|The fairest of maidens is sitting
Unwittingly wondrous up there,
Her golden jewels are shining,
She's combing her golden hair.
I was inspired to make a mermaid type character after having visited Lorelei Rock in Germany back in 2009 and also visiting the 100
islands of Pangasinan Philippines where while beach combing had the idea of collecting shells to one day put on a dress. I really love the
Lorelei folk song and had it playing in my head while making this.
To start with, the dress is a recycled prom dress that I found on discount in the wet markets of the Philippines. My grandma haggled
with the dealer to get me this for a super low price. The color of the dress was perfect! I knew right away I wanted to make my
mermaid costume from it. All the shells on this costume were collected on the beach in the Philippines and brought back to Japan where
i washed, bleached and colored them.
I made the crown with air dry clay for the spires mounted on a generic headband. The wig is two wigs together, the base blue wig and
a green sacrificial wig used for wefts. I added seaweed (actually its fish tank plants) to give it more volume and sewed some beads into
it as well.
The harp is cardboard covered over with polystyrene sheeting and then accented with shells, glass and some paper clay coral swirls.