Chainmaille is the ancient art of weaving hundreds of individual rings together to form beautiful chains and metal mesh fabrics, used both for armor and adornment. Chainmaille represents strength, beauty, and unity — which is at the heart of Femailler.
I love the ancient arts and hand wrought way of doing things in times past. I want to feel the metal between my fingers, I want to weave and forge it into beautiful shapes of unparalleled craftsmanship. My customers say that my work is magic — I don't know about that, but I know that creating art certainly feels magical.
I have been weaving chainmaille jewelry since I was 14. My brain seems to be attuned to imagining in three dimensional space, and getting the many individual pieces to fit together perfectly is a thrill to me. Exquisite design requires balance: beauty and elegance, complimented by texture that creates dynamic visual interest. Jewelry to me, must be beautiful. And what is worth gracing your body without substance and quality? Jewelry is very personal, and is always a reflection of inward beauty, mood, and desire.
You cannot have true beauty and at the same time practice a disregard for others and for the world we live in. The beauty of how and where a thing came from is just as important as how light reflects off of it into your eyes. I am always striving to use ethically sourced and responsibly manufactured materials in all aspects of my business, from the jewelry to the packaging. As the business grows I will have more and more leverage that can be used to cultivate more ethical options. Business creates influence, influence to change the world for the better or for the worse, and I take that responsibility very seriously.
Let's grow together, to make the world a more beautiful place.
— Deborah Wilson Taylor