Jean Bolliger's Profile

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Creating chainmaille is something that was introduced to me nearly 4 years ago through my sweetheart, Mike. Shiny metal rings are now my medium of choice- which is something I never saw coming and am now incredibly passionate about (like my sweetheart)! I have a degree in Graphic Design, which is my day job, and one in Illustration, which lends itself strongly to all of my creative endeavors.

While attending school at American Academy of Art in Chicago to earn my Illustration degree, one of the places I'd often visit was the Chicago Art Institute's Hall of Armor. The chainmaille pieces were a marvel! I had always wished for an opportunity to touch it because it looked so incredibly tactile.

In the beginning, I learned traditional weave patterns like Byzantine and European 4-in-1 sheet maille. It wasn't long though, and I realized there…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 1
  • Joined January 21, 2008

Favorite materials

Stainless steel, rings, German glass, spheres, brass, Czech glass buttons, pen nibs, ball bearings, crystals, bike spokes, niobium, nails, copper

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About

Creating chainmaille is something that was introduced to me nearly 4 years ago through my sweetheart, Mike. Shiny metal rings are now my medium of choice- which is something I never saw coming and am now incredibly passionate about (like my sweetheart)! I have a degree in Graphic Design, which is my day job, and one in Illustration, which lends itself strongly to all of my creative endeavors.

While attending school at American Academy of Art in Chicago to earn my Illustration degree, one of the places I'd often visit was the Chicago Art Institute's Hall of Armor. The chainmaille pieces were a marvel! I had always wished for an opportunity to touch it because it looked so incredibly tactile.

In the beginning, I learned traditional weave patterns like Byzantine and European 4-in-1 sheet maille. It wasn't long though, and I realized there were infinite configurations these rings could be placed into. Geometry and math came into play, which I love. Thinking in 3-D, geometric terms when I create packaging designs has been a beneficial skill that lends well to thinking of new ring configurations.

Capturing objects within the rings is a pleasant challenge. Working with various ring thicknesses and and diameters to capture an item is akin to solving a 3-D puzzle. Some of my favorite objects to capture are ballbearings, glass spheres, glass buttons, pen nibs and crystals. These objects float within the rings they are captured by. They are not wired or glued.

Putting a modern twist on this medieval art is incredibly satisfying. Many of the designs you see in my collection are the result of many hours of experimentation, with PolyHexaBloom, Lotusflower, and Starflower being my favorite achievements.

Sharing these wearable 3-D works of geometric magic with you is my joy. My favorite daydreams and deep thoughts happen while weaving these rings together for both myself and for you.

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