The cat is a symbol of intuition and independence, and this is particularly true of this Mystical Cat Shaman. Often, intuition is more important than logic, as the cat’s wisdom is feminine and does not always bend in the face of sheer reason. But do not make the mistake of underestimating the powerful insight inspired by this delightful creature who will guard and guide your creative endeavors!
About 12” tall, this Cat Shaman is constructed with flat bamboo sticks and is wrapped in hand-dyed cheesecloth and other fabrics, cords, and adornments. He (or she) has a shrine-like box in the center which is covered with a mica or acetate window that contains all kinds of small offerings and sacred or lucky objects. The head is made from earthenware clay, fired to 1800, and finished with a Rune & Relic finish to accentuate his age and mystery. You can add additional surface decoration as the spirit moves you. You can also fashion a cat head of your own to perch atop the body!
When this Cat Shaman becomes part of your life, magic and mystery come alive. Associated with the Norse Goddess Freyja and the Egyptian Goddess, Bast, who takes the form of a cat, your Mystical Cat Shaman encourages agility in both body and mind. You will be challenged with new ideas and places. This spirit helper is resourceful, strong and fearless, and lots of fun to create! It will give you courage and confidence in both the process of creating it and in the satisfaction of seeing it completed, ready to inspire and admire!
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Lyn Belisle is a lifelong artist, educator and author from San Antonio, Texas, who has worked in an eclectic range of mixed-media arts and graphic design throughout her career. She became a self-proclaimed artist at the age of two. Lyn taught art in public schools for three decades and was a finalist for Texas Teacher of the Year in 2000 for her art and technology program for at-risk students. She offers numerous popular mixed-media workshops at Lyn Belisle Studio in San Antonio which she founded in January of 2013. Her favorite media are earthenware, beeswax, paper and fiber, and she has recently began a new series of PhotoEncaustic collages, one of which won Best in Show at the 2015 Artists Who Teach exhibit.
She has authored two articles for Cloth Paper Scissors magazine and a coloring book on the folk art of Mexico. Lyn has had six one-person gallery exhibits since 2011, and her work was recently accepted into the 2015 National Juried Encaustic/Wax Exhibition in Santa Fe, NM and to the International Encaustic Artists National Juried Exhibition in San Luis Obispo, California. She is represented by La Vida Gallery in San Antonio and Dan Pfeiffer Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Artful Gathering is her very favorite summer hangout! Her Artful Gathering Retreat workshops include Story Within a Story, The Mystical Cat Shaman, Small Worlds, Artful Faces, The Magic of Spirit Dolls, and Mask, Robe and Rune (co-presented with Mixed Media artist Michelle Belto). www.lynbelisle.com