This week's featured artist Inga Binyon, lives in Gualala, CA, which is a 100 miles north of San Francisco, right on the coast. Inga embraces her crazy cat lady by crafting fun and funky jewelry for your zippers and calls her creative company, "4MyMeow," which was born in 2015. In a true spirit of giving, a portion of every sale is donated to animal shelters. Here's Inga's story...
We have two little girls that rescued us last year. (Kali and JuJuBee) Shortly after bringing our first girl (Kali) home, I was asked to participate in a street fair that only wanted locally hand crafted items. The gal who asked me to participate worked with glass beads and gave me a catalog. The moment I discovered the Glass Cat Head beads I had a vision. My subsequent search for beads led me to realize my attraction to glass lamp work beads which are all pieces of art themselves. I started putting bead combinations together in my head and I couldn't wait to get my first shipment of beads.
My Kitty Zipper Pulls were originally designed to clip onto the zipper of your jacket, thus allowing the owner to show the world their love of all things kitty. However I have seen them on backpacks and I have several that hang from the zippers on my purse, they can be displayed as sun catchers, rear view mirror charms, or how about some new kitty ornaments for you Christmas tree? You can clip them anywhere you like!
I decided before my first show that I wanted to do a little rescuing back so I have donated 10% of every sale to four different cat shelters in Northern California. Had we not adopted Kali and JuJuBee this business would have never been born. My customers not only get a lovely little piece of cat inspired jewelry they get the satisfaction of knowing that their purchase created a donation to a very deserving cat shelter.
Both of my girls stories have their own page on my website.
My favorite pieces of work are my Graceful Kitty line, which was my first "designer" line of Kitty Zipper Pulls. The bodies of all of these kittys feature Grace Lampwork Heart Beads. I have been told several times that they are true works of art and because Grace Lampwork beads are created one at a time by amazing bead designer Grace Ma in San Francisco, no two Graceful Kittys will ever be exactly alike, making each of them truly one of a kind!
Since creating the Graceful Kitty line, I have also collaborated with a bead artist in Kansas who makes the cat heads one at a time by hand. She designed the Calico, Bengal, and Siamese cat heads just for me and I call this line Kansas Kittys.
We love our girls so very much. Two of the shelters we support with our donations are directly related to our girls adoptions. Purebreds Plus is the shelter that rescued them from the streets and Kitty Hill Foster Care is the woman that fosters hundreds of kitties every year, including both of our girls. Cat House on the Kings I began to follow shortly after bringing Kali home and it is amazing what they do for kitties every year. Last but not least Redwood Coast Humane Society is the shelter here in town and I felt that they too needed any support they could get.
When we adopted our girls we signed agreements that they would be indoor kitties only. The woman who fostered our girls actually runs a luxury kitty boarding facility in Santa Cruz, though more often than not she has more fosters than paying customers. She had these amazing catios, which inspired my husband (who has years of carpentry experience) to build our girls a catio of their own! As you can see Kali and JuJuBee got an amazing Cat Dad in the bargain as well!
To see more of Inga's fun Graceful Kittys, check her out on the web at these locations: