Chicago Designer Creates “Joan of Arc” Armor From Recycled Bike Tubes

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Taking inspiration from Joan of Arc, Chicago-based designer Grace Duval transformed a slew of old bicycle inner tubes into armor fit for the mother of all martyrs herself. Comprising a jointed corset with protective shoulder and arm pieces, the medieval-style suit could easily be mistaken for finely wrought steel. Look closer, however, and the deftly manipulated strips of rubber are unmistakable.


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ARMORED AND READY

To create the bodice, DuVal fashioned a base from cardboard, brown paper, and glue. “The entire base is constructed from cardboard that is cut and hot-glued into shape,” DuVal explains. “Each individual piece was then covered in multiple coats of brown paper dipped in wallpaper paste, creating a thin, lightweight but very sturdy form of papier-mâché.”

To create the bodice, DuVal fashioned a base from cardboard, brown paper, and glue.

After apply gesso to remove corrugation lines and spray-painting everything matte black, DuVal glued panels of woven bicycle tubes using rubber cement. Finally, she says, she added fringed and braided embellishments, pulling everything together with screws and acorn-cap fittings to create a “more intense armored feel.” The entire process took 50 hours. “It was a labor of love, that’s for sure!” she adds.

Next stop: Game of Thrones convention?

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