Here is the mermaid fabric sculpture Eleanor and I made recently as part of our school’s Textile and Craft exhibition which I am organising. Each class is making a project based on Nature and the Sea using a variety of materials and crafts. This exhibition marks the Year of Craft as designated by the Crafts council of Ireland. Eleanor’s class are doing an under the water theme and we have already felted  a background for the display. The mermaid will be part of this display as well.  Here are some photos of the progression. The basic form was constructed using florist wire, tinfoil and kitchen paper to bulk it out before adding various fabrics which were dipped in Paverpol first. We sat the mermaid on a brick which was covered in a piece of silk painted another night by a friend at one of our craft nights and left behind forgotten. We collected some seaweed for added effect and I used some old rope dipped in bronze coloured paverpol for the hair. We used a tiny plant pot for the treasure chest and some broken costume jewellery.

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