Hey Y'all! I'm Melissa Gayle - A whimsical and feisty creative living in the heart of Texas. I'm an art school graduate who plunged head first into the corporate industry only to find that the handmade community was truly my passion.
I reside in the wonderfully weird city of Austin, Texas. I am a severe Craftaholic who loves to turn discarded items into impressive treasures. I also enjoy spending my free time searching for oddities and other curious finds at various local vintage shops, thrift store digs, flea markets, and estate sales. I have been a collector of Taxidermy & Bones since I was a child, an obsession we can all thank my Grandfather for. I would spend countless summer nights watching him prepare animals for dinner and tanning their hides so he could add each incredible creature to his taxidermy collection. When my Grandfather passed I was left with his entire collection, ranging from the 1950's to the present, deer antler racks, elk antler racks, mule deer mounts, white tail deer mounts, pheasants, you name it- my house probably has it!
Wunderkammer Culture is a collection for those who love the dark side of things but also are intrigued by the elegance of femininity. My collection provides customers with cruelty free bone jewelry, hand carved faux arrowhead accessories, naturally shed antler hooks and displays, and handmade retro inspired wire head wraps made from repurposed and limited fabrics. Everything is designed and handcrafted by myself in a smoke-free but kitty cat friendly studio.
If you want to learn more about me & my work, check out:
Autolux, Aesop Rock, Atmosphere, Murs, Deer in the Headlights, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, Damien Rice, Kimya Dawson, Iron & Wine, Joy Division, The Smiths, Sonic Youth, The Strokes, Animal Collective, Kasabian, New Order, Portugal, the Man, The Black Keys, Dr. Dog, Neutral Milk Hotel, Sigur Ros, Boards of Canada, Danse Society, Neko Case, Bastille, Pomplamoose, Waxahatchee, M.Ward, Bree Sharp, Anya Marina, The Pixies, Sufjan Stevens, Rose Cousins, The Mountain Goats, Katie Herzig, JayMay, Alela Diane, Sleater-Kinney, Hole, Jenny Owen Youngs, Maxence Cyrin, Great Lake Swimmers, Stephen Malkmus, Sebadoh, Elliot Smith, The Shins, Pink Martini, The Decemberists, Bauhaus, Pavement, Deer Hunter, AA Bondy, Crystal Castles, Damien Jurado, Josh Ritter, Andrew Bird, Anathallo, Minus Story, Josh Pyke, Rogue Wave, The Dodos, Four Tet, The Rakes, Laura Gibson, Beriut, Calexico...etc.etc.etc.
Slaughter House Five, Atlas Shrugged, Anthem, Fear and Trembling, Das Energi, The Antichrist, The Study of Man, Daybreak, Man and His Symbols, Simple Times, Things I Have Learned, A Clockwork Orange, Hollywood, Factotum, War All The Time, Bluebeard, Virginia Woolfe, Girl Interrupted, The Virgin Suicides, Go Ask Alice, Live For a Living, The Bell jar, Junky, Eating Animals.
ALWAYS INTERESTED IN: psychology, philosophy, metaphysics, retro anatomy books (Hell, even new ones!) , and classic fiction.
Gummo, Back to the Future, Beetle Juice, The Human Centipede, Goodfellas, E.T, Holy Mountain, Hocus Pocus, Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas, The Lorax, 1969, Easy Rider, The Coneheads, Weird Science, Fandango, Teen Witch
Rocko's Modern Life, Roseanne, Boy Meets World, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, CSI, Law & Order, Doug, Dinosaurs, Planet Earth, River Monsters, Fatal Attractions, American Pickers, Pawn Stars.
I collect: â€¢owls â€¢foxes â€¢bats â€¢skeletons (cheesy halloween items are definitely suitable!) â€¢vintage & modern catholic prayer cards â€¢vintage â€¢ modern religious trinkets/memorabilia â€¢sideshow & circus related photographs/publications â€¢antique&vintage photographs( humorous, oddity, and inspiring.) â€¢sideshow-tattooed ladies â€¢National Geographic Magazines (1990-down) â€¢National Geographic Clippings, or any other interesting items you can find in magazines â€¢Books!
Supplies I like to collect: â€¢lace â€¢ decorative ribbons â€¢doilies â€¢vintage fabrics â€¢old buttons â€¢broken and mismatched custom jewelry â€¢found objects â€¢charms â€¢vintage jewelry/trinkets â€¢beads â€¢skulls & skeleton charms etc. â€¢anything floral â€¢sewing trim â€¢scrap fabrics â€¢bows â€¢patterned paper