Victoria loves to create works out of recycled materials, and with the mer-couple below, she was able to combine her love for weaving with that of recycling! The mermaids tail is 42 of Victoria's stretched out swim suits from year round lap swimming and the merman's tail is made out of thrift store blue jeans and plastic shopping bags! Both are works in progress! Victoria began her mermaid in April of 2012 and continues to add to it! Most recently, she created a "mermaid purse" for her out of "mermaids purse" skate egg cases, pelican feathers and sand dollars! The merman companion was finally created to keep the mermaid company in February of 2015! These beauties are life size and fully bendable with a rabbit wire fencing interior armature! They currently reside in the front foyer of Victoria's home studio!
All that is needed for weaving is some sort of loom, and something with which to weave. Victoria loves the textures as well as the colors that she can bring to her weavings. She also loves experimenting with various fibers. Victoria studied weaving for two weeks at Penland School of Crafts and learned to weave on a large floor loom. The red "Kimono" below is one result from the time spent there. Looms can be a simple shoebox, dowel rods, bamboo, picture frames, or drift wood....or rabbit wire fencing!