Featured Feline Artist: Alyssa Thomas

Introducing Alyssa Thomas of Penguin and Fish. Alyssa is sewer, quilter and embroider and her lovely plush kitties are one offs - each one is numbered so no two are the same. Please check out her Etsy store , blog and website. Last month I asked Alyssa a little about her artistic goals and aspirations and she was kind enough to share with us...

Holiday themed plush kitty - no. 55

How long have you been a practicing artist for?

I've been drawing and making things as long as I can remember. Now, I guess I would call myself more of a practicing product designer than a practicing artist. However lately I've been moving into the artist route a little bit more. To me, the practicing artist is coming up with ideas more freely and can work towards a final piece without having to think as much about pleasing a particular audience...and they do it consistently (i.e. "practicing"). I like having a balance of art projects and design projects going at the same time so I guess you could say I'm a part-time practicing artist.

Kitty embroidery pattern

Tell us about your first attempts to be creative.

I remember being in preschool and we were going to dip our feet in paint then make a foot print onto paper. I remember that I wanted a different color then what was available (purple I think), so the teacher had to mix up a special color just for me. Heh heh. I suppose that was an attempt at thinking out of the box.

Dark plum kitty - no. 124

What are your inspirations?

Animals are my biggest inspiration for sure. I love all of their little motions and I like trying to figure out what they're thinking. Especially kitties.

Tan and white kitty - no. 193

What has been your most exciting moment as an artist?

Every time I finish a project is a pretty exciting moment. Also every time I learn something new is really exciting.

Kitty sketchbook

What are your artistic goals?

I want to experiment with more plush toys as art and also with quilting and embroidery. I have a lot of sketches in my notebook just waiting to be made into something. Just have to work through them one at a time. I'm excited!

Alyssa's gorgeous cat Sammy

All artworks shown in this post are currently for sale in the Penguin and Fish Etsy store.