Here are some frequently asked
questions and their answers; To be kept up to date
of what Gypsy~Rose is creating and doing please bookmark
her DA gallery/journal and stop in often, she's
always adding new items of interest!
*note* that Gypsy~Rose usually works at least
4-6 weeks out and that any items needed before
6 weeks should be e-mailed or called about first to
see if Gypsy~Rose will be able to make the item in time
for you or if she has another similar items in stock.
Please also *note* that rush orders have a fee attached
to them, depending on when the item is needed by.Orders
received that are rush orders and have not had a rush
order fee paid will be put on the queu along with all
of the non-rush orders and may NOT reach you in time
so make sure to double
check with Gypsy~Rose, and pay your rush order fee,
PLEASE READ BELOW AND THEN CLICK
Most items are strung on clear
elastic strap, which is very comfortable and virtually
invisible! To make the cord tighter just add another knot.
All pieces come either tied loosely/big or untied so people
can tie to fit. Add knots on small increments because
taking them out is very difficult. Some items are prosthetic,
on cords, and will need to be glued on. Most item's descriptions
will say which method they use. If they can be prosthetic
*or* strung the default option will be strung, (unless
you let Gypsy~Rose know ahead of time).
Does Gypsy~Rose have stock on hand?
more stock on hand than she used to but, usually, items
are made-to-order, thus the 4-6 week lead time. If you're
in a rush please look around the site and check her
stock area to see if there is anything there
that you'd like.
What colors can items be made in, besides the ones shown?
Most items can
be custom painted with various finishes. Almost any color
can be made. Custom colorations usually cost $15, unless
they are highly detailed, (like a faux wood finish etc.).
Given Gypsy~Rose's busy schedule right now (Graduate School,
Graduate Assistant teaching Undergraduates + two businesses
etc.) Gypsy~Rose has been taking fewer custom orders,
her if you'd like something you-nique and she'll let
you know how the queue is shaping up.
Why do Gypsy~Rose's pieces cost more than some other costume
an artist and each piece is a signed work of art, not
a piece whipped out by the thousands from a factory overseas.
Gypsy~Rose does 100% of the process, from designing
the pieces to creating them and hand painting them, she
even does her model's makeup and photography! She has
a BFA from Maine College of Art and is working on her
MAT (Masters of Art Teaching) and doesn't do this as a
hobby, it is her livelihood. She has specialized in movie-quality
costuming since 2001!
Why does Gypsy~Rose have such a long lead time, (4-6 + weeks)?
Gypsy~Rose has a lot of customers at this point and most
of those customers want custom made items, (i.e. things
that need to be made to order), so she doesn't tend to keep
a lot of stock. Because of this customers get exactly what
they want but it takes a little longer, (it's worth it,
though)! She does sometimes have in stock items listed in
Area, including some custom pieces also. Stop in
to see what she has available and please make sure to
read the description to make sure that the horns etc.
are in stock and not made to order.
I live outside of the U.S., does Gypsy~Rose ship out of
Yes! Gypsy~Rose has many overseas customers! Shipping
and Handling fees will depend on your location, the size
of the order and when you'll need it by. Most non-US shipping
fees are between $10.oo and $40.oo USD, depending on the
size of the item(s) and the time in which they need to
be shipped. Tracking is NOT provided for items,
(unless noted or paid for in advance), as it is very expensive,
(usually $45 or more)! If you would like tracking please
Gypsy~Rose before ordering.
I have something I'd like re-created, would Gypsy~Rose make
it for me?
If the item is an ancient, non-copywritten piece
Gypsy~Rose would be happy to consider crafting a new one
for you, though she will be taking on fewer custom commissions
over time. If the item is something already being made or
copywritten, though, she cannot. She will be happy to work
with you to design something in a similar design, though,
that still suits your style! Click
here for more details.
How did Gypsy~Rose get into doing this?
to Maine College of Art and got a BFA in Metalsmithing and
Jewelry. She also unofficially minored in ceramics. She
always has known that she was an artist and enjoys many
different mediums, which is why she has such a variation
of art offered! She got into making horns, specifically,
by making her husband some horns to wear to a LARP (live
action role playing game) and he came home with requests
for horns. The rest, as they say, is history!
I would like to model for Gypsy~Rose, how do I go about
If you're a unique
model, (preferable one that looks like they know what
a fork and spoon are and have used them recently), that
would like to be photographed please send
Gypsy~Rose a picture of yourself. *No models under
21 please*. You must also be local to New Hampshire and
have transportation, as shoots usually happen near Gypsy~Rose's
What events will Gypsy~Rose be at, or openings?
at the NH Renaissance
Faire, a charity event which she founded in 2005!
Once she is done with Graduate School (hopefully by the
beginning of 2014) she will try and start doing a few
more local faires and conventions / events again.
Where is Gypsy~Rose located?
in New Hampshire, (USA), on the Maine border. Close to
the ocean but not *quite* as close as she'd like.
Does Gypsy~Rose have any hobbies, favorite movies, artists
and loves to listen to music, though her options have
narrowed over the last few years due to various "climate
controls". She loves Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos but
will always have a weak spot for NIN and Pantera too!
She is an anime fan but it a novice compared to some.
She also like things like Firefly and Farscape as well
as things like the Discovery Channel and TLC. As far as
artists go Gypsy~Rose tends to prefer realists over abstract
artists. She would prefer a Waterhouse over a Picasso.
Gypsy~Rose's loves include: COFFEE, almost anything Asian,
(especially Chinese), the ocean, redheads, (3 in specific),
home decoration, cowboy and combat boots, renaissance
faires, cats and almost anything feline, open minded folks
and good music!
How did Gypsy~Rose get her name?
name is "Lee". When she was a child her parents
used to call her "Gypsy Rose Lee" because she was always
artistic and loved dressing up and singing, (and there was
a vaudeville entertainer, back in the day, which used to
have that name; Gypsy Rose). When Gypsy~Rose decided to
become a visual artist, (over a musical one), she wanted
to become a fashion designer. She thought of a name which
was much catchier and swankier than her real name, (which
is very Irish sounding and didn't exactly roll off the tongue
or scream :fashion:), so she chose the business name "Che'
Designs", (pronounced "Shay"). Gypsy~Rose looked at colleges
which offered Fashion design but most of them were in highly
populated cities where she felt rather uncomfortable...
being that Gypsy~Rose was raised on a mountain in NH. She
looked at Maine College of Art, finally, (though it was
called Portland School of Art back then)... She fell in
love instantly! Four years later, with a BFA in hand, she
started selling her jewelry part time while working full
time at a "normal" job. In 2001 Gypsy~Rose started making
costume horns. She then started making ears and, when she
started working with flexible materials, she then broadened
her horizons to masks. As this progression occurred Gypsy~Rose
realized that "Che' Designs" just didn't fit since she was
doing so many different mediums and design types. She then
chose to use her childhood nickname of Gypsy~Rose and the
rest, as they say, is history! All thanks to her Mom and
Dad. *Note: if you look at the signature on a piece by Gypsy~Rose
you'll notice that it says, Che', the same signature Gypsy~Rose
has been putting on her art since grammar school! Che'
Designs is back now! Feel free to bookmark
CheDesigns.Com to see some of Gypsy~Rose's designer,
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