The Naming of Cats (Eliot's Cats Series) by dosankodebbie

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The words on this etegami are a quote from the poem “The Naming of Cats” from the book Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S.Eliot.
This is an original Etegami, hand-painted with sumi ink and water soluble gansai paints on an absorbent washi card.

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I am a professional Japanese-to-English translator and an Etegami artist. Etegami is a traditional Japanese folk art that combines thoughtful words with simple images painted on washi paper.

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  • dosankodebbie
    dosankodebbieabout 2 years ago

  • lisa roberts
    lisa robertsabout 2 years ago

    This is great

  • Thank you, Lisa. :)

    – dosankodebbie

  • Shylie Edwards
    Shylie Edwardsabout 2 years ago

    oh yes so so clever!!

  • T.S.Eliot was clever. :)

    – dosankodebbie

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinabout 2 years ago

    :)) that look is soooo familiar! now i know why….

  • You must have a cat, then? :)

    – dosankodebbie

  • Jenifer  Bunnett
    Jenifer Bunnettabout 2 years ago

    Delightful. I learned several of the poems from that book by heart, when I was small, and recite them to this day! I still have my original copy too. So your lovely illustration leapt out at me!

  • I haven’t tried to memorize the poems, but they really are catchy, aren’t they. I did a series a year or two ago, illustrating each of the poems in the book. I thought I had gotten it out of my system after that, but I guess I hadn’t. ;p

    – dosankodebbie

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedabout 2 years ago


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    Thank you for the inspiration ☺

  • Thank you!

    – dosankodebbie

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeabout 2 years ago

    Very Cute!

  • You’re sweet to say so.

    – dosankodebbie

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynabout 2 years ago

    magic work !!!

  • Why, thank you very much, Guendalyn!

    – dosankodebbie

  • Carol and Mike Werner
    Carol and Mike...about 2 years ago

    Delightful work . . .

  • I’m honored.

    – dosankodebbie

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerabout 2 years ago

    How adorable of an image :o)

  • Thank you very much. You must be a cat person. :)

    – dosankodebbie

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