With the sun streaming through my window I've been busy creating these "fishy" little ditties for an up coming event I'm involved with. I am very excited to have been asked to exhibit and sell some of my creations at a Lewes Open House Event this May. I was contacted by the house owner, Vanessa Mooncie, and asked if I would like to showcase my work at her home when she opens it to the public. Vanessa, is a contemporary silkscreen artist and illustrator, who also specialises in crochet jewellery design through her company Kissy Suzuki. Vanessa specifically asked for certain art pieces that I offer and my bottled mermaids were one of them. These four new designs were put together today in readiness for the Open House. Each are created on thick cardstock, the mermaid torsos are taken from vintage images that I collect and the fins are then printed onto acetate and fixed to the upper body to create the mermaid image. I tried something different with the first piece and created the mermaid inside a fish bowl, the fish is escaping and I have spelt out the phrase "I'm outta here" using vintage lettering and then giving the letters a glass domed effect using Glossy Accents Liquid by Inkssentials.
The bottles and fish bowl are also printed onto acetate and the mermaids fixed behind them to give the illusion that they are captured inside. Pretty adornments are then added to the bottles to give them a more vintage feel and a tag with the words "Bottled Mermaid, Do Not Shake!" is tied to the bottle top.
All of the above pieces will be available for sale at Vanessa's Open House Event. More information on this along with the address and opening times will follow in a later post. I am also selling again at the Wealden Mid-Summer Fair in June, information on this can be found here!