Theresa MacWillie

Theresa has a lifelong affair with History, because she loves the stories, the myths, and the facts that surround each era she delves into. She has an extensive background in historical reenactment through costume creation, as a TV and film consultant, entertainment coordinator, and educational and museum lecturer. Working on projects like “Last of the Mohicans” and “The Alamo: The Price of Freedom” as well as her hands-on educational displays and storytelling, she has been a historical resource for many organizations. She is an award-winning artist with Traditional Native bead and quill work. In addition to the Native American, Civil War, and Mountain Man eras, she has also participated in the Elizabethan Renaissance era events as a participant and a vendor with The Hornsymthe booth.

She attended her first Science Fiction convention in the early 1980’s as a vendor and was able to observe the parade of people in costumes as they passed by her booth. The woman next to her was happy to share the stories and connections that were represented by the variety of costumes. Theresa realized that she was as intrigued by the Science Fiction realms as she could find the same kind of stories, myths, and facts within the Science Fiction community as the ones she loved in the historical world.

After a long recovery from a car accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury, Theresa found that she could no longer do the same kind of 3-dimensional arts with leather hides and beadwork that she had been doing. Due to the injury, she began having obsessive thoughts and within those thoughts, Scrimshaw became a primary obsession. The tools to do this craft fell into her hands and she was startled to discover a natural aptitude for this art form. She has been able to transfer the scrimshaw process to buckskin to create unique pieces. Scrimshaw continues to be a love and a passion for Theresa and you can see a variety of her work at The Hornsymthe booth in the Dealer’s room.