Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kickstarter, Kickstarter, make me a match

For those of you who don't follow my Facebook page, I've started a Kickstarter campaign for my latest epic chainmaille idea: a chainmaille wedding dress.

The idea came from a friend's husband, and it was too cool of an idea for me to pass up. Of course, supplies for this piece are going to be pricey, more than I can justify for something I'm making for fun. (I realize how crazy that sounds. How does anyone link 100,000 metal rings together "for fun"?)

The project has been up for just over a week, and the response has already been, well, awesome. Family, friends, and strangers have been willing to invest their hard-earned money in my artistic vision. And it warms my heart to know that people are willing to help each other out. It's pretty cool. Of course, I still need to raise another $900 by April 13 or I get nothing. Those are the Kickstarter rules.

My plan is to submit this to the World of Wearable Art Competition. I hoping they'll consider this work epic enough to include in the show. If you could help donate so that I make this dress and submit it to the competition, that would be amazing.

Here's the video I put together for the project.

Vanessa Walilko
Chainmaille jewelry
Handmade chain mail jewelry

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Staying productive with mini-risks

I just read an interesting article on mini-risks. The idea is that when we take little risks through the day, we can eliminate doubts about our work and accomplish bigger and better things.

I certainly was able to boost my confidence when I was taking improv classes. Those little successes sure can help someone feel like global domination is possible.

Of course, I generally feel like global domination is possible.

Vanessa Walilko
Handcrafted Chainmail Jewelry
Chainmaille Jewelry