Ideas tumble out
Words, characters, craft and song
Writing feeds my soul
Tell us a little about the origins of Kitty and Cadaver
Kitty and Cadaver began as an idea for a book about a sweet young woman who does make-up for the dead in a funeral home. It grew into a story about a rock and roll band that saves the world from monsters using music as magic, and about Kitty’s mysterious past, and the secrets each of the band members have – and about family and sacrifice too. It ended up as a multimedia project – there’s a song in each chapter, we have artwork, and the Kitty and Cadaver jewellery project came about as one of the characters wears jewellery made up of the broken musical instruments of the band members who died fighting monsters.
Hence the Kitty and Cadaver jewellery project – making jewellery and craft out of broken musical instruments.
Describe your creative process.
I’m interested in the world, and in the light and shade of the daily adventure of being human, so my writing generally reflects that, using humour as well as horror to explore notions of family, love, redemption and growth. Practically speaking, I get an idea, make notes about how it will shape up in story form and then start writing.
With the Kitty project sprawling all over the place, I’ve been seeking out like minded creative people to do things where I like the skills. So I write lyrics, but my niece, Jess Harris, who plays with Bad Uncle, writes the music. My craft skills are limited, so I invited some talented craft artisans to join me in the project. I’ve written a comic book script too, telling one character’s ‘secret origins’, and I have a wonderfully talented artist – Nath Holden – lined up for that, but we need some funding first so that he has the materials to draw and colour it.
What inspires you the most?
Passionate, creative people.
Name some of your most favourite local artists and designers.
I’m a huge fan of Julia DeVille’s work, which walks a line between the macabre and the beautiful. Her memento mori pieces are superb. http://juliadeville.com/
What are your ultimate dreams for Kitty and Cadaver?
For the book series to sell; for the jewellery project to continue to showcase and develop the careers of the three artists who work with me – KRin Pender-Gunn, Breanna Handfield and Amy Chidgzey. Fro the album to come together and the comic book to be done, and to keep collaborating with inventive, creative people.
What will will we find from Kitty and Cadaver at our October Bend and Snap Market?
Beautiful and unusual earrings, necklaces, hair sticks and brooches made from the remnants of broken violins, guitars, a piano and a banjo we got recently.
Savour every single item on the delish 1000 £ Bend menu (including ALL DAY breakfast) with us and let your inspiration burst with all the wonderful wares on display from all of our darling stall holders: COLOUR BOX STUDIO, GYPSY’S SEWING BOX, EELAV MCBEE, INANNA GLOBAL THREADS, JULIAN DE LIO, KITTY & CADAVER, MAYBELLINI, ME U, MITCH ELSON,
MS. MURPHY FLOWERS, PLATED IMAGE, OLIVIA YORK, RALEIGH MADE, SLATER PACE, TOM CARTOONIST, THAT DAPPER CHAP, TWIN, VCTORIA VCTORIA and YEN YEN LO.