Ahimsa Designs – Artisan Vegan Jewelry Designs by Kristen Anderson


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Chainmaille can be a teacher of culture, history, math, art and technical skill. And yet, what continues to draw me to this art form is the idea of connectedness. Placing each ring in one at a time becomes a form of meditation for me. I give all of my attention to that one ring until it is properly closed and then move on to the next. I learn to focus on the one moment and then I see the finished beauty that comes from one ring at a time and my spirit feels the possibilities of that translating into something bigger…awareness of the present moment, one (moment, person, act of kindness, etc) making a difference and the intricate beauty that comes when the one is realized as part of the whole. Everything is connected.

I have been a little obsessed with chainmaille for over a decade now. I discovered it as a new jeweler and remember the satisfaction of learning a new weave, discovering the math involved in the importance of aspect ratio in creating a functional piece. Each weave has its own stories…of beginnings in one place…most commonly Europe, Japan, or Persia…and then transforming through various time periods and cultures.

Chainmaille is an ancient art of weaving metal that has been practiced for over 2,000 years. This particular weave is a variation of a traditional Byzantine weave. Thought to have developed out of the traditional European weaves, Byzantine was most likely invented in Italy. It is a beautifully intricate weave that is supple and fluid on the wrist.

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