When I first started creating art dolls, I began making soft sculpture mermaids using the techniques created by Gloria “Mimi” Winer. I thought all I would ever make were mermaids! So much so that I first called my business Nereid Designs.
Nereid are from Greek mythology, and Wikipedia describes them as “sea nymphs, the 50 daughters of the ‘Old Man of the Sea’ Nereus and the Oceanid Doris, sisters to their brother Nerites. They often accompany Poseidon, the god of the sea, and can be friendly and helpful to sailors.” Nereid are mostly depicted in art as human in form, but I feel they could have been mermaids.
It didn’t take me long to realize that I was limiting my creativity quite a bit by narrowing my work to just mermaids, so made a name change. If you ever see something on social media with the name Nereid Designs, that was me!
With summer around the corner, my thoughts have returned to my roots, so to speak, and created this little, sleeping mermaid.
I try whenever I can to reuse and repurpose materials, and that is the case with this little one. Several years ago, I found this ball of yarn at a thrift shop and brought it home, hanging on to it for quite some time. The color reminded me of moss or kelp/seaweed so I thought sooner or later it was going to come in handy.
Using the yarn and repurposing a bit of plastic netting from a vegetable bag reused as a rug hooking canvas, I was able to fashion a kelp bedding for Eva. Adding a few seashells from my collection and tying them to the bed helps add to the effect.
Eva herself has a Northern moon snail shell as a headdress. Her tail is made from some beautiful embroidered scrap fabric given to me from a local shop, Threads of Time, that makes quality costumes. If you are in need of a medieval outfit, I highly recommend you look at their clothing made here in Salem Massachusetts.
I added some beading from my stash of beads that matched wonderfully with the color of the fabric.
Eva is sculpted from paper clay and colored with watercolor and acrylic paints, then sealed with matte varnish. Her head moves a bit from side to side and her arms can be posed.
Eva is available in my Etsy shop!
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