We asked Yellow Breeches Chapter Vice President Leslie Halaby-Moore to tell us what’s changed in her creative life, since we first interviewed her, last year. This is what she had to say:
What I can tell that has changed for me and my craft is my muse. I have always had a “thing” for fiber, fabric, bits of ribbon and color! I am finding myself using more colored rings and creating pieces that resemble fabric. I am always pushing myself to make my pieces softer and more fluid so that the wearer will want to use words like “silky” to describe them. It’s a very tactile medium . . . and when people just have to touch it then I feel that I have been successful; I have connected with that person.
Leslie’s been making chain maille jewelry for seven years. She feels strongly about the process – starting with those little tiny metal rings, each of which she makes herself.
I buy my wire (silver, copper, aluminum, brass) in large spools and produce my own rings. This way I can control the size and quality. The wire is hand spooled on to mandrels and then saw cut.
Leslie is always pushing her own limits, teaching herself new weave patterns and using them to develop and create beautiful works of wearable art.
I spend days “doing” a project in my head, working out the details, before sitting down to actually weave a piece. It is not uncommon for this to invade my dreams.
Each Leslie Halaby-Moore work is surprisingly comfortable and easy to wear and will garner many compliments for the wearer. Chain maille is an unusual medium and Leslie is a master.
Leslie will be at Fall Into Fine Craft with over fifty other fine artisans, so mark your calendar, today! In the meantime, you can see more of her work at https://www.facebook.com/pages/L-Chain-Maille/168095963292927 and on the Gallery page of our website http://www.ybcrafts.org.