I am pleased to show you my latest doll project called Maji, the African Mermaid.
This doll was created based upon an imaginary mythic African mermaid called
Maji which means ocean or water in Swahili. She has been all around the world
including Latin America, Asia and Europe. She brings with her peace and hope
for future generations. Her beauty is captivated by the colors of magenta, yellow,
and white. She swims to remind us that love is where you find it. Beauty is in
the eye of the beholder. Though she is not as well known as other African sea
goddesses, she is making her debut and finding her proud place among the sea.
Maji reminds women of African descent the false belief system that requires
them to find identity and meaning in their lives through their husbands and
children. Such a system causes women to completely lose their identity in that
of their family. I believe in many cases women today still fall victim by society
to have a husband and children in order to be considered completely
Maji represents the total feminine, the emotions and feelings of women today
in relation to the various roles they playas business owner, wife, mother,
daughter, sister, etc. It's not easy to be all and still be yourself.
I am an emerging self taught doll artist who is learning how to improve my craft. I started doll making 3 years ago and stopped due to entrepreneurial pursuits. Now with the help of my mentor Francine Haskins, I am beginning the craft again with much more vigor and interest. Please share this journey with me.