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In Their Element
5 fashion-fueled artists merge form and function in a variety of mediums
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer
laine Unzicker’s designs beg to be touched. Which is surprising, considering “sensual” is not a word most of us would associate with something as cold and hard as metal. But that’s one of the great beauties of her work: achieving a soft and almost delicate quality from stainless steel and anodized aluminum to make a fabric with wonderful movement and fluency. Exploring the tension between masculine and feminine, hard and soft, heavy and light is what drew Unzicker to chain mail in the first place.
Originally trained as a jewelry designer and sculptor, she first began working with the medium at Illinois State University, where she pursued an MFA. “I started patterning in chain mail—something no one had ever done before,” she recalls. Her designs are comfortable, flattering, and chic. “I need to know how the weight is distributed, how it lays on the body, moves on the body,” she says, explaining that she solders where necessary. Her chain mail shirts, scarves, skirts, and other articles are not exactly weightless, but they are effortless to wear, with an almost comforting quality. “Many people describe it as a hug,” she says. Extremely durable and completely snag-free, they are also unlike anything else on the fashion scene.
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