Rebeca Mojica – Creative Guru
Rebeca is responsible for developing new kits & instructions, designing jewelry, crunching lots of numbers, and setting goals and visions for the overall direction of the company. Not to mention the numerous other nuances of being a small business-owner. Being right- and left-brained, she loves it all!
Rebeca Mojica is an author, instructor and award-winning chainmaille artist. She is a contributing editor to Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine and the author of an instructional jewelry book, Chained, (North Light Books, 2010).
She first began making maille in 2002 when she wanted to purchase a chainmaille belt, but couldn't find any designs that she really liked. So she literally took matters into her own hands by buying some jump rings and making a belt on her own, thus awakening her passion. Today she knows more than 100 weaves, including more than a dozen of her own creation, and has a diverse portfolio of both upscale and accessible jewelry.
She is the pre-eminent chainmaille instructor in the Midwest, and has spent more than 1,000 hours teaching students from around the world. In addition to conducting workshops at local bead stores, she has taught at the international Bead&Button Show and has been a guest instructor for the Fashion Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Rebeca is a member of the Chicago Craft Mafia and Chicago Metal Arts Guild. Projects she's designed have appeared in Chain Mail Jewelry and 30 Minute Necklaces, all instructional books by Lark Publishing; Earring Chic by North Light Books; Wirework magazine magazine; Art Jewelry Magazine and Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine. 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. Her work has appeared on CLTV and in The Chicago Tribune and The New York Times.
Rebeca is a frequent guest speaker for numerous jewelry and business groups and schedules several pro bono one-on-one sessions with budding artisans each month to help them build their businesses. She is on the Advisory Board of Audible Odyssey, an organization dedicated to supporting the growth of Chicago's tap dance community.
When she is not weaving maille or running the business, Rebeca enjoys cooking (especially baking bread ), listening to ^A^erosmith, working out, and contemplating quantum physics and fractal cosmology.
View and purchase Rebeca Mojica creations at rebecamojica.com.