While browsing Etsy for inspiration, Ceylan (a.k.a. paperinstyle and packageinstyle) realized that several of her favorite shops talked about their pets in their profiles. Ceylan recently started her blog, paper in style, and has been hosting an interview series each month. Here’s her interview with Sebnem of ShebboDesign, whose hand painted work is inspired by her precious cat.
Introduce us to your pet.
I have only one beloved cat, Pasha. When I adopted him, I thought of a lot of short, easy and meaningful names for him. I finally chose Pasha for him, meaning “General.” Now he is the Pasha of our house; he is the master — even of me!
How long have you had Pasha?
I have had Pasha for 15 months.
What activities does he enjoy?
He is very active and a clever young cat — he loves to play hide-and-seek. One of his favorite games is jump and catch with a tinfoil ball. And unfortunately, in his playing he bites and scratches my hands, which I need to train him out of!
Recently his most favorite activity is going out on our 4th floor balcony. At first I was terrified that he might fall, but I recently let him out under my supervision, and he was fine! He just loves to look outside. Every morning he comes to me and taps my leg to go out, so now we spend some time out there every day.
What are his favorite treats?
Kitbits, Malt-Soft paste, yogurt and some fruits: banana, cherry and melon (of course, he is allowed to eat very small bites).
What does he do when you are creating?
Even though I have a separate painting studio, sometimes I paint rocks at home. Pasha always comes and smells the rocks and tries to play with my brushes. He is very curious, like every cat, and he always wants my attention. He is my favorite model, but he doesn’t like to pose. I love to photograph him while he is sleeping or having an after-lunch nap.
What’s the best part of having a pet?
Happiness and laughter! Pasha is a perfect teacher. He teaches me to live in the “now” and reminds me about unconditional love. Whenever I feel down or blue, he changes my mood easily with his playful behaviour! He always exudes positive energy and happiness.
What story would you like to share about your pet?
I met my beloved Pasha for the first time at my elder sister’s office in March 2009. My sister found him on the street in a cardboard box. When she found him, his brother and his mother were there too, but sadly they were dead. Just Pasha was alive. My sister is another crazy animal lover like me, and despite having two Rottweilers in her office, she took him in to keep him alive. When Pasha saw me for the first time he ran toward me and climbed from my ankles to my neck — he chose me! At that moment, our destiny was written; I decided to adopt this little one-month-old kitten.
When he came into my life, I was going through some hard times. He suddenly jumped into my world and has become an indispensable part of it — he has lightened my heart.
How is your work inspired by your cat?
I love his curiosity, intelligence and sensitivity. Each cat has its own characteristics, all of them independent and elevated creatures. Besides, I love all animals, I wish I could help them all. As you can see in my designs, I mostly paint animals, sea creatures, etc. on my mugs, bowls, rocks and porcelain pieces. I try to send a “support and love animals” message through my artwork.
Do your pets influence your creative work? Tell us how in the comments below.