Although Canadian artist Jeff de Boer earned his degree in jewelry design, I'm most interested in his other passion — making suits of armor for mice, cats, and people, too. In the fall of 1986, he used his professional training and skills picked up from his dad (a tinsmith), to create what's likely the first (and only) suit of armor for a squeaker. In the past he's had solo exhibitions of over 140 original objects, a full-color book of his art, and various other accolades. However, because much of this happened back before the era of Google, I'm just finding out about this guy now. Jeff continues to release his wild art, like the "Samurai Cat," created just last year. Meowza! His mini suits of armor are so detailed that I couldn't resist making a gallery of my faves. Don't worry, animal activists — they're just for show so check out the works when you read more.
Wild Art: Shielding Cats and Mice . . . From Each Other?