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Fall into Fine Craft Artisan Spotlight – Leslie Halaby-Moore

Leslie Halaby-Moore steps into today’s spotlight. Leslie is a ringmaster, in more than one sense of the word. In addition to being a master of the extremely detailed and precise medium of chain maille; as the president of the Yellow Breeches Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, she’s also in charge of our circus troupe of creative members. She manages to do these without benefit of top hat, megaphone, or net, too!

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What about your medium drew you to it initially and what’s kept you working at it?

The detail is what captivates me and still does today. I love seeing how small I can take a weave.  

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If you had to choose a medium, other than your current one, what would you like to try and why?

Woodworking or carving. Why? I am not really sure why except that I find wood to be silky and smooth, almost fluid. These are some of the same things that intrigue me about chain maille. Silky and fluid yet it is metal. Something that is supposed to be hard and stiff.

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What are you most looking forward to at FIFC?

I love shows in general for their energy. I am looking forward to sharing my work with all the great customers and art lovers I know will be there. 

Follow Leslie on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/L-Chain-Maille-168095963292927/timeline/ and see more of her work and her story at http://lchainmaille.squarespace.com/. Meet the artist herself and take home some of her incredibly wearable fine work – excellent, too, for holiday gifting – at Fall into Fine Craft!

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The artist with her lovely assistant/model/daughter

The artist with her lovely assistant/model/daughter









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. 

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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.

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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.