From the Melville Cat:
But until recently she did not have any art inspired by the most important animal in her life: me.
I’ve been dropping hints about this omission for years — by sleeping on Heather’s art books and refusing to admire the beaded giraffe despite multiple prompts.
Apparently my hints finally worked. Last week Heather came home with this:
I didn’t think much of my beaded likeness at first. After all these years of waiting, I suppose I’d lost interest in the idea. Also his front legs are a bit short.
But then I took a closer look at Melville Cat Deux and realized his resemblance to me is quite remarkable.
A man named Shepherd made Melville Cat Deux. Shepherd makes a living creating beaded animals on Melville’s 7th Street. He has sold Heather several beaded animals in the past.
Shepherd has been making beaded animals in Melville for many years — longer than Heather can remember — but he has never made a cat before. Heather also says she has never seen another beaded cat, despite meeting many bead artists over the years.
It’s possible Melville Cat Deux is the first-ever beaded house cat in Johannesburg.
Shepherd told Heather he is going to make more beaded cats from now on. If you would like to commission a feline likeness of your own, find Shepherd at the corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue in Melville. He is also reachable on WhatsApp at +27-73-179-1351.