Amy Johnson's avatar Amy Johnson

LaSirena is a sculptural beaded mermaid, the siren of the sea. A year ago I envisioned a sculptural beaded piece in the form of a mermaid and she became a very persistent muse while I travelled to art fairs last summer. Concentrating on my inventory of jewelry for the shows I had to put her aside until the 'art show' season ended in October. I began by building a clay structure of the anatomy as a model for the individual parts. Each step brought new challenges in both the beading techniques and the mechanical structure of my mermaid. The dress is done in a bead embroidery technique, stitching on one bead at a time with a needle and thread. The torso is beaded in a right angle weave stitch, formed to fit around a stuffed fabric base. The hair is done in a fringing method, working in fresh water pearls and creating coral-like stems to replicate the life of the sea. A collection of beaded sealife is added to the base to complete the piece. Approximately 500 hours to complete.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 16
  • Medium: Beaded Sculpture
  • Width: 18
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 24