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I create elaborate pieces of beaded armor and chainmaille fashion. My desire is to create work that pushes the boundaries of what people expect from both media while also exploring the intersections of armor and fashion. I'm focused on the question of how we use objects of adornment to simultaneously communicate who we are to others while also protecting ourselves from the vulnerability of that communication.
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http://www.kalibutterfly.com

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Kickstarter Project - A Chainmaille Wedding Dress

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 1:44pm 0 Comments

Last week, before running off to Santa Fe to teach, I launched a Kickstarter project.  My goal is to raise funds for supplies for a chainmaille wedding dress.  I make chainmaille jewelry for a living and chainmaille clothing for fun, and this is the next epic project that I'd like to work on.  The dress will be made from nearly 90,000 rings, with another 10,000 rings for a veil, each individually woven together with just two pairs of pliers.  My hope is to submit it to the World of Wearable…

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At 7:54am on April 15, 2013, Brigitte Martin said…

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At 9:40am on March 21, 2010, Deborrah Daher said…
Amazing work Vanessa - wonderfully made and the fit is graceful, too.
 
 
 

A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

Rachel and Brigitte will be appearing on the wonderful Jay Whaley Metalsmith Benchtalk Radio Show, talking about the Co:Operation Garnish project, how they came up with the idea, what the project is about and the plans moving forward.

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