Friday, May 9, 2008

Fairytale Project: The Little Mermaid

This was my first challenge with Plush Team, and it was a lot of fun! I was partnered up with the very sweet Area Thrifty One, and she chose The Little Mermaid as her favourite fairytale. She's a big fan of the Hans Christian Anderson version, and has never seen the Disney version of this story, although she loves a very tragic anime version of the story that premiered in 1979. So, I wanted to try and make my plush capture the emotions of the original fairytale, stay away from the one that is heavily merchandised, but possibly keep her animated looking. After several sketches and hours of work, this is what I came up with:

Area Thrifty One said that she really likes the darkness that fairytales have (I have to agree with her!). She loves The Little Mermaid sculpture in Copenhagen, because she looks so sad as she stares out at sea, since she is not really part of the land, and she is no longer a part of the sea.

At first I thought of giving The Little Mermaid legs and feet, try to show her sadness of being removed from the sea, but then I thought she wouldn't really look like The Little Mermaid upon first glance (and there's no way I could come close to replicating the famous statue in Copenhagen!). So I decided to keep her in mermaid form, but to make her sad, and to definitely stay away from the identifiable Disney colours. ^_~ I added netting on the blue background to symbolize her feeling of being trapped. There are a couple of starfish trapped in the net, too. ^_^

The Little Mermaid has been made with felt, mesh, and she's been both machine and hand sewn. She will be available in my Etsy shop. Thanks Plush Team & Moons Creations for a very fun challenge. Area Thrifty One, I hope I did your fairytale justice! ^_^;

Thanks for looking!

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Net said...

Oh my, I love her - she is gorgeous! Her face is so sad and sweet and the netting is inspired! She's a perfect combination of beautiful and sad and the colours are so great together.

Congratulations on an inspired piece of plush-making, Violet Peppermint!

I'm AreaThriftyOne, btw ;)

squirrelmomma said...

You did such a great job with this challenge-I love the netting over the felt!

Moon's Creations said...

Fantastic work! I love how much emotion you were able to capture in her!

quirkycrab said...

That is so beautiful.

moogan said...

she's tragically beautiful

Kooky said...

She is so beautiful! Well done!

emilybee said...

Net - Oh, I'm so happy that you like her! ♥ I love the reason why this fairytale means a lot to you, and I hoped that I was able to capture some of that in my plush. This has been such a fun challenge! ^_^

Squirrelmomma - Thanks so much! ^_^

moon's creations - Thanks! I really enjoyed creating emotion through a plushie. ^_^

quirkycrab - Thanks! ^_^

moogan - Thank-you! ^_^

kooky - Thanks so much! ^_^

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