I'm excited to introduce one of my all time favorite artists, Vanessa Walilko of Kali Butterfly.
Vanessa started out working with seed beads and created some stunning, award-winning pieces.
After that, she started to focus on chain maille and to make gorgeous aluminum jewelry.
(I love this necklace! Found in her Etsy Store.)
She's also an accomplished fashion designer and has created some fantastic pieces out of aluminum rings, discs, and scales -- which I love because they remind me of sequins.
Not only is she insanely talented, she's an amazing person. She's been a great teacher and mentor to me, as well as a friend, and is one of my go-to people for discussing creative ideas because she encourages me to try the big, scary stuff.
Speaking of creative ideas, she's tackling one of her most elaborate pieces to date. A chain maille wedding dress! This will take a lot of material, which is why she's decided to fund her project through Kickstarter.
If you're familiar with Kickstarter, you know that creative people bring their ideas to life by collecting pledges, and then funding, from backers -- people who promise to donate a certain amount of money, and who enjoy different rewards based on how much support they give.
Vanessa is talented, as well as driven and hardworking. She finishes what she starts, and when she completes a project, it's always outstanding. I hope you'll consider pledging your support -- getting to see this project from start to finish will be an incredible opportunity, and you don't want to miss out on those rewards!
For more information on Vanessa and her work, visit her website. And in case you missed it the first time, here is the link to her Kickstarter project -- complete with a video!
Thanks for joining me for today's Featured Friday!
Have a sequintastic day!