How it all began...
It was one of the opening days of the Mermaid Cove at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Through the dusty pathways, hot, bright sun, and the long wait in line, swam a mermaid enclosed in a small tank. Her long hair twirled around her and her tail flipped gracefully in the water, reflecting the sunlight.
A small girl approached the tank with wonder and awe on her face as the mermaid gazed at her, a smile on her lips while she sang an enchanting tune. The girl turned to her father, her pig tails wiggling defiantly. She placed her hands on her hips and gleefully cried "See, Dad? I told you mermaids were real!"
Where we are now...
Since that day we, Abby and Bryn Roberts, have become enthralled with the art form of creating mermaids. If mermaids were real, what would they look like? How would they differ from one another? Would they resemble more a culture of people or a species of wild animal?
This project seeks to delve deeper into those ideas by creating four, entirely unique and individual mermaids to be filmed and photographed in the ocean waters off of Hawaii with underwater photographer, Alicia Franco. This requires not only research of ancient myth, oceanic legends, study of real life aquatic species and pure, intense imagination, but also a heavy skill set necessary to work with the materials used to create a mermaid, including tails, tops and prosthetics.
These materials include but are not limited too…
A high end, platinum cure silicone called “Dragon Skin silicone”, liquid plastics, oil based clays, silicone based pigments and paints, special casting powders and resins, lycra fabrics/netting, sewing accoutrements, monofins, and plastic casts and molds.
We have the knowledge and skill required to work with these materials. However, they are very expensive. This is where you come in. The money raised in this project will go towards the materials necessary to create these tails and payment for our underwater photographer.
Why this is so important for us as a business...
Each of the plastic molds produced from these tails will become permanent installments in our tail making business- Finfolk Productions. These beautifully sculpted molds will then be available to create new mermaid tails for companies, entertainers, performers, films, or enthusiasts. So not only is this project expanding our portfolio with new creations and beautiful photography, it is substantially adding to our permanent stock of materials that can be reused again and again.
Our team and purpose...
We have assembled a unique team composed of ourselves and two competitive swimmers, Alyssa Adair and Maddie Wikstrom, to bring to the ocean waters of Hawaii during August of 2013. We have dubbed our group Team Moana, "moana" being the Hawaiian word for "ocean". The tropical settings of Hawaii make for the perfect display of our artwork- a vision of real life mermaids among the most beautiful corals and creatures Oahu has to offer.
The purpose of this project is to raise money for the supplies, photographer and intricate details needed to make these mermaids and bring them to Hawaii. Money raised in this kickstarter will not be going towards hotel and lodging expenses, air fare, food, sightseeing, or other excursions during our time in Hawaii.
By donating to this Kickstarter, you are becoming a part of this vision- to make myth a reality through hard work, imagination, and art.
“You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work, and you must not let anyone define you limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul… only the fearless can be great.” –Ratatouille
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is, most obviously, creating the tails. There will be countless hours poured into designing, sculpting, molding, and painting each tail to make sure it is the absolute best piece of work we can create. Not only do the tails need to be individually designed and painted, but there must be thorough thought put into the functionality of each tail- how it will move and flow in the water and achieving the correct amount of propulsion for the swimmer to swim with ease.
On top of all of our studio work to make the tails, our team will spend the weeks leading up to the Hawaii Experience in a pool training and conditioning for the physical demands of swimming in the ocean.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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