat has collaborated with animator Isobel Knowles on two children’s (and childish adults, a.k.a me) books that feature Cat’s creatures amongst the most beautiful handcrafted, tiny scenery and props. You can also watch some of their amazing animation collaborations here (including an animated owl factory, which is too wonderful and whimsical for words).
What I love most about Cat’s work, is that, even though her creatures could be called cute, the quirkiness, detail (l mean, just look at those outfits!), and wonderful strangeness of each one means they exist in a realm beyond the merely adorable. They’re like plushies for adults who refuse to stop letting their imaginations run wild.
Cat’s creatures also exist in the form of cards, prints, jewellery and iron-on patches to name but a few, and you can check these out at her shop. I’m lucky enough to have two of her creations myself (a fox and a rabbit. Perhaps I’ll include them in another post), and I kind of want an entire menagerie of them one day. You can see more of Cat’s work on her flickr, including ice-cream and pizza delivery alpacas, cats, sloths and Gryffindor lions (it’s just my favourite thing ever when nerdiness and craftiness collide). Which of Cat’s creatures is your fave? Do you have outfit envy when looking at some of them (I totally do)?
All images by Cat Rabbit. Big thanks to Cat for giving me permission to use them 🙂