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Owl Cats And Morrissey Dolls – Interview With Liz Kenny, Creator of Bettie’s Pets

April 20, 2014

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I met Liz, the creator of Bettie’s Pets and her animal creations at a Manchester WI clothes swap party. I was lucky enough to win one of her personalised pets in a competition and I requested a Shih Tzu with an under bite like Dougal, my favourite pooch. The resemblance was uncanny.

Her creativity is infectious e.g. when Liz carved a pumpkin for Halloween, she didn’t just butcher a wonky grin like the majority would. Instead, she chiseled a sculpture that would give Tim Burton a run for his money. She then casually threw together a Raven made from leather gloves adding her own hand-beaded embellishments to complete the theme!

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Liz stitches intricate replicas of people’s pets over at Bettie’s Pets, she also designs and makes costumes at the Royal Exchange Theatre. In this interview Liz discusses her favourite tunes to craft along to, plans for Morrissey dolls and the time it takes to create an ‘Owl Cat’.

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What are your favourite tunes to craft along to?

I love music, music and cups of tea are essential work-buddies. In fact, I keep meaning to do some dolls based on Rock Stars (well… Morrissey!). I have eclectic taste but my latest faves are Deap Vally, Tame Impala and Sleigh Bells. I’m not cool though, I also have B*Witched on my i-pod.

Owl Cat is pretty adorable, how long did he take to make? (Pictured above)

It usually takes a few weeks to make each pet, depending on the size and specifications. The Owl-Cat  has taken nearly two months because it was so different to anything else I’ve made.

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Which pet are you most proud of?

Probably the first pet I ever made, a big tabby cat called Beefie because I wasn’t sure I would be able to do it. I still sometimes feel like that and it’s a buzz when it actually comes together. I love a challenge!

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Tell us more about your work at the Royal Exchange

I’m a volunteer Wardrobe Assistant at the Royal Exchange. It’s really good fun, you never know who will walk through the door. It could be anyone from a CBBC presenter to someone throwing a fancy dress party. I help people choose costumes and I also get to make them too, which is a fantastic opportunity.

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You can see more of Liz’s work and shop the Bettie’s Pets collection over at  www.etsy.com/shop/bettiespets

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