Linda and Matt Worsham collaborate in their own line of work they call “GypsyCat Creations,” mixed-media folk art sculptures with a strong sense of whimsy and play.
Recycled and found materials are the primary ingredients of the pieces, inside and out, with sealed, repurposed fabric on the surfaces creating a finished texture and color. Lighting elements were recently introduced to some of the pieces to create functional art “lamps.” “Critters” of various species, sometimes anthropomorphized with human costumes and characteristics, are the primary subjects of “GypsyCat.”
Matt and Linda create pieces individually, though they often collaborate in ideas, techniques and materials. Matt’s creations, including his popular giraffes, are more typically dense and muted in color, while Linda’s pieces are often vibrantly colored and humorous. Matt works as a case manager for adults with developmental disabilities. He developed the basic process for “GypsyCat Creations” while leading art classes for his clients. He began creating more complex forms on his own time and started “GyspyCat Creations” in 2010.
Linda is retired from a career in social services. After creating art in many forms in her spare time, she was inspired by her son’s “GypsyCat Creations” and joined him in the creative process. Both are Nashville, Tennessee natives, and after many years in St. Petersburg, both now live in Gulfport. Their work has been offered at “& Gallery” since the fall, and collectors from throughout the country have claimed “critters” of their own.