Monday, June 11, 2007

What's in a Name?

A very nice fellow Etsian made this banner for me recently. I really love the graphic: the warrior goddess image very much resembles descriptions of Athena with the deep set eyes, long neck, the nose extending from the forehead, and her helmet worn high on her head like a hat.

When I first opened shop at Etsy, like so many others, I had numerous projects going on and wanted to keep the name somewhat ambiguous to apply to both myself and the many things I was doing. As I've become more and more obsessed with chain maille, I've decided to open up a second shop solely for my maille with a name I found to be more appropriate to the art.

Many people know of Athena as a goddess of war and wisdom. What many people don't know is that she's also the patroness of crafts; among them, metal-working: seemed like a good fit for my shop.

So far as the armoury part of the shop name goes: well, let's face it, chain maille is armour. Whether it be combat or costume armour or jewelry made using the same weaves, it's all still based on the armour of long ago.

I'm about to start transferring my chain maille items from to!! Beach Bum Creations will still exist for other kinds of jewelry, supplies, candles, hemp, etc., but all maille will be in Athena's Armoury.


w said...

your open round maille bracelet with emerald crystals is wonderful!

Sara said...

Just hopped over here after your comment and advice about the tripod - which will be my next business purchase I think!
I love your new shop title - it is quite clever and catchy. I immediately thought chain maille when I clicked on the blog link and lo and behold indeed!

Athena's Armoury said...

rekoj, you're not going to believe this, but my tripod just broke. It looks like I'm in the market for one now, too!