When someone mentions “black cats” (as my partner in a Halloween swap did), it brings to mind two iconic images. My inspiration for this project comes from second of those two icons. More on the first later, but for this project, “The Black Cat Poster” or, Théophile Steinlen’s 1896 advertisement for the cabaret, Le Chat Noir:
The Cabaret on the right was located at 68 Boulevard de Clichy, Paris-Montmartre. What a great building for this project. Here’s my Halloween-influenced interpretation of Le Chat Noir:
The windows are isinglass (thin sheets of mica). All of the trim is wood.
One of my favorite bits:
And the Le Chat Noir Moon sign:
I loved working on this project, because everywhere I turned, I was reminded of the iconic “black cat” image for me, my buddy-boy, Spike (1982-1991):