Artist: Henry The Cat
Website: Henry The Feline Fiber Artist
Let's Meet Henry
My name is Henry, and I am a Feline Fiber Artist. (In other words, I am a cat that LOVES to be creative!)
And being that I'm a cat, I have the most ideal built – in set of tools for creating interesting textures that anyone could possibly want — my claws.
Ever since I was a kitten, I always loved to scratch. It was just part of my nature.
My human got me a nice scratching post so I wouldn't decorate the furniture with interesting textures. But before long, I outgrew it, and went right back to working on the chair again.
Now I've never seen anything wrong with taking a boring old chair and decorating it with designs of my own making, but humans seem to have a different view on things.
So my human went to the discount store and got few left -over strips of carpet and nailed them to the wall.
Almost immediately, I tried scratching it. This was GREAT! It didn't turn over like my old scratching post, and no one yelled at me for scratching it.
Scratching the carpet on the wall was fun! Everyone praised me for doing such a good job of not creating any more textures on the chair. And before long, I started to see some interesting results of my work. Big loops of fiber were starting show up. And the more I scratched, the longer the loops became.
All at once, my person realized that I wasn't just scratching, I was creating art.
And they thought it looked pretty good. When I was finished with the first piece, they hung it on the wall and nailed up another piece of carpet for me to work on. At last, my work was beginning to be recognize for the creative work it really was.
When my human's friends saw my work hanging on the wall, at first, they were very surprised that it was created by a cat. But after they thought about it, they realized that this is EXACTLY the kind of art a cat would create, given the opportunity and the right set of materials.