Artist Interview: Pam Regnier

With over 30 years of jewelry making experience, Pam Regnier’s work brings a touch of sparkle to our store.  Her patterns are stunning- light simply sparkles and dances in each of her unique pieces of art. As a child of the Sixties, Pam was introduced to jewelry making through seed beads. Although she works with several different mediums much of her inspiration comes from Native American seed bead jewelry. We invite you to come on in and check her work out- before it’s all gone!

Name: Pam Regnier

Age Group: Cherry Blossom

Art Medium: Bead Weaving

ALBH: How did you find your way into bead weaving?

Pam: Having grown up in the sixties, seed bead jewelry was popular. I started stringing my own necklaces. In the eighties, I found pattern books for Native American designs, and I was hooked. I quit making jewelry for awhile; starting again a couple of years ago. I wondered if at my age I would be able to work with seed beads again without having them fly all over the house. Low and behold I am better at it then I was years ago. Bead weaving is my favorite medium for making jewelry because there are so many variations and styles.

ALBH: Was your style hard to learn? The patterns look pretty hard to follow.

Pam: I have never taken lessons in jewelry creating. I taught myself how to do the stitches involved in bead weaving. It may take me a few tries to get the design to work. It just depends on what kind of design you working with as to the difficulty.

ALBH: What are the standard materials you need to have in order to make one of your pieces?

Pam: I use beading needles, Wildfire bead weaving thread, size 10 Beader’s Paradise seed beads, assorted beads, crystals, pendants, and clasps.

ALBH: How long have you been at this? I couldn’t imagine sitting down and making one of these pieces right now . . .

Pam: Off and on for 30 years 5.

ALBH: Is there anything special we should know about caring for one of your items?

Pam: My pieces are fairly sturdy, but you are dealing with thread which can wear and stretch. Try not to get them wet, and store them in a jewelry box.

ALBH: What does the word “Hippie” mean to you?

Pam: Peace, love and free thinking.

ALBH: What’s your favorite and least favorite part of your craft?

Pam: My favorite is seeing how the beads turn into an interesting pattern and my least favorite would be spilling the beads!

ALBH: How long does a typical piece take you to make?

Pam: Depends on the piece and the length; 3 hours to a couple of days.

ALBH: What do you do for fun, outside of your beading?

Pam: Beading is my fun!