Mini Kitties aka Demure Le Purr
Updated: Jun 14
November 7, 2021
So meowch has happened in the last few months!!
My very first Demure Le Purr, Spring Kitten, was sold at auction for the Burning Man / Sotheby's co-collaboration, Boundless Space...The Possibilities of Burning Man.
Three more Demure Le Purr sculptures became the Glow Cats for the 10th Annual The Gardens of Lake Merritt's Autumn Lights Festival.
I took two of them to visit their full-sized counterparts (Vega and Luna) out at Point San Pablo Harbor and did a little photo shoot.
They'll be heading to the Portland Winter Light Festival (PDXWLF), February 2022.
These kitties are also available for purrrchase. See the Commissions page for details.
July 23, 2021
These two commissioned Demure Le Purr Numbers sculptures are a gorgeous International Orange. One went to its new home in Vallejo, CA.The next one will go on a road trip in my VW Bus to Oregon.
The galvanizing processes added a bit more labor on my end. I didn't realize that I had to grind off the extra blobs, globs and drips before heading to the powder coater. Noted! But they looked really cool all shiny!
Demure Le Purr Number (Mini Vega form) is welded. It took a lot longer to put together. More details, much bigger kitty. I'll probably re-work the form for the next one, connecting the tail to the body. It still turned out really cool. I love the shape and the curves.
June 25, 2021
The two commissioned Demure Le Purr sculptures are welded, off the forms and free of wires. Mini Vega is ready to weld.
June 8, 2021
The TomCat and Mini Luna Demure Le Purr sculptures are ready for welding! I trimmed the wires this time around. Took extra time and blood but I'm hoping it will make welding easier.
And speaking of welding...
I FINALLY bought my very own welder!!! Assembled the cart, added my own touches, and got as far as I could with assembling the welder. I am waiting for a .030 v-groove smooth drive roll. It's a thing!
May 17, 2021
The next DeMure Le Purr cat form is named after my outdoor kitty, TomCat, who passed away suddenly on March 18, 2021. RIP sweet Tommy.
The new pose is the flipped version of the form that I used for Spring Kitten, the 1/3 scale of Luna. This will be one of my two current commissions. Purr...
May 7, 2021
The Demure Le Purr, aka Spring Kitten, and the Bean are in their mew home at my friend's brand new gallery space! This is just a sneaky peek. They are building a website, getting events and artists lined up and hope to be open to the public sometime in June. Stayed tuned!
April 18, 2021
My queen kitty, Boo Radley, hung out with the Demure Le Purr while my husband chipped away at purging and organizing our garage. He took all these awesome pictures.
Oh, and I got all my rings back from being sliced and separated them into buckets. Tomorrow they go to the industrial metal finisher where they'll be tumbled to remove the burrs and all the sharp edges. AND the next pose cat form is ready for pick up!
April 12, 2021
The first Demure Le Purr is back from the powder coater. Meowzers!
The Purr Pods had kittens! I've been developing mini versions (1/3 scale) of the Purr Pods for awhile now in collaboration with the very talented Heather Blaikie and my favorite CNC folks, SoulMind Studios, since pre-pandemic.
People really dig the Purr Pods but not everyone can squeeze a 13ft. giant steel kitty into their homes or yards. Go figure! These mini kitties (or Demure Le Purr!) are super adorable and portable. I can carry them and they fit in my VW Bus with ease. Purrr...
I buckled down recently and finished one using the "Luna" form. It turned out better than I had imagined. The first one will be traveling with me to Salt Lake City late April/early May when I deinstall the Purr Pods on display at the Galivan Center. The new sculpture will go into a brand new art gallery!!! I'm really excited about that. I have yet to choose a color but I'm leaning toward chartreuse (colors on the Peek-a-Boo Purr Pods below) and calling it "Spring Kitten." We'll be fabricating a platform similar to the platform built by Wesley Skinner and Kevin Byall for the full-sized Luna. We called it The Bean (pictures below).
I'm taking commissions on these sculptures, offering four poses and in any color possible. My plan is to make one of each pose and take them all with me to Burning Man (if it happens) so they can become an art installation at our camp to engage people passing by or maybe somewhere out on the open playa for discovery. The sculptures will absorb some love and excitement at Burning Man. And when I bring the sculptures home, I'll clean, prep and powder coat them. Then they'll be ready for "adoption."
Inquiries for big and mini kitties commissions: purrpods (at) gmail (dot) com
Thank mew! >^..^<