by Annie Taylor

Illustration by Annie Taylor

© Copyright Annie Taylor

Annie Taylor is the illustrative and textile artist behind Whitstabletail: where mermaids and fairy folk flirt with carnies and Kahlos.

You can find her on Instagram and twitter as @whitstabletail, and buy small prints, dolls, and embroideries at her Etsy shop: 


Here is her personal statement:

Living on the North Kent coast of the UK in a town known for Oysters and sunsets and smuggling, mermaids are never far from my thoughts. These thoughts then spill out onto the page or onto fabric, and I draw either with pen or needle. Some of my work stays as illustrations, others become dolls.

Mermaids took centre stage in my life in 2010 when I took part in the Whitstable Biennale (Festival of contemporary arts) telling the Whitstable Tail dressed as a mermaid in a costume created from rubbish. The Tail is the story of a boy who falls in love with a mermaid.  My larger than life size dolls mostly have legs, albeit often with two heads, but everyone still calls them mermaids. Don’t ask me why.

I am Co-Founder of the Profanity Embroidery Group, and member of the Society for Embroidered Work.

Someone once said of me “has she nothing better to do?” it sums things up perfectly.

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