The California Mermaid Convention takes pride in spreading awareness, knowledge and education. We have scoured the seven seas to bring you the very best in Classes, Workshops, Lectures and Panels.
Begin your convention shell-ibration with three unique tailmakers. Get a chance to see their fabulous handmade creations up close, ask questions, and be inspired!
This event is FREE to attend
Erin St. Blaine, aka Mermaid Glimmer, is a light artist and maker from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her one-of-a-kind light up mermaid tail creation includes over 180 programmable LED lights, showcasing gorgeous color animations as she swims.
Find out more about Erin and her creations at www.erinstblaine.com
Creature fins was started in 2016 when mermaid enthusiast Katie decided that unless she wanted to wait over two years to receive the tail of her dreams, matters would have to be taken into her own hands by making her own. As a full time concept artist for Playstation, it was becoming very necessary to have a creative outlet outside of work that wasn’t just more digital art, thus began the deep dive into this soon-to-be full time hobby of tail making. The goal of starting Creature Fins was to create something never seen on the market that no one could ever mistake for another maker’s work. This new creative outlet was an exciting way to explore her fascination with monsters and push the boundaries of what could be designed for a mermaid, given the loose guidelines of the species. The abyss is the limit.
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Jonathon Aspittle began is career in the film Industry doing special effects makeup and creatures. He tried his hand at tails and eventually transitioned to tail work full time. His company CrowCaw Fx mainly focuses on fully custom tails but also offers repaints/repairs services and when the moon is right a monster or two.
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Join Kierstin LaPatka as she leads us through an incredible mermaid transformation! This online workshop will take you step-by step as you create a unique and fin-tastic merfolk look. With your ticket purchase, you receive Kierstin's hand-sculpted prosthetic, and a special kit to help you complete the makeup look during the duration of the class.
-Brief description and explanation as to the materials, and why we are using what we are using today, as well as the shape and size of the prosthetics.
-Explaining the tools of the trade (starting the concept/color design)
-Prepping the skin.
-Prepping the prosthetic.
-Edges and blending.
-Painting and finishing!
Student Kits Will Include:
- Silicone Prosthetic
- Mica Flakes
- Special Effects Adhesive
- Concept Sheets
-Recommended Supply List (Students must purchase themselves):
- Purple glue stick
- Isopropyl myristate (travel size)
- Inexpensive face paint
- Makeup brush for applying adhesive
- Standard makeup; including a sealing spray, and matte/setting powder.
- Hair dryer with a cool option
- Popsicle sticks
- Tracing paper
- Small disposable cups
Upon receiving the kit, students MUST test materials against their skin in 1 inch areas on the underside of the arm for at least one hour. The California Mermaid Convention and Kierstin LaPatka are not responsible for any reactions or allergies students may have to purchased supplies.
My name is Kierstin LaPatka, and I am the entity behind 'Smogteeth', a small mask studio located in Sin City, Las Vegas, Nevada. I am known for my detailed work for both concept art and sculpture, and have been seen on SyFy's "FaceOff" Season 12 as a finalist. I love making monsters, and creatures that lurk in the shadows, and scaring folks is a delight! I have done seminars, and small demonstrations online for airbrushing, and sculpting. My last opportunity was to teach a short SFX class in Guangzhou, China where I helped to guide my students from start to finish on their very own SFX makeups. From concept, to life cast, to sculpting, molding, painting, and finishing with application, I found I learn the most when I am teaching.
The above image is the concept sketch for this makeup class. This silicone prosthetic is reusable and customizable! Kierstin is in the process of live sculpting the prosthetic on her Twitch account!
Only 15 silicone prosthetics will be cast; class space is EXTREMELY limited,
- Class takes place on Friday, July 9th at 10 AM
- This class is held over a digital platform
- A ticket purchase includes a student supply kit, and a link to the online class. Kits will be shipped to students
- Cost for this class is $65
- Purchase tickets here
Check out Kierstin modeling her Mermaid Makeup Fx Look!
Silicone Repair 101
Whether you’re brand new to the merfolks' water, or you’re already an ancient ocean deity, this class offers insight for anyone who owns something made of silicone. From anatomy of your tail/accessories to simple DIY repairing scrapes and tears, Crowcaw FX will teach you how to properly implement common household materials with silicone techniques that will keep our tails looking brand new!
About Crowcaw Fx
When Jonathon was a small child, his parents had told him he could be be anything he wanted; he decided to be a mermaid. He practiced singing, making tails from duct taped bath towels, and sunbathing on rocks. He learned about the sea and mermaids themselves. But one day his parents broke the sad news... He physically could never be a mermaid. Time moved on. He grew disillusioned until one day he discovered a special Fx makeup kit at a school book fair, and his life long affair with Fx and making monsters began! Fx Makeup gave him the power to breathe life into any of his brightest dreams...or darkest nightmares.
Almost 20 years later, and after years of working in haunted houses and movies, and teaching classes across the country.... he had a close friend ask if he could make a mermaid tail... and the rest is history. He now lives in San Jose and creates merfolk tails full time, and specializes in silicone painting and silicone repair.
- This class takes place on July 9th, 2021 at 3 PM
- This class takes place on a digital platform
- Tickets to this class are $10
We are so excited to be hosting a Representation Panel with these awesome mers! This is part of our ongoing Merfolk Representation Panel series, which as been championed and spearheaded by Merman Jax.
This panel is in celebration of the diverse and wonderful community of the California Mermaid Convention. Panelists will discuss their experiences, triumphs, struggles and stories. Hear stories of these modern mermaid navigating the Mermaid community as both professional and recreational mers.
We are so lucky to feature panel moderator Merman Jax, Mermaid Tiva, The Mermaid Atlantis, Mermom Laurie, and Mermaid Yl'luria
Based out of Los Angeles CA, but originally from the San Francisco area, Merman Jax (Jack Laflin), has always had the sea in his veins. From his Irish heritage on father’s side, his last name origins literally means Land of Lakes. The Irish grandfather he was named after was a sailor, while his Filipino grandfather was an abalone diver.
As the most actively working professional merman for about 10 years, he also founded and runs his own event entertainment company, Dark Tide Productions.
His company Dark Tide Productions is rooted in diversity and has become a leading force in suppling mermen, LGBTQIA+ performers and entertainers of color. Merman Jax seeks to create a world where the merfolk of the world who feel different, not only feel accepted, but celebrated and given the professional opportunities that many do not afford them. He and his company also support a variety of charity events including Make a Wish, AIDS Walk Los Angeles, Wolf Connection, Breakfast with Santa, shark ‘adoption’ through the Aquarium of the Pacific and of course the CBS Studios Pirate fundraiser.
- This Panel takes place on July 9th, 2021 at 6:30 PM (PST)
- This Panel is FREE to attend
- This Panel takes place over a digital platform
- Grab tickets here
Mermom Laurie is the 'Mom' in 'Mermaid and Mom' - one half of the company that helps to plan, organize and produce the California Mermaid Convention
Mermom Laurie has worked in children's education, recreation and entertainment for over 30 years. She as been a professional Polynesian dancer since she was 14, and has shared her love of the culture with children across the Bay Area through teaching children's hula dance classes. Mermom Laurie is an accomplished seamstress and has created hundreds of costumes for private clients, children's theater and professional dance groups. She is a featured subject and performer in the 2017 documentary entitled 'Mermaids'.
Mermaid Tiva is the Founder of Mermaid at Any Age, an all-inclusive mermaid movement focusing on water safety, ocean conservation and equitable representation.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, this California native spent her summers either at the pool or the beach, and eventually moved to Los Angeles for warmer weather and beach living.
Tiva has been a professional performer specializing in Blues, cabaret and world dance for the past 10 years. She began her mermaid career in 2018 and looks forward to more opportunities as the world opens up.
Sarah Stylisms Al-Kassab. "Sadah" aka Oracle the Mermaid or the Little Arab Mermaid has been a costumer since 2005, a children's and event entertainer since 2007 and began entertaining as a land mermaid in 2009. In 2013, she bought her first swimming mermaid tail and the rest is history! As a 1st Generation Arab American, she often feels that she encompasses the world's in-between. Mermaiding and Rollerskating both feel like physical and cosmic connections to the "border dwellers". One can perform either one as an individual or a a group. She performed in two Kid Swim's at 2019's CaMerCon and cannot wait to get her fins wet with other mers! Her favorite swimming mer-trick to do is a backwards somersault! Her favorite part of Mermaiding with kids is teaching them about ocean conservation when they (inevitably) want to touch her shells and ask if they're real. Once a 6 year old told her with ardent passion: "I NEVER throw away Plastic!"
La Sirena Atlantis es una orgullosa peruana nacida en Estados Unidos, que aprendió inglés en escuela en California y pasó casi todas sus veranos con su familia en Lima, Perú. Este pez autista y bilingüe espera poder compartir su perspectiva bicultural con sus compañeros POC en el panel de Representación para 2021.
Un poco sobre Atlantis como sirena:
Atlantis comenzó su trabajo con humanos en 2012. Comenzó con pequeños humanos celebrando fiestas de cumpleaños, luego aterrizó en desfiles de moda y se convirtió en desfiles de moda bajo el agua en el famoso Dive Bar. Le prestó una aleta a su hermana del mar Rachel Smith en la creación de "Mermaid Weekend" en Sacramento. Esto se convirtió en muchos proyectos emocionantes en los que Atlantis ayudó a producir, incluido Merfest en Carolina del Norte y Mystical Mermaid Retreat en Harbin Hot Springs.
A Atlantis le encanta tomar prestadas Land Legs para visitar a humanos, hadas y amigos místicos de todo tipo. ¡Ha tenido la suerte de ser invitada a actuar para pequeños humanos de todo el mundo! Todo el camino hasta América del Sur, y luego todo el camino hasta Canadá. Una de sus cosas favoritas es hacer reír a la gente.
Ahora, está trabajando en un programa de comedia infantil bilingüe que también es accesible para personas con problemas de audición.
The Mermaid Atlantis is a proud American born Peruvian, having learned English in school in California and spending most of her summers with her family in Lima, Peru. This Autistic and bilingual fish looks forward to sharing her bi-cultural perspective with her fellow POC in the Representation panel for 2021.
Atlantis began her work with humans in 2012. Starting out with tiny humans celebrating birthday parties, then land fashion shows, and growing into underwater fashion shows at the world famous Dive Bar. She lent a fin to her sea sister Rachel Smith in the creation of “Mermaid Weekend” in Sacramento. This evolved into many exciting projects Atlantis assisted in producing, including Merfest in North Carolina, and the Mystical Mermaid Retreat in Harbin Hot Springs.
Atlantis loves to borrow Land Legs to visit humans, fairies, and mystical friends of all sorts. She has been lucky enough to be invited to perform for tiny humans across the world! All the way down to South American, and then all the way up to Canada. One of her very favorite things to do is to make people laugh.
Currently, she is working on a bilingual children’s comedy show that is also accessible to the hearing impaired.
Yl'luria is a mermaid performer, singer & multi-medium artist, currently living in Portland, OR. She loves bringing her unique brand of mermaid magic to festivals, conventions, charities, parties, and other special events far and wide, & is the doting caretaker of 2 ADORABLE black "catfish." As a legally blind & fluffy "merformer" and proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, this "well-rounded mermaid" deeply believes that "EVERY-body deserves to live their dreams." She strives to entertain, empower & enlighten, while encouraging inclusivity, diversity & equality in everything she does. Because of this, she created the "Mermaid Sign Project" video series in 2017, features content for plus-size, disabiled & other underserved communities within the greater mer & entertainer communities on her YouTube channel, & has spoken on panels about disability and diversity, costuming & makeup for the last 5 years; with the goal of helping others "find their fins," no matter what their age, size, race, disability, gender or orientation.
Begin your festive day swimming in presence with breathwork, movement, music & meditation!
As mermaids, the ocean teaches us how to go with the flow. But we fishes have a human brain too; it can be helpful to learn how to swim behind our thoughts with some mindful awareness tools. The tools you will learn in class are designed to help you more fully savor your mysterious life---both above and under the water. We will begin this session with mindful movement to ground you in your body, heart and tail, leading into Robin's teachings and a mindfulness meditation practice. There will be time for questions & answers.
Robin Sol Lieberman is the Founder ofLIFEHONEY® and trained as a Mindfulness Facilitator at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience. Robin teaches classes at the Peak Brain Institute in Los Angeles, to world diplomats at the United Nations, and to men and women returning from Prison. She is the author of The Charisma Code and remains committed to inspiring compassionate solutions to unnecessary suffering. Mermaiding is most certainly one of those ways!
- This class takes place on Saturday, July 10th at 8 AM
- This class has a sliding scale of $0-$10 to enter. We ask that you pay what you can :)
- This class takes place over an online platform
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