There are countless ways to honor your pet in the form of art: I’ve got a cross-stitched pillow with my first dog, a chocolate lab named Hammer, designed on it, as well as a sign I purchased on my honeymoon dedicated to my then-cat, Farley, which reads, “A spoiled rotten cat lives here.” Artist Hanna Tsukanova, who is based in Kiev, Ukraine, has added a new way to pay homage to your favorite furry friend: 3-D felt portraits of your pet animals.
Although Tsukanova has a Master’s degree in Journalism and a PhD in Sciences, Social Communcation, as reported by BuzzFeed, she started making lifelike animal portraits about five years ago, originally using sheep’s wool and needles.
“My first toys were like cartoon characters, but over a year ago I tried to make realistic animals,” she told BuzzFeed.
The portraits, which take her about 10 hours each to complete (after several years of finessing her technique) each portrait. “I really love what I do,” Tsukanova told BuzzFeed. “I hope to get more customers soon, too!”
Considering I have yet to add my kittens Gerry and Cookie to my pet art collection, looks like I’m going to tap Tsukanova, who you can find on Instagram @runo_art and Etsy at her store Runo Art Pets.
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