Shoelace plays with the bottle caps used on the metal dress worn in the MmeExcedrin graphic that is the old symbol of The Costumer’s Manifesto. This metal dress was also used as the costume for the Bell in The Bell That Rang For Itself.
In the UAF Costume Shop, Shoelace hunts silverfish and plays bead hockey. She has learned to jump from the cutting table four feet through the air to the crafts table through an embroidery hoop for the amusement of all.
Click photo for larger image. I originally bought this fish tank as a sort of “Cat TV” for Shoelace. After a few weeks, however she lost interest. To get what looks like a spontaneous picture of her peering into the tank I had to do a set-up shot. Just out of site to the left is a reflector lamp shooting tungsten light up into her face, and up through the tank. I bribed the cat into getting into position by putting fish food flakes on the lid of the tank (a favorite of hers). She is, in fact, crouching down to lick the flakes off the lid, not peering into the tank as it seems. In actual fact she cannot even see the fish in this position.
This more dangerous shot is not a set-up however. Shoelace cannot seem to be broken of the habit of crawling into dry-cleaning bags at work. Happily she never presses her nose into them, and so we have been lucky so far at avoiding kitty asphyxiation.
For better safety here is a photo of Shoelace’s observation net, where she could sit out on the 8th floor balcony of Milla’s apartment without danger of an attempt at flying. (Click photo for enlarged view).
She also practices leaping indoors, in this case from one narrow padded chair back to another. This requires she use exactitude in her jump rather than a large leap. Shoelace never misses, but is sometimes so distracted by the thinking involved in calculating the leap that she forgets to eat her treats once she lands.
Shoelace in the Costume Shop During the build of Les Liaisons Dangereuses:
Another cat of our acquaintance, Haoli: