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TantricTotems

Mandy loves the meditative process of creating unique pieces that warm the home. Her crafted cats are inspired by her own furry friends and all those she meets along the way!

Arts and crafts are my passion and each piece deserves its own qualities, so my creations are one of a kind.

I use many different materials, including yarn, felt, wool fleece, paper mache, clay and do the odd bit of abstract painting on the side.

Lady Cat art dolls start with a body sculpted using a cloth plaster technique resulting in a firm yet lightweight base, of the the ‘stump doll’ style made popular in Tudor England. Doll heads are sculpted in Fimo air dry clay and hand painted with their own features. Each doll then evolves individually, the finished item achieved by intuitively adding decoration as the work progresses, culminating in a unique feline.

The spectrum of bold to subtle colours of pure wool felt inspired my range of patchwork felt Fancy Cats. Teamed with both vintage and modern fabrics, they are lovingly hand-stitched and sometimes embellished with buttons, beads etc – whatever each one calls out for while putting the pieces together.

Tantric: “A person who, irrespective of caste, creed or religion, aspires for spiritual expansion or does something concrete”. Totem: ” A being, object, or symbol representing an animal or plant adopted by a person as a spiritual helper”.

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