I have learned how to chainmail over the summer

This is a basic weave, historically for making shirts that deflect overhand sword and axe blows. Puncturing weapons such as arrows and pikes can penetrate if they find a lucky spot in between the links. Generally, weapon edges were smeared with poop so even the smallest cut could be fatal. I also picked up some nasty history during the lesson!

Steelmaiden taught me at this year’s Herstmonceux medieval festival. A very skilled and patient person with heaps of metalwork knowledge and experience. They are available for workshops too!

We started out with a very simple bracelet. Steelmaiden kindly supplied me further linkage to blow the sides of it out, so I turned it into more of a gauntlet.

At this point I had gotten the hang of this weave.

Now that I had the knowledge, I brought one side of the chainmail over my hand into a hathphool-inspired triangle, linked to a ring.


Other jewellery (but crochet).

Wearable art through Depop.

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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