Photos of Shoelace the Costume Shop CatPhotos of Shoelace
The Costumer's Manifesto. This metal dress was also used as thecostume for the Bell in
Theatre UAF Costume Shop whereshe now commutes each day with Tara (her human) the UAF costume designer and author of
In the UAF Costume Shop,Shoelace hunts silverfish and plays bead hockey. She has learned to jump from the cuttingtable four feet through the air to the crafts table through an embroidery hoop for theamusement of all. (Click
HERE to seeanimation of hoop jump)
MakeupClass demonstration of Cat makeup.
Click photo for larger image. I originally bought this fish tank as a sort of"Cat TV" for Shoelace. After a few weeks, however she lost interest. To get whatlooks like a spontaneous picture of her peering into the tank I had to do a set-up shot.Just out of site to the left is a reflector lamp shooting tungsten light up into her face,and up through the tank. I bribed the cat into getting into position by putting fish foodflakes on the lid of the tank (a favorite of hers). She is, in fact, crouching down tolick the flakes off the lid, not peering into the tank as it seems. In actual fact shecannot even see the fish in this position.
This more dangerous shot is nota set-up however. Shoelace cannot seem to be broken of the habit of crawling intodry-cleaning bags at work. Happily she never presses her nose into them, and so we havebeen lucky so far at avoiding kitty asphyxiation.
.For better safety here is a photo of Shoelace's observation net, where shecould sit out on the 8th floor balcony of Milla's apartment without danger of an attemptat flying. (Click photo for enlarged view).
She also practices leaping indoors, in this casefrom one narrow padded chair back to another. This requires she use exactitude inher jump rather than a large leap. Shoelace never misses, but is sometimes sodistracted by the thinking involved in calculating the leap that she forgets to eat hertreats once she lands.
Shoelace in the Costume Shop During the build of
Shoelace at almost 10 years old, catching some sun:
Another cat of our acquaintance, Haoli: