Wow! What a response from our true gypsies.
It's so good to hear you are out there keeping the gypsy spirit alive!
Being that it is The Year of the Gypsy, we've decided to take you on a journey to a place that has been one of the gypsies best kept secrets. Legend has it that it's true whereabouts cannot be charted on a map, rather it is a place found only by feeling... the tug of the gypsy spirit that calls its members to wander in search of all things creative. Maybe it's the sound of gypsy music or the sweet smell of spices that greets you as you draw near or perhaps it's the well worn faces that surround you when you enter. But it's treasures reveal themselves only to the true gypsies, those that have taken the sacred oath to travel the world, collecting what's meaningful as they go.
Welcome fellow gypsies to the...
Wander through the many gypsy loving merchant tents and canopies and you'll find each brings another treasure. A place where goods are exchanged like old stories, and difficult to take in all at once- the bit of striped canopie, the bright fabric lining of the old canvas tent, the rich velvet interior of a gypsies most prized possession- their traveling trunk or the pungent smell of herbs used to conjure an apothecary of potions. This is an experience rich for each of the senses and the Gypsy Market collection brings it together for you to unleash your inner gypsy.
For the next week, until we set up camp at CHA, we will journey with you through the marketplace. Come explore and see what our merchants have to offer as we reveal the latest 7gypsies findings.
But first gypsies, we'd like to introduce you to 12 of your fellow gypsies. We've captured each of their unique personalities and vibrant stories in the designs within their namesake paper...
Blaze- His fiery temper and fierce good looks make him a natural leader in the caravan.
Brixton- Lover of water, potions and travels to the orient. Can usually be found conjuring up new additions to his apothecary of natural remedies.
Crystal- One of the many baby gypsies. She's learning the ropes of traveling with the caravan and already has a taste for all things sparkly as evidenced in her skirt pockets full of findings she's tucked in them along the way.
Dulwich- A collector at heart. Tends to pack more than he can carry. Loves his well-worn leather walking boots and most often prefers to spend each night at the camp curled up with a wax candle in his great-great-great-grandnana's shawl, nose buried in a book.
Herne- Known to most as "gypsy mama" she dresses the part of in elaborate skirts draped with scarves she's collected in her travels. Gentle in her ways laced with mystery and a little gypsy magic.
Moe- Full of heart and courage, he is passionate about the gypsy way of living. His journey with the caravan has been a long one and is nearing it's end. He is the oldest member of the gypsy caravan and always has an engaging story to tell.
Rye- This girl is wholesome, earthy and a lover of animals but with a dark side.
Saige- Drawn to art and it's history, she loves her life as a gypsy but has often separated from the caravan to explore local the architecture and arts. A writer at heart.
Sharne- Saige's twin sister is also a lover of art and often joins her sister in her adventures. She has an intense passion for life and a lover of children- has adopted all of the caravan children as her own.
Sheena- Young, bold and exotic. Her interests are in the world of plants and the peace that nature brings. Hidden in the lining of her trunk is her sketch book filled with ornate drawings of her world of adventure.
Tas- Known as the caravan workhorse. He is always busy setting up market and transporting the necessary tools and provisions to make the caravan thrive. Reliable, versatile and used in so many ways.
Willow- Loves to run barefoot but is also the most steady hearted of the caravan. She's always there to help and you'd be hard pressed to find a gypsy that doesn't crave her company.
And last, a collection of ornate flocked papers. Inspired by the legendary gypsy ancestors. Underneath their plush velvet flocking is a rich design created layer upon layer much like the intricate stories of old that the caravan carries with them still.
Join us next week as the journey continues...
Until then you can vote for your favorite gypsies along the right side of the blog!