Inside the Whimsical Kitty World of My Zoetrope


I’ve been obsessed with the My Zoetrope Etsy shop since I first laid eyes on artist Michelle Cavigliano’s adorable kitty-cat creations. The Brooklyn-based artist’s work exudes innocent feline charm, while her cute, quirky, and colorful illustrations can’t help but put a smile on your face.

The name My Zoetrope, which is taken from the Greek words “zoe” and “trope,” means “wheel of life” or “living wheel.” Michelle explains that the shop is an ever-evolving wheel of her own life and the “silliness, craziness, prettiness, happiness, and absurdness” of it all.

The shop sells prints, notecards, and accessories featuring her cuddly crew of characters, which also includes dogs, bears, and unicorns. Her whimsical kitty prints are a personal favorite, but who can resist her creative greeting cards (someone get me the cat Hanukkah card, please!), and sweet accessories like a cool kitty-wings pin.

Another unique pick is her poseable paper-doll art set, featuring best friends Bonnie and her kitty, Clyde. Where you find one of the sneaky duo, you will surely find the other. Their hobbies include keeping secrets in their spy journal, dancing in the moonlight, and solving super-hard mysteries. Squee!

Check out My Zoetrope yourself to admire more of Michelle’s super-cute masterpieces; the store’s holiday shipping deadline is Dec. 17.

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