After posting earlier about the upcoming Mermaids and Merwomen in Black Folklore: A Fiber Arts Exhibition in Charleston, South Carolina, I received the following gorgeous email from one Deb DiMarco, who makes the most stunning little glass mermaids. I love these kinds of surprises!
I rec’d your information from Cookie Washington and wanted to share my mermaid story with you. When I was a child many weekends were spent by the ocean at the New Jersey shore. As many young girls do, I often fantasized about being a mermaid; my favorite dream was that I had a team of seahorses that could carry me across the ocean on a clam shell.
Now many year later, I return to the mermaid. I started working with glass in 2003 and one of my recurring themes came to be the mermaid. I have visited and re-visited the mer-form as I continue to work my way through what is soon to be hundreds of mermaids that have somehow been bottled up inside me. They just keep emerging.
Cookie somehow found me on the internet and suggested I might be interested in attending the Charleston Mermaid Event. Although my particular art will not be hung at the gallery, my glass mer-pendants are part of the schwag that is being offered to help with the transportation for Dr. Drewal and other expenses. I have given Cookie 10 of these pendants to help raise funds and will be bringing about 20 more to Charleston.
Inspired by Cookie Washington, I would like to share with you a few photos from my new series, Black Mermaids.
Aren’t they so beautiful? I asked Deb how people can buy her mermaids, other than on the indiegogo site (where they cost 110 smackers that go toward the Mermaids and Merwomen in Black Folklore exhibition) and at the exhibition itself, and she directed me to her studio website and her etsy page. She says she’ll be putting the rest of her multi-national mermaids up today, and that “interested customers can also send a request for photos of available mermaids through my contact page, since these little swimmers seem to come and go so quickly. All pendants are one-of-a-kind, never to be duplicated. Each mermaid is named and comes with a certificate of authenticity.”
I want one!