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Fur Babies case inspirations.

My reed cases have always given me a creative outlet and I really enjoy the process of designing a new image. I seem however to have developed a bit of a theme that has been embraced by my clients. That inspiration has come from my two fur babies, Tris and Beatrice. 

I always wanted cats but my better half was allergic to them. After many years of hinting and subtly nagging he finally said yes and off I went. No pet shop for me, I went straight to a small rescue centre in Sydney called Butterfly Wings Animal Rescue. There I came across the most beautiful little cat called Beatrice. She had an angelic face, the most beautiful markings and real inquisitive nature. Even better she was deaf which I thought at the time was great in a household of musicians. There was just one catch, she really was no good on her own and needed the companionship of her brother Tris, a tri colour male. So there I was trying to explain to Drew that I was looking at not only a disabled kitty but a genetically challenged one too. 

Lucky for me I got the best of both worlds with these two. Beatrice is a real explorer and escape artist, I taught her simple sign language commands and take her for walks on her lead. Tris is my big loveable cuddle bear who has to have a paw on you at all times. Thankfully Drew's allergies have subsided and he too has embraced their crazy lifestyle. I even set up their own instagram account. 

So how is this related to bassoon? Well it is not but it has become a request I often get when designing custom work for people. They too want a way of celebrating their fur babies on a reed case. 

 

 

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