Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the May/June issue of Catster print magazine. Click here to subscribe to Catster magazine.
My eyes lit up the minute I saw these cool cat houses on a friend’s Facebook page. Created by Ukrainian artist Yuliya Kosata, they’re a cross between Dr. Seuss and Tim Burton. The details on the houses are amazing — the curlicues are my favorite. No matter what the style (elfin cave, hobbit habitat), each house is distinct and whimsical.
Yuliya told me she started out doing graphic design, painting, and art photography. On a trip to Nepal eight years ago, she saw a lot of felted items and immediately fell in love with the craft.
“I understood that wool is the perfect material to bring any idea to life,” she said.
At first, she made smaller items such as felted slippers and toys. She has always loved making little houses for her cats, so she gave this new medium a try. And her cats loved it.
Once she figures out the details, it takes her about three to four days to make a house, then another few days for everything to dry.
The houses cost from $180 to $250, and she is always working on new designs. With three cats of her own, it isn’t hard for her to find feline models when she photographs the houses.