made from thin wire, fabric and wax, decorated with broken glass.
always been fascinated with the legend of the mermaid. There is something
about the combining of the female and fish forms that has a powerful
and sexual image. She is at once helpless and yet alluring but this
hybrid creature, like all creatures of the deep stands for the unconscious,
and in particular for the anima, the femine aspect within the psyche.
Aino's Mermaid Dress
The Legend of Vainmoinen and Aino
Vainmoinen was a shaman singer whose songs to the sound of the harp-like
kantele were acts of creative magic. He was born old, so no one wanted
to marry him. He was betrothed to Aino who disappeared to the bottom
of the lake rather than live with him. He was heartbroken, he wept
and wept and one day took a boat out on the lake where Aino had last
been seen. He started to fish whilst day-dreaming of his beautiful
lost bride and thinking about the sad lonely life he would lead without
her when he caught a beautiful mermaid who he recognised as Aino.
She spoke to him saying she would never leave her homeland to live
with him, to leave her brother and parents to cook and clean. She
now belonged to the lake and would live there with the water maidens.
Vainmoinen was so distraught at loosing her for a second time. He
trawled the lake with the vast nets but in vain, Aino had slipped