Since childhood Stephanie Muehlberger liked to draw “strange males and mythical creatures”.  She said she could listen better while drawing faces.  I believe her, because I was the same way.  Filling page after page of drawings of my girls and women while the teacher droned on, yet somehow absorbing it all.

She left art for a while, but came back to it later. 

With the children and a move to the country came the paper mache. What a revelation to be able to represent my strange ladies in three dimensions without a kiln and high costs!

But at first it was all the kitties who suddenly wanted to live with us too, whom I formed and painted – this is how KITTIEKAT came about – and the name has stayed, although well-formed women have gained the upper hand.

My studio is a magical place that lets time pass differently, always chaotic, never big enough. In the meantime, other artists, big and small, come to me to succumb to the magic of paper and glue.

I enjoy Muehlberger’s work so much.  The humor, the fact that she creates almost as many male figures as she does women.  The people seem to have total acceptance of their saggy uneven breasts going every which way; big bellies and unremarkable faces.  Their appearance in no way affects who they are or what they are doing.  I love that.

Stefanie Mühlberger, … has no desire for too much seriousness in art (and the artists), hangs around at craft markets, at home for a long time in Karlsruhe, emigrated to the country, on Gardening failed, but got to know a lot of kitties, which were quickly captured on canvas and in malleable mass.

In the meantime, a lot of noble ladies and goddesses have joined them.

Works in her studio in Karlsruhe with paper, paper mache, paperclay and brush.  And sometimes on the sewing machine. 

As a lecturer, encourages other artists, big and small, to be creative.

If the day had 48 hours, she would have 5 Etsyshops for all the different things that there are to do.

As it is, she only has one Etsy Shop and I urge you to check it out.

As usual, here are some of my favorite examples of Stephanie (Kittiekat) Muehlberger’s art and there is a lot more where that came from on my Pinterest page devoted to her fat art –


  1. Thank you so much for the link to Stefanie Muehlberger’s whimsical delights. I can see where my holiday
    gifties are going to come from.

    And you – well, just hang in there with the Kaiser folk. It WILL work out.

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