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Why Calgary artist Jeff de Boer makes armour for mice and cats

What's it like to be an internationally known visual artist celebrated for creating armour... for mice and cats? Calgary-based artist Jeff de Boer knows... he's been doing it for decades. And it turns out there's some pretty special meaning in it for him, plus a challenge from the mainstream art world.

We're not kitten around, and neither is he

Alberta-based visual artist Jeff de Boer makes armour for cats and mice. And for decades, collectors around the world have been buying it. Jeff let CBC Arts into a studio to see his work and have a chat about why he does what he does, and some of the challenges of being an artist who fortifies small creatures. 4:07

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