Meet the Maker: Toni Gilliard, of Eighty5 Apparel

85 apparelIt’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the first “makers” were handcrafters, people who took – and still take! – raw materials and turned them into tools, shelter,  clothing, and decorative items.  Crocheting is one of those handcrafts enjoying a resurgence, and Toni Gilliard, of Eighty5 Apparel will be on hand at Gulf Coast MakerCon to showcase her innovative use of crochet in a variety of beautiful items.  We asked her to tell us more about her work and what she’s bringing to Gulf Coast MakerCon 2015.

infinity scarf“Because our products vary each season, we aim to keep a fresh rotation of items flowing 85 apparrelthrough our shop. You can currently find items like bikini tops, hair accessories and bags.

“Eighty5 Apparel encourages busy moms to take time to learn to crochet. It can be a very relaxing and rewarding hobby to pick up. If taught to their children, crocheting can help form a closer bond between mother and child. In addition, it could boost the confidence in children struggling with low self-esteem, especially during the adolescence years when face-to-face interaction is a secondary form of communication.

“It’s liberating to be a maker. The maker has the freedom to create in his/her own way.
What a great reason to be a maker!

IMG_3417_400w“Eighty5 Apparel is bringing our Spring 2015 Collection to this year’s MakerCon event! Merchandise includes reusable market bags, travel cup cozies, hair accessories + more!

We will also have an arm knitting tutorial for anyone interested in learning a quick craft.”


Come see these great handcrafted crocheted items and so much more, at Gulf Coast MakerCon 2015!

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