We’ve got a diverse community of artists and crafters represented at Gulf Coast MakerCon this year, among them Gypsy’s Weavings, makers of hand crafted chainmaille jewelry. We asked them to tell us more about their work and what they’re bringing to Gulf Coast MakerCon 2015.
GCMC: Who are and what do you make?
GW: Hi there I’m Gypsy from Gypsy’s weavings and I make hand crafted chainmaille jewelry and accessories. My products start from a pile of rings and carefully placed together. While everything I’ll have with me at the event might be decorative I have repaired and even replicated historical armour.
GCMC: Will folks be able to do anything at your booth?
GW: While I won’t be handing over pliers, for safety reasons, anyone is allowed to come and watch me work. I’ll be making items on site to add to my products. That pile of random metal you see might be anything from a bracelet to an animal a little bit later. I’ll also answer any questions you might have about the skills and art of armoury.
GCMC: Why should folks come out to a maker festival?
GW: We’re so used to mass produced items that it’s a breath of fresh air to see hands making something.
GCMC: What’s so great about making stuff?
GW: There’s a matter of personal pride in knowing this is meant for the person it’s going to. Even if it’s something that I normally keep in stock, for one reason or another it will have to be customized before it leaves my care. It could be in size, colors, or even a change in metal. I know that something I poured my heart into is going to someone that will get joy from it which is an amazing feeling.
You can see Gypsy in action and learn more about chainmaille craft from the artist, at Gulf Coast MakerCon 2015!