Being in Spain, France and England for a few weeks this year, I naturally became very aware of both the challenges and the interesting things about language and dialect. When you’re waking up in a new city or country every few days, it’s not hard to absentmindedly mix words from different languages together in the same sentence. When I returned home to the states, I was designing a cat-themed poster when I decided to look up words for “cat” in various languages. That’s how the above poster came to be.
This poster is one of six different giclée art prints being offered with a portion of sales going to the Gifford Cat Shelter in Brighton, MA. The shelter is the oldest no-kill, cageless cat shelter in the United States. It’s been operating since 1884! Here’s more about this dedicated organization.
I’ll be hosting a “First Friday” event at my Boston studio on November 6, with the above mentioned six print images offered to benefit the shelter. There is a limited quantity of each available for this fundraiser, and I encourage anyone interested to pre-order and have their print(s) ready and waiting for them the night of the event. If all 80 of the available prints sell, it will raise $2650 for the shelter!
See the prints and more details about it all here.
If you’re wondering which languages some of those “cat” words above are from, here they are in the order seen on the poster:
Greek: gati or gata
Paula Ogier Artworks