I’ve noticed a new kitty on the crafting scene – and she literally is…a kitty! This friendly feline has her own web site, a blog and gobs of personality. I was recently able to grab hold of her and ask her a few questions before she sprang out of my hands to go back to her owner’s art room. Can you say finicky? By the way, her owner is the talented Krissi Sandvik.
CraftyChica.com: Tell me how you came to be, Miss Skelekitty? Did you get shortchanged from your nine lives?
Skelekitty: Heck no, my nine lives are just beginning! I was introduced to the world in the summer of 2006 when Krissi donated the very first Skelekitty piece a local kitty rescue’s annual fundraising auction. Krissi has always loved animals and became fascinated with the Day of the Dead celebration when she lived in San Francisco’s Mission District. She thought the spirit of Dia de los Muertos (that is, celebrating the lives of loved ones) fit in perfectly with a kitty adoption organization. Pretty soon, people started asking to see me in more art, so Krissi created a whole line featuring me and my skelecritter pals called Skelekitty and Friends.
Q: And now you are a rockstar kitty – you have a line of stamps in your likeness! Tell me, how did you decide on the poses for the stamps? Did you get final say?
A: Well of COURSE I have final approval on all of my images – I’m a kitty who’s definitely not shy about speaking her mind! The stamps were chosen by the nice lady who runs Stampa Fe art stamps in Santa Fe, New Mexico – she picked her four favorites to start off with. The response to the stamps has been so positive, you may be seeing some brand new Skelekitty stamps (and maybe some other skelecritters) soon.
Q: Tell me about your owner, I hear she is very crafty!
A: She sure is – she’s always gluing something to something else and started Sacramento’s coolest FREE craft night, Scary CRAFT‘s Night of the Creators. Even her MAIL is crafty! Here is a tutorial!
In addition to her paintings, she makes quilts, reconstructed clothing, shrines, jewelry. Krissi has always loved language and writing and has started to play with photography too! She especially enjoys a challenge where she has create outside of her comfort zone.
Q: How does having a pet helps a person’s creativity?
A: Animals are wonderful muses because they are so loving and funny. One of the most popular pieces was inspired by a hungry kitty rubbing against her human’s legs when they come home at night.
The antics of Krissi’s kitties and dog are often the inspiration for paintings. Anyone who has ever lived with a cat or dog (or small children) will be able to relate to “The Two Sides of Skelekitty.” Q: Will you share your favorite pieces by your owner and how she made them – I’m sure you sat and watched every moment of their creation, right?
A: I imagine everyone expects the portraits of me are my favorites, but they’d be wrong! Like Krissi, my favorite pieces tend to be ones where she experimented by using her favorite imagery within a not-typically-Krissi themes. Painting The Roses Red, which was created for an Alice in Wonderland themed show, is a good example.
I also like the pieces she makes with a real sense of irony, like her “Diet Shrine” art quilt.
Krissi Sandvik. I must share that she told me she never was a fan of glitter until she went on the Crafty Chica cruise and became converted. I think this picture proves that! Krissi is a mixed media artist based out of Sacramento, CA. Visit her blog to see more of her work at http://www.krissisandvik.blogspot.com/