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Meridian Mer-Gyver

Pomona, CA

ABOUT

I am a teacher, a wife, a creator, a mermaid and above all I am totally true to myself. I love to make things with my two little hands. I spin, sew, crochet and knit, dabble in jewelry making and art dolls. My whole life has been about creating and making things. I have jumped for one genre of art to the next and often times back again! But it was the Spinning Wheel and fiber art that took my heart by storm. My mother-in-law gave me my first spinning wheel in 2009, I taught myself to spin and could not stop. Everything I create is a piece of me, a reflection of my personality, and glimpse into my heart. If I wouldn't wear it, I wouldn't make it. I started making my own hair falls, because no one else made them the way I wanted them made. I wear hair falls ALOT, they had to be full, durable and comfortable!!! Sometimes I will make something for just me and by the time I am done, I want to make more, so others can share in my creation. I am my Art and my Art is me. I wear my heart on my sleeve and if you know anything about me, you will be able to look at my art and see into my soul.






INSPIRATIONS

What inspired you to become a mermaid? I wasn’t inspired by a movie though like most I love (the 90s blockbuster film) Splash. I wasn’t inspired by a loss or tragedy like some in the (mermaid) community who have a story to share. I wasn’t inspired by a person or a place. I was just born with a grand adoration of water. I love the ocean, rivers, streams and pools. Wherever there is water, chances are I am in it! I am Pisces, I have been swimming since I was two years old and I’ve been a scuba diver since I turned 18. My mother refers to me as her water baby and I was raised with the old stories of mermaids, sirens and sailors. In fact, I come from a long line of sailors and fisherman. My family sailed and worked the waters of the North Sea in Scotland for many centuries. For many who lived off the ocean and counted on it for survival, just as many of my family gave their lives to the North Sea. Their blood is my blood and I like to think that — though their bodies where never found — they link me to the waters of the North Sea for all times. I feel the most grounded when I am in the water. There are sounds of silence down there, that make you forget your worries and teach you to listen to the silence of the water world around you. Being a mermaid was just the next step in my evolution. It is another extension of my own being. Being in the water connects me to my family, my element and my heart. I could not think of a more natural thing, than being a mermaid.






FAVORITE THING ABOUT RAW

Raw will open a new world of the art community for me and I am really looking forward to this adventure!






MAKES MY WORLD GO ROUND

Hula hooping, My Husband, mermaids, scuba diving, paganism, my family and friends, teaching, growing a garden, music, books, art in all forms, cooking, love and laughter!

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