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
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, *before*
CUSTOM ORDERS PLEASE
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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, and
not 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 in
stock area to see if there is anything there that
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 her Etsy
Shop, 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?
Gypsy~Rose went 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?
does PortCon Maine,
a wonderful con in her old stomping ground, Portland! She
also does the NH Renaissance
Faire, a charity event which she founded in 2005!
Where is Gypsy~Rose located?
Gypsy~Rose is 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:
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, fine
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