Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Napkin Cat: Concepts in Folk Art

While living in Connecticut, I discovered flea markets and thrift stores didn't exist in the amazing complexity they did where I grew up in the south. The markets were only open on the weekends and only during "flea market season," which makes no sense since they are indoors. Despite that, I did manage to find a few horrible and amazing things. One of these things is Napkin Cat.

Folk art at its finest.
Do you see this? Do you see this brilliant and amazing work of art? That, my friends, is a cat made out of torn napkins and masking tape.

According to the seller, this is a piece of genuine "folk art." The tag labels it with "nature," making this a nature-inspired folk art napkin cat.

And it's thirty dollars.

Yes, that price is correct. It's valued at thirty dollars because it's a m'fing napkin cat! I had to have this beautimous thing. However, I couldn't bring myself to spend thirty dollars on an old napkin, no matter how amazing it is. Fortunately, I was able to bargain the seller down and am now the proud owner of Napkin Cat.

It was my sister-in-law who pointed out that Napkin Cat is also suffering from a strange malady where his tail is attached to his front. Or whiskers to his back. It's hard to tell. Either way, I had to share the amazing Napkin Cat with the rest of the world.


  1. Every time I look at it, I feel proud knowing I have supported the napkin folk arts.


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