Anemone Mermaid designed by Madeleine Sara Maddocks
I was inspired by the idea that since humans like to embellish themselves with jewellery and tattoos, this mermaid would adorn herself in the latest sea life fashion.
I studied pictures of fish tails and the female form to get her shape, as I imagined it should look. I never think Mermaids would feel embarrassed by their nakedness and I hope I offend no-one by thier lack of modesty! I crocheted the plankton-seaweed necklaces and was inspired to embellish them further with beads, after seeing some wonderful influences in Patti Culea’s excellent book “Creative Cloth Doll Making”.
Anemone’s tail is made from some beautifully embroidered, pink Indian fabric, which I further embellished with ribbon, beading, embroidery, knotwork and stumpwork. The starfish and anemones are made using the needle weaving technique, whilst the coral is knot work.
I used commercially mixed fibres, wools and ribbons in shades of pink for the hair of one of my pink mermaids and Yadeno mohair for the one above and painted their faces with acrylic fabric paints. The face and bust have some needle- sculpting. Arms, body and face are made from Parfait Pimatex fabric.