I bet Abe Lincoln loved cats but couldn’t have one. That’s all the steampunk you need.
Do these people just not know what steampunk is? They just know the word is popular and put it on everything?
Yeah, pretty much. If it was just a stuffed cat we wouldn’t be featuring it. Tag abuse deserves mockery. – BD
Definitely just cheating with the tag.
If it actually had the little hat and goggles, I’d buy it. =)
Come on guys, start crafting!
This pillow also looks like it was made from a cat that loved life but doesn’t have it anymore.
You don’t usually hear Folkart and Steampunk in the same sentence. The next time MIL drags me to the Folk Art museum I think I will comment on all the Steampunk and wait for the steam to come out her ears. Now that will be true art!
There’s something creepy about suggesting that this could be used in place of an actual pet.
#3 I agree!! That Photoshop kitty is so cute!!!
OK crafters I am open to learnin: “needlesculpted?” plez xplain
What Roy Rogers did to Trigger was more steampunk than this.
well SOMEBODY has a super high opinion of their craft….gettin’ all wordy and shit.
correct me if i’m wrong, but isn’t needlesculpturing just a fancy word for sewing?
as for the steampunk aspect…only if it comes with the hat & goggles -
Not only is it not Steampunk, it also isn’t “Primitive FolkArt”! It’s like a bonus side of failsauce!
#10 curlytopnola :
It’s like 3-D sewing:
My first response is awww, that looks just like my cat that passed away yesterday.
My second response is I don’t see mixed-media, and this ain’t fiber art.
#8 Stretch65, it’s not even needle sculpted. Unless it is and the pictures don’t show it but I highly doubt that.
Needle sculpting is a method of manipulating fabric with a needle and thread. Most often used in art dolls to form the faces so they look more like a real human face.
Maybe I can sell some fake cat food recipes for this stuffed steampunk kitty.
They will be copywrited, of course.
I’m very sorry to hear about your loss, #13 kirstenrana . Just please resist the temptation to get your lost family member immortalized as either a pillow or on a pink canvas with foofy wings.
Also, I’m pretty sure that all this thing is, is one of the those panels you can buy that all you have to do is follow the directions and you have a stuffed cat, or an apron. Meaning all she did was sew up a bunch of already made pieces and is trying to make it sound like she did a massive amount of work on this thing.
There’s actually a stuffed cat (also a dog one) panel at work but I can’t remember what it looked like.
Maybe after living 9 lives kitty has a bit of an identity crisis.
@ kirstenrana~So sorry about your cat!
According to Professor Tarquin Agitatus-Whitbottom, ‘needlesculpting’ is the means of fashioning a Time-Travel-Cushion: “you see, within this seemingly inert faux-kitty, there resides a vast and busy machination of cogs and springs and valves ever working to carry one through time…” See also: loomwelding, lace-engineering, sculpeytechture, scissorfacturing.
Steampunk: UR doin’ it wrong.
That’s just creepy, in addition to being not only not steampunk, but not primitive, folk-art, or retro, either.
I’m surprised they didn’t add “rockabilly” and “vintage” for good measure, since they seem to ascribe to the Random and Haphazard School of Description.
Yes, the steampunk quilt proxy-cat is indeed a mixed-media mystery of primitive folksiness.
Even the cat pillow thingie looks mortified to be listed as steampunk.
My black and white three-legged cat that’s a real kitty is more steampunk than this.
Seriously, I have a cat with three legs. And she’s black and white. And she’s more steampunk than this.
#15 Wilma Fingerdoo : you are best to copyrite instead of copyright
#24 Patty is NOT Steampunk! : I had a neighbor who had a 3 legged black lab. He chewed his own leg off to be free from a fence he was caught in. That is just fucking amazing and makes humans look like this pussy does.
Jeez, seller could have at least glued some watch parts on the cat.
or an octopus pin
I thought I’d be able to figure out what steampunk actually is by context, but I’m just not getting it. Can someone explain?
*hides under desk with embarrassment*
What if I’m allergic to cats and don’t want one no matter what? Not even a stuffed, non-non-steampunk one?
#24, Patty, PRETTY PLEASE tell me your cat is named Eileen.
$30 bucks for this? Uh, no thank you! I’d rather take that money and adopt a real cat who needs a home.
#28 cratz : it’s basically a sci-fi genre that instead of dealing with futuristic stuff (like Star Trek/Stargate), it’s like we were in the 1800s making stuff futuristic with available machinery (think the movie 9 or *cries* Wild Wild West with Will Smith)
She really missed some marketing opportunities. This should be listed as a reborn whimsicle steampunk rockabilly cat simulacrum that looks into your soul. Oh, and it should have been sculpted out of stained denim for more authenticity.
Somewhere a manlow is posting pictures of his missing kitty.
cousin to photoshop cat from months ago. only link to the archaic past i can think of.
Awwwww-I really, really like it! Sadly, my style is not at all Steampunk, so I will be unable to buy it
Maybe–maybe these people are using steam-powered sewing machines the size of pipe organs. Maybe they live in a futuristic-yet-Victorian utopia where something like a needlecrafted stuffed cat would be edgy and cool and, since it was crafted on the pipe organ sewing machine.. steampunk?
I don’t know, it’s the only explanation that keeps me from weeping. I’d rather live in denial than admit that some people are this clueless.
because sewn and stuffed cheap, cotton , bargain-bin panel, just didn’t have PANACE….
Unless this morphs after midnight into a mechanical steam-powered cat I believe she may have missed the mark.
kirstenrana-I am sorry about your kitty.
Judging by the cat’s look, it’s caught in the path of a speeding time machine.
Main Entry: steampunk
Part of Speech: n
Definition: 1. a genre of science fiction set in Victorian times when steam was the main source of machine power; also written steam-punk
2. used as a code word on a crafting website called etsy.com that means junk; also crap.
#26 RCB- hers was from a birth defect, her tail is about 2 inches too short too.
#30 pplrdum- They wouldn’t let me name her Stumpy or Gimpy. Her name is Arwen.
Yes, that’s a fat-roll along her side. (she’s missing the right rear leg)
I think “steampunk” is Etsy for aloha. DUH! That has to be it.
Pardon me while I allez change the identification of all my microfilm to correspondence with current Etsy legislate.
42- we have a cat that looks like that. We call him Bob since he was born with just a stump for a tail. he has all four legs though. John’s brother use to say that if he died he would come back as a cat…..we think Bob is him……..x
I just showed this to my cat. To paraphrase Queen Victoria, he was NOT amused.
@Patty-your kitty is cute!
OMG @ Patty -If I’m not mistaken, Arwen has a genuine handlebar whisker mustache-that is steampunk kitty style.
Can we print this as a shirt?
Maybe a double sided shirt?
Plain cat with “Not Steampunk”
Top hat and begoggled cat as “Is Steampunk!” or “Iz Steempunkk” if we’re keeping with LOL-speak
@43 – footofcanal…
totally off topic, but i think i bought your print of the cypress tree in the winter for my dad…it’s hanging in his office…
did you sell out of that little art spot next to louisiana pizza kitchen @ the french market?
Wow, I guess my grandmother is steampunk as F@&K!
“#31 pila12903 :
$30 bucks for this? Uh, no thank you! I’d rather take that money and adopt a real cat who needs a home.”
WORD. thank you.
I never would have guessed that my high school librarian was steampunk. I guess I should have known. The sweat shirts covered in cats should have given it away. I guess that means her many cats were in fact steampunk cats, or steamcats for short.
You all just don’t know it, but this is LEVEL 4 steampunk.
I can’t believe she forgot to mention “SEXY VINTAGE ROCKABILLY GOTH BOHO PUNK INDIE CHIC” in her title…
Translating Item Title:
Primitive – Skill Deficient
Folkart – Tourist Trap Trash
Retro – Out Of Fashion By 20 Years
SteamPunk – Hope To Cash In On Current Fad
Kitty Cat – For Women
Soft – Lonely Women
Sculpture – Anything With Three Dimensions
Mixed Media – Construction Materials Vary
Art – Something That Most Don’t Understand
Pillow – Lonely Lonely Women
Ornament – That Will Fit On A Tree
Thus, the title should be:
Skill Deficient Tourist Trap Trash Out Of Fashion By 20 Years Which I Hope To Cash In On Current Fad For Women, Lonely Women Who Want Anything With Three Dimensions Varied Construction Materials Something That Most Don’t Understand Except Lonely Lonely Women Who Will Fit It On A Tree
The kitty cat sits
His eyes watch me as I sleep
Nightmares through the night
#16 Mistletoe: This is even better, no?
This person has like 4 shops and overuses the word steam punk in all of them! For example:
Thx, leftfoot, jojo, and others who offered info on steampunk. I wouldn’t think that it would be enough of a thing that it would even have a name. Go figure.
There is only one cat in this world I would refer to as steam-punk.
Patty, I always thought that if I ended up with a 3-legged dog, his name would be Tre; if it was a girl, it would be Eileen. Unless, of course, it was a shih tzu: then her name would be Irene.
Primitive =/= Folkart =/= Retro =/= SteamPunk =/= Mixed Media (and especially) =/= Art
Reminded me of this, people just tag their items with every word they know.
Honestly, this is one step up from those cardboard cat and baby cutouts they used to sell in the ’80′s.
#17 Orlana, you’re right. You can buy the panel for $7 on ebay, and it has a second cat printed on it as well. I don’t think sewing two flat pieces together and stuffing it qualifies for a $23 fee, but then I’m into all that fancy sewing like making clothes and quilts (not for sale tho). I haven’t made anything this simple since I was five years old, maybe the price has gone up?
Though the mistagging continues to infuriate me, I must say that I fiercely covet the corseted mini top-hat you photoshopped onto the cat in the second picture. I would totally buy this if it actually was a little cat pillow with goggles and top hat!
#60 P-Kitty :
I love that! Still not steampunk though. Oscar has no cogs.
HERE is a steampunk kitty:
Man, she’s a tag/title abuser first class!
Look at the tags on these birds: http://www.etsy.com/listing/43631855/primitive-folkart-sampler-americana?ref=v1_other_1
” vintage, art, bird, quilts, retro, steampunk, primitives, folkart, supplies, jewelry, crafts, sewing notions, hooked rugs, beads ”
It can’t be vintage because at the very least her descriptions say she hand embroidered the eyes.
How is this at all related to sewing notions, quilts, jewelry, hooked rugs or beads?
OMG, all 4 shops are a hot mess. Everything is either in the wrong category, doesn’t belong on Etsy at all, or the tags are so irrelevant that if tag abuse were a crime, she’d be put away for life.
Wow, and here, I’ve been calling my jewelry “retro style with a modern twist” to make my shop title seem kind-of-sort-of relevant. I should just call all my jewelry vintage! Or hey–how about MODERN vintage! Y’know, since we’re going to be putting words that don’t belong together anyway.
All that said, I predict a sale. And soon. (Not by me, I’m allergic to Steampunk.)
How has no one noticed that this is the “next level” cat?!
We’ve reached Level 9.
Don’t worry! He’s also vintage.
Should I be embarrassed…but I think that is cute.
But it´s definitely NOT steampunk. If seller couldn´t decide is it steampunk or retro or folkart or something we can decide it for her: wHimsIcalreTRoWTFstEaMpunkFUckeryfOlkarT!
Or just: kittypillow. You pick.
I want the photoshopped one!
Do you understand that I NEED the “I can haz diffrenz enjin” cat poster? Do you understand that? I need that on a poster and a tote and a t-shirt.
That’s exactly what my Sir Chugginton throw head cushion needed – some bespectacled ocular protection and a lace-up topper. Now only if they could replaced my futuristic micro-fibers with something more fitting like the buckwheats, I think we can be on our merry way, what what?
#48 curlytopnola :
I did not open an Etsy page or even attempt to sell any of my work til I moved to texas and I have yet to sell one photograph. I think its awesome that you know about both my shop and that photo though. It means I am at least getting visitors. I could just kiss you!! MMMMMMMWOA
I’m fairly certain that we sell a stuffed animal panel with this exact cat on it at work (I work at a fabric store). We had some with dogs, and some fleece ones with elephants and lions and such.
For the record, Steampunk props CAN be examples of folk art. In fact, I delivered a paper on that very topic at the International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts this year.
Not that that should in any way be construed as endorsing what this person did, but if someone wants to call their Steampunk props examples of folk art, there’s about a 30% chance that they’re right!
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