SmilingCatStudio

Smiling cat linocuts, graphic illustrations & hoop art

Virginia, United States · 31 Sales

SmilingCatStudio

Smiling cat linocuts, graphic illustrations & hoop art

Virginia, United States 31 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Welcome to Smiling Cat Studio! This shop is named for the happiness and contentment I feel when creating something new, like a happy cat in a sunbeam! I hope my hand-pulled linoleum block prints, illustrations, and embroidered cats will make you smile too! Please look around and let me know if you have any questions!

Also check out my vintage shop, Smiling Cat Vintage: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SmilingCatVintage

Announcement
Last updated on Jun 25, 2016

Welcome to Smiling Cat Studio! This shop is named for the happiness and contentment I feel when creating something new, like a happy cat in a sunbeam! I hope my hand-pulled linoleum block prints, illustrations, and embroidered cats will make you smile too! Please look around and let me know if you have any questions!

Also check out my vintage shop, Smiling Cat Vintage: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SmilingCatVintage

Terri Fisher

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About

Releasing My Creative Expression

A smiling cat is happy and content with the world. My goal is to be as happy and content as a smiling cat and for me, that means releasing my creative expression.

***My Quest for a Creative Life***

From the time I was a child, I've always been creative – drawing, knitting, embroidering, making. I grew up in a time and a place where the arts and crafts were appreciated and even celebrated. I have fond memories of elementary school art class, of the craft projects my great aunt would prepare for my cousin and I when we visited, of the older ladies in my mom's needlepoint group who took the time to teach me embroidery and needlepoint stitches, of watching my grandmother tirelessly knitting sweaters and socks while she watched TV, of the beautiful wood furniture my great uncle made. Most everyone in my family made something with their hands: knitting, embroidery, woodworking, rug hooking, painting, silversmithing. Even antique car restoration has a creative element.

Though I enjoyed those experiences and always felt at peace while I was creating, the little voices in my head said that wasn’t a place to make a career. I rather randomly chose computer science and pushed on through bachelors and masters degrees to a job as an engineer in a large aerospace company. It paid well, and there is a certain level of creativity to software design and coding, but it wasn’t a tangible sort of creativity that I could see and feel. In short, I was not happy and content with the world.

The view from the window of my office was to an abandoned brick factory building. A building that could be so many things: apartments, studio space, offices, shopping. I began drawing again to build my portfolio for architecture school.

I left my job. I moved. I found love. I learned many things in architecture school, but mostly that I needed a life of creativity. That has not translated to becoming an architect (or Autocad jockey), but to expressing my creativity in other ways.

***My Work***

My first linoleum block print (linocut) was made in elementary school - back when they let young children use sharp tools for art projects. I don't remember what that first print was, but I do remember enjoying the process. I was reintroduced to linoleum block printing several years ago and was hooked. I love the process of determining what is black and what is white, or color and the absence of color, drawing, carving, rolling the ink on the linoleum block, and hoping the print will come out as I imagined.

We adopted the first smiling cat from my grandmother and great uncle in 2007. My first smiling cat block print was made as a gift for them that Christmas. I shared that print with the world as a note card, and that appreciation has led to additional prints, cards, and other related products using the smiling cat as a model.

***Why Cats?***

I'm a cat lover. I enjoy watching the antics of housecats and feel the urge to pet every one I see. Cats are endlessly fascinating. Their curiosity and personalities provide so many opportunities for unlikely scenarios and awww! inspiring sweetness. Those scenarios provide for a multitude of humorous designs, sure to make a cat lover smile.

***My Core Values***

CREATIVITY to design, to draw, to print, to paint, to use a needle and thread, to use my hands to explore a variety of different mediums and ways to explore my love of cats.

FREEDOM to use my day as I like: creating and tending to business, or taking a day off if I want to. The freedom of owning my own business means that I have my own schedule and not someone else's.

HONESTY in all aspects of my business and life: my product descriptions and photographs will reflect exactly what you are getting at exactly the price quoted. No substitutions. No unexpected price changes. What you see is what you get.

***The Smiling Cat***

In full and honest disclosure, we are currently without an actual, in-the-fur smiling cat. I miss the companionship in my studio terribly - the meows, the purrs, the furry body on my keyboard – and hope to adopt a new smiling cat soon. In the mean time, I have lots of photos and the occasional friends' cats to sustain me.

***Elsewhere on Etsy***

Also check out my vintage shop, Smiling Cat Vintage (https://www.etsy.com/shop/SmilingCatVintage) where I'm purging family treasures.

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  • Terri

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Artist, writer, historic preservationist, and cat lover who enjoys trying all things creative

Shop policies

Last updated on June 25, 2016
Welcome and thank you for stopping by Smiling Cat Studio! If these policies do not answer all of your questions, please convo.

All items are made by me in a smoke free environment.

If you would like to special order cards or prints of any images you see in my shop or if you see a specific item you would like to order multiples of please contact me.
I am available to do wholesale and consignment, please contact me.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept payments through Etsy and PayPal. Payment must be paid in full and have cleared before item is shipped.

Virginia residents will be charged 5.3% sales tax to keep it legal!
Shipping
I pack all items to minimize the chance of damage during shipment. Unless otherwise specified, all items are shipped via USPS within 2 business days of payment domestically and internationally. Choose your location and Etsy's Calculated Shipping will estimate postage for you. At checkout, you can choose a shipping upgrade to meet your needs.

Shipping within the US always includes delivery confirmation. Customs forms track delivery for international shipping. Any duties, VAT, taxes or customs fees are the buyer's responsibility.

Shipping times vary by location, but items should arrive in 7-14 days. If an item has been delayed longer than that, please let me know. No refunds or replacements will be made for 6 weeks from mailing date on international orders to be sure that the package hasn't gotten stuck in customs. Once the package has left my hands, I am not responsible for shipping and customs delays.
Refunds and Exchanges
All sales are final. However, if something arrives in less than perfect condition or gets lost, convo me and I'll replace it asap!

The buyer is responsible for all shipping if an item is returned. Requests for returns must be made within 14 days of receipt.

The item returned must be received and in perfect condition before a refund is issued. Refunds will not include return shipping charges, Etsy or PayPal fees. A $2 restocking fee will be charged.
Additional policies and FAQs
All items in my shop are original works. Copyright does not transfer with purchase. Copyright is held by me.

I am available to do consignment and wholesale orders. Please convo for more information.