South Beloit, IL
If you’re looking for art you can wear, look no further than Gangsta Wrapz. Eight years ago, Dylan Haller was fascinated by a wire wrap piece his friend was wearing. He started looking up artists online and the next thing you know he’s teaching himself how to make pendant necklaces, rings, and more.
He uses silver and gold wire and intricately wraps it around gemstones to create a one-of-a-kind statement piece in your collection. If you’re in the market for your next unique piece of jewelry, be sure to stop by and see Dylan and all his creations. He's expected to have plenty of rings and pendants available come show time on September 16.
Tell us about your art. How would you describe what you’ll be showing us at DEVIATE? Handmade wire wrapped jewelry made from various sizes of sterling silver and gold wires featuring precious gemstones.
Where do you find inspiration? I find
inspiration in all mediums of art and creativity. It amazes me what people are capable of creating. A lot of my most recent designs have been influenced by street graffiti. The shapes and movement have similarities within my latest work.
What’s your background? How did you get into art? Give us a little history! I've always been into building things. My favorite part of the process is coming up with a unique design and figuring out how to bring it to life. When I was first introduced to wire wraps, it was a pendant with a simple design and stone a friend had. After discovering other wire wrap artists online, I quicky fell down the rabbit hole. From there I began to push my limits and taught myself over the last 8 years.
How was your DEVIATE experience last year? Why did you want to come back again? Deviate was by far the best event I've participated in. It is a very unique event and a great opportunity to showcase my art.
What are you looking forward to most this year at DEVIATE? Experiencing this awesome event for a second time. I can't wait to see how this year turns out.
Why should people come out to DEVIATE? Deviate is something different than your typical local event. There really isn't anything else like it in the area!
How would you describe DEVIATE to someone who’s never been? A one-night event featuring various forms of art to view, buy and experience.