Fantasy Sea Creatures
* Picture of "A Mermaid" by John William Waterhouse, 1901
The theme for this Folksy Friday is ‘Mermaids’.
The background for most fantasy sea creatures stem from myths and legends, and are often linked to historical references and occasional claimed sightings. One of my favourite type of mythical sea creatures are Mermaids! These aquatic creatures are often described as having a female head and upper body, and the tail of a fish!
The name ‘mermaid’ comes from ‘mere’, an old English word for sea, and ‘maid’, a word for woman (the masculine equivalent is merman). Mermaids are often described as beautiful and depicted as Sirens of the Sea (along with water fairies, nymphs and selkies), who tempt sailors with their beauty, charm and enchanting songs. Some stories include instances where a mermaid has transformed her tail for human legs, to live alongside humans. These stories rarely have happy endings, but are never-the-less fascinating.
My love of fantasy and fairytales include these mysterious creatures, and I have chosen a selection to show you below of my work and also that of other talented Artists! All jewellery, prints and accessories shown are available from Folksy.
*Clicking on the pictures will take you to the shop link.
Inspirations from the Sea
Fantasy Mermaid with Shell Locket £15 by Miss Bohemia
Mermaid Mother & Child Pendant £11.99 Mermaid Fantasy Earrings £6 by Miss Bohemia
A collection of Sea themed creations by talented Folksy Artisans
Beautiful ‘Mermaid Teardrop’ Pendant £4 by Mirribeads
Stunning ‘Little Mermaids’ Fused Glass Pendant £7.50 by ToadyBobbins
I love this 'Sea Horse' Shell Necklace £12.99 by Steampunkstorm
Vintage 'Mermaid' 10"x8" £10 by the talented mochalulu
This ‘Swimming mermaids’ silk painting £48 by The Owl and the Pussycat has so much detail!
I shall also be doing a feature some gorgeous jewellery, artwork and accessories inspired by Greek mythology in the next few weeks!
*Medusa by Arnold Böcklin, circa 1878