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Rebeca Mojica, chainmaille jewelry artist

Rebeca Mojica bio

Rebeca Mojica is an award-winning jewelry artist, instructor and best-selling author who has been designing chainmaille jewelry since 2002. With her striking use of color and innovative designs, she strives to push the limits of what is commonly thought of as chainmaille. She has heavily influenced the industry by introducing new weaves that hundreds of artisans all over the world recreate and sell today.

A perfectionist to the core, Rebeca was disappointed in the quality of the chainmaille supplies she found when she first began mailling.  She felt her artistic vision was often compromised due to substandard material;  no existing supplier met her high standards for precision-sized, perfectly cut rings in colorful and solid metals.  So in 2003, she founded Blue Buddha Boutique as a supplier of chainmaille components.  The company grew to sales of $1M+ annually, serving customers in all 50 states and more than 40 countries. What made Rebeca most happy, however, was that she now could create jewelry with flawless, predominantly made-in-the-USA components.

Since Blue Buddha's founding, several new companies emerged and began selling chainmaille supplies of increasingly high quality. Faced with increased competition in the supplies industry and the desire to focus on her designs, Rebeca shut down Blue Buddha's store and main website in 2016 and moved to West Hollywood to begin work on Linkt Craft Kits by Neat-Oh! International

Rebeca's work has appeared in local and national media including The Huffington Post, Art Jewelry Magazine, The Crafts Report, The Chicago Tribune and The New York Times.

She is the author of the best-selling instructional jewelry book, CHAINED, (North Light Books, 2010) and was a contributing editor to Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine from 2009-2013.  Her micromaille necklace Poseidon's Embrace was a 3rd place winner in the Finished Jewelry category of the international Bead Dreams 2009 competition—marking the first time a chainmaille design was juried into the finals. In 2014 the same necklace won first place in the Jewelry category of the inagural Craftys Awards.  In 2013, her Chainmaille Mandala won People's Choice in the Bead Dreams competition.

Rebeca teaches chainmaille locally and at a select number of international bead/gem shows and out-of-state crafting shops. She has created dozens of tutorials for making chainmaille jewelry through Blue Buddha Boutique and graciously allows other artisans to create and sell any of these Rebeca Mojica original designs

When she is not weaving maille or running the business, Rebeca enjoys cooking, working out, and contemplating quantum physics and fractal cosmology.

Artist StatementRebeca Mojica

I have always been a tactile person, so it is not surprising that I was drawn to the ancient art of chainmaille. As soon as I made my first piece—a belt—I realized it was incredibly soothing to link together ring after ring and watch a pattern unfold. At the time, I imagined I would do more beadwork or metalsmithing, because that is what I saw around me. But I could not deny my love for maille. With no experts around to teach me, I began exploring this relatively untapped medium on my own.

Chainmaille is a marriage between mathematics and free-form shape, between right- and left-brain talents. I'm fascinated that a single shape can be put together in so many ways, yielding virtually an infinite number of textures and patterns. I absolutely love picking up a piece of chainmaille and feeling its very distinct personality come to life in my fingers. By using colored rings and combining classic weaves in new ways, I try to erase people's preconceived notions of chainmaille. When I hear someone say, "Wow! I didn't know chainmaille could do that!", then I know I've succeeded.

I am inspired by fractal mathematics, organic shapes and architecture. Where other people see flowers, trees and buildings, and I see a world where everything is made of interlocked circles.  My brain spends a lot of time thinking, "OK, how could I make that out of maille?"

As a teacher, I help students discover that they can create beauty using only their hands, pliers and jump rings. There is a sense of instant gratification after completing a bracelet in a few short hours. I offer students an escape from the daily grind, and a chance to be captivated by this meditative art form.

People often tell me, "You must have so much patience." But when you do something you love, patience doesn't even enter the picture. This truly is my passion, my love.

DISCLAIMER: Any links to my chainmaille book on Amazon are affiliate links, which means that if you purchase anything from Amazon after following that link, I'll get a few pennies. And yes, I'm grateful for every last penny. Thank you for helping to support an artisan. :-)