You wouldn't normally put a fledgling jewelry dsigner in the kitchen to whip up a taste for creation, but that is exactly where Regina Pruss started her design career. Growing up in St. Petersburg, Russia, she watched as her mother and grandmother painted wooden beads, stringing them on a line. It was Russian folk jewelry, and it was an early memory that shaped Regina forever. Call it a family recipe in painting and designing rather than kneading and baking.That inherited inspiration took Regina from drawing and painting to art school and a degree in graphic design. It was a few friends in Brooklyn with a new craft fair who got Regina back to designing with her hands. Named as a tribute to Detroit's queen of soul, Aretha Franklin, and inspired by some tough yet feminine photo spreads in Bust Magazine, Chain Chain Chained brought her back to her first creative kitchen flow: homegrown jewelry design.What makes your art work unique or distinctive?
I try to use mostly vintage materials to create my jewelry. Everything I make is in limited runs, so once the materials are gone, they are gone forever.
What do you remember wanting to be when you grew up?
I started making jewelry after I graduated from College for Creative Studies. I thought jewelry would be a fun hobby after long hours spent on the computer, doing graphic design. Etsy came out around the same time and a friend of mine encouraged me to open up a shop. I never realy meant for this to become a full time business but somehow it did.
What do you most love about the creative process?
My favorite part is finding the materials I'll use to make a certain piece. I don't really have an idea of what I'm going to make until I see what I have to use.
What do you enjoy besides making art?
I don't live by one specific quote because it changes daily.
You can find lots of Regina's lovely jewelry at Yellow Door and online. Stay tuned for more fun and interesting info about Regina all this week!
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