State your name and business.
Rebeca Mojica, (formerly Blue Buddha Boutique)

What is your mafia nickname?

What is your craft?
Chainmaille (mostly jewelry but also sculpture and accessories)

Why do you do your craft?
Because I’m addicted. Um, I mean, because it is fun, and extremely gratifying to create something with my own two hands.

What’s your earliest memory of making something?
I used to make dolls out of tissue paper and rubber bands. Also, when I was about 7, I made a hideous purple ceramic ashtray. My parents didn’t even smoke! To their credit, they proudly displayed the ashtray in the living room

What are your sources of inspiration?
Science, fractals, beadwork… and almost everything I look at. I see the world in circles and always think, “Hmm, how could I make that out of maille?”

What is your favorite Chicago haunt?
Anyplace with good sushi.

What is your favorite beverage?
Water! Seriously!

What is your weapon of choice?
My mind.

What would you be doing otherwise?
Nonprofit public relations and development, or teaching English in a foreign country

What advice do you have for an artist/crafter who is just starting?
As Harold Thurman Whitman said, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

On a more practical note – I’d say to practice being a sponge. Learn everything you can from the Internets, from experts in your industry, from the library, from small business development centers, from your customers…in short, keep your mind open to absorb everything. Then be prepared to squeeze out all the advice that you don’t need, and only follow what is right for you and your business.

Where is your work available for purchase?
At and at Blue Buddha Boutique in Chicago.