What is a chimera? The original creature from Greek mythology was a fire-breathing female monster composed of parts of several different animals; the body of a lion, head of a goat, and a serpent's tail. But the term "chimera" eventually came to describe any mythical or fictional being with parts taken from various animals, or in fact anything composed of very disparate parts. So centaurs, mermaids, griffins, harpies, flying horses, and the minotaur can all be considered chimeric as well.
"A chimera" has also come to mean "a thing that is hoped or wished for, but which in fact is illusory or impossible to achieve." In other words, a dream, fantasy, illusion, mirage, figment of one's imagination, or castle in the air. "Chimeric" can also be used to describe anything perceived as wildly imaginative, implausible, or dazzling.
So what better word to describe my art and this shop? I have dreamed for a long time of starting it, worrying that it might in fact be impossible or a self-delusion. And my art is often characterized by odd juxtapositions of elements. For example my art dolls are all hybrids of some kind... animal-headed people, or people with horns or the bodies of snakes or horses. I create wings for cats, and my fabric designs and artwork often include influences from various different historical periods. Plus you can expect to find elements that are perhaps a bit "monstrous," or slightly dark or creepy, although with a sense of humor as well.
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