We are excited to welcome Gypsy’s Weavings back to Gulf Coast MakerCon. Bethany “Anakhet” Blascoe has ventured into fun new territory with her hand crafted chainmaille jewelry and accessories. We asked her to tell us more about her work and what she is
bringing to Gulf Coast MakerCon 2016.
GCMC: What do you Make/Do?
GW: I make chainmaile jewelry and accessories. I’ve even started making dragon tails for furries!
GCMC: What inspired you to make it?
GW: I grew up in historical recreation and one thing we always need is someone who can repair armour during a show. I started with traditional pieces and have grown my skills into doing more general wear and costuming items over the years. I started making dragon tails because I noticed that while there are people who dress as dragons at conventions they were still using the faux fur and I wanted to give them another option.
GCMC: Why do you think it’s important to share it with others?
GW: If I don’t share my art then it dies in the sands of time. I want to keep it alive and even teach others. Maile is still used today in the form of anti stab vests in the UK and shark suits.
GCMC: Why do you think an event like Gulf Coast MakerCon is important?
GW: It allows you to get hands on with technology! Reading something online or viewing it behind ropes at a museum is fine but getting to experience it yourself? That’s priceless.
GCMC: Anything else you’d like to share about your work?
GW: I try to be the person who thinks about others. I only use metals with a low risk of someone reacting and will work with allergy free metals such as niobium and titanium by request because I want everyone a chance to enjoy what I make.
Come check out all of Gypsy’s Weavings creations at Gulf Coast MakerCon 2016.